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Tips and ideas on how to best spend a layover at airport. Got a favorite quiet place to connect to wifi? A great bar or restaurant? Maybe an exhibit or a walk? Share your Airport layover experiences with others, or post a question and get notified when there is a response.

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  • 1:45 layover for IAD to BUF 11th August
    Jul 14, 2014
    4
    the Lufthansa flight i have booked tickets from lands at Washington at 3:05pm and then, i got to board the Buffalo flight that departs at 4:50pm.. i was told that immigration at IAD takes quite long and i am not a US citizen either..Is it true? if so, what should i do for i don't want to miss my connecting flight? please help

     

    Immigration at IAD is actually usually quite short. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time. If for some reason you do miss your connection, you will be rebooked on the next flight to Buffalo

     

    ZAP, firstly thanks for your reply. you say i will be "rebooked on the next flight to Buffalo"..who is going to do that for me? And secondly, isn't the period of 2pm-4pm one of heavy traffic at IAD? lot of international flights landing would make overseas immigration plus customs check longer and additionally, i need to get my luggage checked-in for my connecting flight..in general, are these all possible in my 1:45 hours window or do i need to worry?

     

    United or Lufthansa should be able to rebook you if necessary. Your amount of time is sufficient. Yes there are many international flights coming in at that time but IAD is built to handle it.

     

    Thanks again ZAP..one last thing I noticed and wanted your advice on. The issuing airlines of my flight booking is Lufthansa but the flight is operated by United Airlines. I will land at IAD by United Airlines flight and the departure to Buffalo is also by a United flight..will this fact help me in any way by quickening up the process? Lastly, I spoke to Lufthansa folks and they said they don't rebook passengers who miss their connecting flight due to Immigration delays. Rebooking is done only if their flight arrives late and connecting flight is missed due to that delay.

     

  • Layover
    Jul 4, 2014
    3
    Hi! I'll be arriving to ORD at 2:25pm (ANA Air from Narita) and will need to catch a UNITED flight to Washington DC (IDA) at 4:15pm. Will I need to go to immigration and claim my baggage? My travel agent told me that my baggage will be directly send to Washington DC, is it true? Will the time be enough for me to go through all of these steps?

     

    Your travel agent is wrong. You will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US Customs, and then re-check your bags with United (even though your bag will be tagged through to IAD in Tokyo you will still have to claim it to go through customs). Then you will take the ATS Train to Terminal 1, go through security, and to your departure gate. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.

     

    I found this note in ANA website: In Chicago If you are connecting from NH International flight, UA Connection Baggage Counter in Terminal 5 is also available for check-in. Can I use this?

     

    Yes, you are supposed to drop your baggage in Terminal 5 after you clear customs. However, you still have to take the ATS Train to T1, go through security, and to your departure gate since that's where your departure gate will be.

     

  • T1
    Jun 28, 2014
    1
    how long i need from T1 to T3 as i dont have loggages and i have 1 hour to catch up my next flight

     

    At FCO T1 has boarding area B, T3 has boarding areas D & H (with D & H gates) When connecting from gate to gate, follow signs to "Boarding Area". You have enough transfer time.

     

  • Greece
    Jun 26, 2014
    1
    I made a mistake looking at my itinerary. I actually have 2 hours and 15 minutes layover in Frankfurt. Will that be enough time? And how do I ensure my luggage will transfer from Lufthansa to Aegean? Also, the 45 minute layover is in Thessaloniki Greece going to Santorini. Is that enough time? I know that is a smaller airport. Thank you so very much.

     

    2 hrs 15 mins should be plenty of time. If you purchased your tickets together the bags will be tagged through to Santorini. Both Lufthansa and Aegean are in Star Alliance.

     

  • Layover and Luggage
    Jun 26, 2014
    4
    I am coming from the US and traveling to Thessaloniki Greece with a layover in Frankfurt. My layover time is 45 minutes. I understand Frankfurt is a huge airport and I want to make sure that is enough time. Also, will my luggage be transferred or would I need to get my luggage and check in again?? Any advice or tips would be much appreciated.

     

    You will not have to claim your luggage but that is a very tough connection since you will go through Schengen Immigration and security on your way to your departure gate.

     

    I made a mistake looking at my itinerary. I actually have 2 hours and 15 minutes layover in Frankfurt. Will that be enough time? And how do I ensure my luggage will transfer from Lufthansa to Aegean? Also, the 45 minute layover is in Thessaloniki Greece going to Santorini. Is that enough time? I know that is a smaller airport. Thank you so very much.

     

    You barely have enough time fo ryour connection. Yes, you need to go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US customs, re-check your bags with United, then take the ATS Train from Terminal 5 to Terminal 1 and go through security and to your departure gate. Just bringing a carry-on will save you a little time.

     

    Oooo wow. Thank you so much for you reply! I really appreciate it. It really has helped. I guess I should just bring a carry on... :(

     

  • layover
    Jun 25, 2014
    3
    was the 2 hrs lay over in Vancouver would be enough? I'm flying from Edmonton (west-jet airlines) to Vancouver with a connecting flight (china airlines) to Taipei. Thank you in advance.

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. Westjet and China Airlines have an Interline baggage agreement so your bags should be checked through to Taipei and all you have to do in Vancouver is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

    Thank you zap! I actually flying to Philippines, but I have a stop over in Taipei, Do I still need to check out my baggage in Taipei or it should be going directly to Philippines?

     

    In that case, no, I don't think you will have to claim your bags in Taipei either.

     

  • Is an hour layover long enough?
    Jun 22, 2014
    2
    I had flights booked with United from Indianapolis to Beijing. My flight got changed due to the airline not having my original flight and so I was given the option to take a similar flight, but the layover is oy 59 minutes (between Dulles and going to Beijing). I'm using United for all flights so I don't need to collect baggage. Is this reasonable to get to the terminal to go to Beijing on time?

     

    United uses midfield concourse C/D; C gates C1-30 & D gates D1-32 are connected by a walkway. you have enough transfer time.

     

    You may also arrive at A, which is connected to C and D by the Aerotrain and mobile lounge inside security.

     

  • Cousin coming in tomorrow, question
    Jun 21, 2014
    1
    So my cousin is coming from TPE tomorrow. Her next flight is to San Diego. He has around a four hour gap. We did not tell her we might met her and might go at the last minute. the question is, will she come out of the terminals, or does she have an option of staying in the terminals without coming out?

     

    Upon arrival from Taoyuan Airport in Taiwan at SFO's International Terminal, your cousin will first go through the customs process & re-check-in bags, then proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where you can meet her/him near the information counter, and thereafter your cousin can take the Red-line of the Air Train (one flight down) to her connecting domestic terminal (T1, T2 or T3).

     

  • Is 1Hr 15 min Layover time too short to catch Lufthansa LH1132
    Jun 19, 2014
    0
    I am travelling from San Francisco (USA) to Barcelona (Spain) having a layover at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). I am arriving at Frankfurt via United UA926 with layover of 1hr15min to catch Lufthanan LH1132. Would 1hr 15min be too rush in this case? Thanks in advance for any advise

     

  • Re-Checking Bags at JFK Airport
    Jun 13, 2014
    0
    I have a flight from Santiago to JFK arriving at 9am. I then have a 9 hour lay-over before my flight back to the UK at 6pm. I know in connecting flights through the US you have to re-claim your bag, but I am not sure how/when I can re-check it again! Can I re-check my bag immediately or do I have to wait for the check-in desk for my flight to London to open 4 hours before? I really want to go into the city (very briefly I know) but I don't want to be stuck with my bag! Any advice would be really helpful!

     

  • Long Layover at FCO
    Jun 11, 2014
    0
    We have a long layover at FCO (8.5 hrs). We arrive from Toronto and going to Albania. IDo we have enough time to visit downtown Rome or we have to stay all that time at the Aeroport. We have Canadian Passaport.

     

  • ABQ,JFK,ARUBA arrive 6 am @JFK depart 11:30 am Jetblue
    Jun 9, 2014
    0
    First time international flight and 5.5 hour layover does not sound too great. So I have some questions. From what I understand customs / immigration will only be an issue in Aruba. Otherwise I can leave and enter JFK and only deal with TSA. Are there any suggestions on where to go in 5.5 hour layover. Secondly how much time should I devote to leaving JFk and reentering JFK TSA. If I have Carry on baggage is there a place I can store this while I take a look at New York? Thank you for the help.

     

  • 1:30 layover VIE-IAD-DEN
    Jun 5, 2014
    0
    I'm thinking of booking a flight from Vienna, Austria to Denver CO that would leave me with a 90 min layover in IAD. I'm familiar with the airport, but I've never had a connection this tight. Will I make it to my next flight? Thank you in advance.

     

  • IS 47 MINUTES A SUFFICIENT LAYOVER TIME
    Jun 4, 2014
    0
    I'm flying from boston on usair to phx and have 47 minutes to connect to an American flight, does this seem reasonable?

     

  • Transfer at O'Hare
    Jun 2, 2014
    0
    Hi! I'll be arriving to ORD at 2:45pm (ANA 1012 arriving from Narita) and will need to catch a UNITED flight to Washington DC (IDA) at 4:15pm. Will I need to claim my baggage, go through security, change terminals, and then check-in again? Will the time be enough for me to go through all of these steps? I'm debating whether to just bring carry-on luggage so I don't need to worry about this short transfer time. Thank you very much!

     





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