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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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  • 1hr Layover enough time?!
    Oct 14, 2013
    I have 1hour to catch my flight from terminal D to terminal A - do you guys think I'll be able to make it?!


    Yes, 1 hr transfer at IAH will suffice: The above-ground TerminaLink train, which starts its service at the Terminal A station, connects terminals A, B, C, D/E inside security (allow for 30 mins transfer from A to D).


  • 36 min layover - enough?
    Oct 8, 2013
    Hi! my friends and I are flying to LAX with Delta. We will arrive at terminal 5 at 10.24am. However, our connecting flight with Delta is at 11am at terminal 5 too. Will we be able to make it with 36min of layover? Do we have to go through security once again?


    No you won't have to go through security. If your first flight is on-time you'll have enough time. Terminal 5 is not large.


  • Correction to earlier comment re. T4-T8 layover
    Oct 3, 2013
    A few minutes ago I sent an inquiry re. a friend's layover at JFK. She will actually be flying in to T4 from Israel, landing at 3.30 pm, and flying out T8 to Toronto at 8.30 p.m. Is there a place that I can meet her during the 5 hours she'll be waiting between flights?


    Best place would be the exit of customs in T4.


  • hi
    Oct 1, 2013
    i fly from memphis to new delhi,i land at atlanta at 5pm at terminal S i.e domestic with a delta fight and have to catch a 5.30pm flight with delta to the time sufficient and also i suppose i have to go through the immigration and security.and i have an 18 month old infant with me. your help will be appreciated.thank u


    sorry the departure flight is at 5.50pm and i land at 5pm but i think i will be out of the plane at 5 15pm ad i guess the international flight will already be boarded so do u suggesr i change the tickets


    You do not have to go through any immigration in Atlanta. You will only have to go from your arrival concourse (you arrive in one of the concourses T or A-D, not "Terminal S" and then you will depart from another concourse. Since Delta does not fly from Atlanta to Delhi nonstop, you will be flying somewhere else first, right? If that somewhere else is international, your departure will be in Concourse E and F. The Plane Train connects all concourses inside security.


    i fly from atlanta to paris,the concern is i arrive atlanta at 5pm and hane the connecting flight to paris at 5.50pm,so if u say that the immigration will be done at memphis will the time be enough to board the connecting flight to paris.taking in hand 15 minutes to get off the flight and board the 5.50 flight which will make it a 30 minutes layover time.


    You won't have to go through any immigration in either Memphis or Atlanta. All you have to do in Atlanta is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The only time you will have to go through immigration on your trip is when you get to Delhi.


    so 30 minutes is enough to catch the connecting flight to paris


  • DXB - DFW - DEN
    Sep 27, 2013
    i will be traveling to denver via dallas airport with 4 hrs layover in november. my flight reaches at 9 am in terminal d. could you please guide me the process from exiting the plane. is it the immigration first to clear ? and will my baggage claim be in the same terminal ? will there be signs indicating how to move around. and for the re check in of bags, will it be in the same area where im picking it up ? and after i finsh with the customs too, i need to go to terminal A for the AA flight to denver, do i take the skylink for tht ? how long approx would all this take ?


  • Sufficient layover time
    Sep 15, 2013
    I arrive in dulles from orlando and have a connection to dublin, ireland , the layover is 1 hour 12 minutes, will this be sufficient time to make connection


    The time should suffice. Your arrival at IAD depends on which airline you take; your departure is most likely from the Midfield Concourse C/D (D gates). (a)The shuttle bus to the D gates is located on the Main Terminal's lower level (to the right of the passenger walkway to A& B gates). The AeroTrain serves only A, B & C gates A1-32, B35-79, and C1-30; however, C gates C1-30 & D gates D1-32 are connected by a walkway.


  • layover
    Aug 26, 2013
    have a 4hr layover at clt is there a private lounge


    There are two US Airways clubs. A day membership is $50.


  • Meeting people during 1.5hr layover
    Aug 25, 2013
    I'm meeting my folks during a 1.5 hr layover. I'll be flying in on USAir. Where is the best place to tell them to meet me? Thanks!


  • fon my flee
    Aug 18, 2013
    i need know if is possible sleep in hotel inside the aeroport i have a stop for 13 ore


    Houston has two Airports: 1. Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH for international flights, 2. Houston Hobby HOU for domestic flights. At IAH, the on-Airport 'Airport Marriott Hotel' is located in the center of the Airport terminal complex (tel. 281-443-2310 or 800-228-9290), linking the airside of the terminals to the hotel's dining & conference rooms. HOU has no on-Airport hotel.


  • Meeting friend during his layover
    Aug 11, 2013
    A friend has a 4 hour layover arriving from SNA and leaving on an international flight to Scotland. Can we meet with him at the airport during his layover.


    Yes, that might be enough time. Ticketing area of the international terminal is probably the best place.


  • Glasgow via Newark to either toronto yyz or buffalo buf
    Aug 8, 2013
    International flight from Glasgow UK united. To either buffalo or toronto as based in niagara Canada side 30th December with 2hr 10minute layover I need wheel chair. What is best connecting flight to choose and is this enough time and what is process


    As to wheelchair or special needs accommodation, you need to contact United. You will arrive at EWR at Terminal C, where you need to go through passport check, pick up bags, go through customs clearance, and re-check-in bags where indicated. Your connecting flight to Toronto would be in the same terminal, while a United Buffalo departure may be out of Terminal A, reached via Airtrain, which takes no more than 10 mins, but you need to go through security check at TA before proceeding to your gate. At Buffalo Airport, Canadian and US travelers can take either the on-site Airport Taxi (1-800-551-4369), the Airport Express (1-800-604-1570) or the Airport Shuttle (1-888-402-6606)--among many other options. At Toronto you have more transportation options.


    If both flights leave at the same time then just choose whichever destination is easier for you or costs less. Both will likely leave out of the same part of the terminal at Newark and both entail the same procedures in Newark - you will have to go through US immigration, claim your baggage, go through customs, then re-check your bags, then possibly go to a different terminal where United Express operates, then go through security and to your gate. If you fly to Toronto, you will go through Canadian immigration when you arrive in Toronto. You can request wheelchair service from United over the phone after you book your ticket.


  • help with 51 min layover
    Aug 5, 2013
    I arrive on flight DL5165 with 51 minutes to get to next gate on DL 1166. anyone know if this is doable?


    At ATL, Delta is using Concourses 1 through E (with corresponding gates). DL 5165 arrival is listed as gate C51, DL1166 at A34. The Plane Train making its continuous round, takes you to your connecting Concourse. You should have enough time.


    Thank you for the help


  • Short layover. Will I have enough time
    Jul 22, 2013
    My family is thinking about flying from Philly to Phoenix and then on to Maui in December. Philly flight gets in at 11:08 and Maui flight leaves at 11:40. Seems kind of close especially in December. Do you think it is enough time?


    As PHX has 3 terminals and your transfer depends on which airline you take, I suggest you open - then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS, and scroll down to the detailed text.


    That is tight, even though everything will be in the same terminal on US Airways. I would try to get on an earlier flight out of Philly.


  • 45 mins layover at DTW
    Jul 17, 2013
    Hi, I am going to Fly to Detroit from Columbus, OH with Delta, and my other flight will be to Amsterdam with KLM. I have just 45 mins layover. Do you think can i catch that plane in 15 mins? Because i guess i have to go International from domestics? and what if my first flight delay a little bit, i don't want to stay in an airport whole day and night to wait the next day plane. Any suggestions? Thanks.


    On your way to Amsterdam, you don't have to do anything "special" for your connection. Just go from your arriving gate to your departing gate. Also, Delta flies 4 flights a day between Detroit and Amsterdam during the summer, so unless your booked on the last flight of the night, if you miss your connection you can just be rebooked.


    Thank you for your response. So do you think can i catch that plane in 45 mins? and do you know the distance between the arriving gate and my departure gate? should i take a bus or subway? I try to check from the map but i cannot understand from the gate numbers. The problem will be if i miss that plane, after Amsterdam i have 2 more connections to my city so i will miss the other planes sequentially and i bought my last plane ticket separately from the others, so Delta or KLM won't cover the last one.


    You won't have to take any buses or anything. If your flight from CMH arrives in the B/C concourse (which it probably will), there's a short tunnel that connects it to A. Your Amsterdam flight will leave from the center of A, near where the tunnel is. It shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes to get between your gates.


    Thank you very much for your response.


  • coming from College station terminal A ,leaving houston for frankfurt
    Jul 16, 2013
    layover time 2 hour 20 minutes. Is it sufficient ? internation flight from terminal D. how to reach from terminal A to terminal D? surface train or under ground? will United A will transfer the kuggage to Lufthansa?


    You take the TerminaLink train between terminals which runs inside the secure area. Yes, if your tickets were bought on one reservation then United will transfer your bags to Lufthansa. You have plenty of time.




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