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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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  • 45 mins layover at DTW
    Jul 17, 2013
    4
    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
    2
    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.

     

    thanks

     

  • 1.15 h layover
    Jul 14, 2013
    1
    Hi, I'm flying Tampa to Washington, Washington to Toronto United 5162 . Is 1.15 min enough to make a connection?

     

    Yes, both of your flights should be on the C/D concourse so it should be a very easy connection.

     

  • Flight From LA to Hong Kong
    Jul 6, 2013
    1
    Hi, my flight from Salt Lake City to LA in Terminal 5 at 10.35pm and I need to catch another flight in Terminal B at 12.45am from LA to Hong Kong , I'm wondering whether enough time for 2hrs ?

     

    LAX doesn't have a Terminal B - I'm assuming you mean the Tom Bradly International Terminal. Yes, if your first flight is on-time that will be enough time, but you'll want to hurry if you have to claim bags and move them to the second carrier yourself. (if both tickets weren't bought on the same reservation)

     

  • Smoking area
    Jun 10, 2013
    1
    Is an 1 hour and 15 min loyover enough time to exit security and smoke and get back through security?

     

    Yeah, that's probably enough time. Especially if both of your flights are in the same terminal.

     

  • SV035
    Jun 4, 2013
    1
    will be flying into IAD on SV035, arriving at 2:00PM. I will then have to catch DL2015 to SNA, leaving at 04:29PM. Will there be enough time to catch the flight to SNA?

     

    Delta does not fly from IAD to SNA. Are you sure you're on Delta? Perhaps the Delta flight goes somewhere else first.

     

  • 8 hr layover
    May 22, 2013
    0
    I get to PHX at 11 at night and mi connecting flight doesn't leave til 7:35 am the next day. What can I do for 8 hrs? Are there hotels (cheap ones) or rooms where I can rest? I won't be touring the city at those times for sure and I don't want to sleep on the chairs with my purse and carry on. I'm a student and I'm just looking for any suggestions

     

  • 22H layover
    May 19, 2013
    1
    Hi i'm arriving at JFK at 17h50 and leaving the day after at 20h00. Will I need to leave the airport to find accomodation tfor the night? Will i need a visa? All ideas/solutions welcome

     

    Open http://www.sleepinginairports.net/usa/newyorkjfk.htm#.UZjtt0qnfzY - it covers from sleeping on the floor, to hotels, and more. As to visa (if leaving the Airport) that depends on if your country is part of the visa-waiver countries. See http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/temp_1305.html

     

  • International Layover
    May 21, 2013
    5
    My route is Omaha-Detroit-Frankfurt (Germany) by Delta. Is it enought time 50 minutes layover in Detroit? Do I have to go throught security again after Omaha?

     

    Your transfer time at Detroit depends on which Airlines you arrive & depart from. The McNamara Terminal is used by Delta & its SkyTeam partners (including Delta & Air France), while the North Terminal uses all other DTW airlines. Both terminals are at different locations, requiring a shuttle connection and going through security check. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/dtw, then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

    Ariive&departure is from McNamara Terminal. Is it enough time 50 minutes? Do I need security check?

     

    At DTW, the 1-mile long McNamara Terminal has 121 gates in Concourses A & B/C. A tunnel connects in the center between Concourse A (near gate 38) and Concourses B & C (at Gates C1 of the lower level). As Concourse A is the longest, the Express Tram stops at the South station near gate A11, the Terminal station in the center near the water feature, and the North station near gate A67. Concourse A has to the left gates A38-A1; to the right gates A40-78, and at its center the tunnel connecting to Concourse B to the left and Concourse C to the right. No need to go through security. You have enough time.

     

    You will not have to go through security in Detroit.

     

    Thank you

     

  • Lay-over time between flights
    May 13, 2013
    1
    My 72-year old husband and I have a connecting flight from San Francisco, California (International flight) on board ANA airline in Terminal 1 to Las Vegas, Nevada in Terminal 3. We only have 2 hours lay-over and will need to go through immigration and customs. This is the first time we will be travelling to the USA. Will need your advice. who can assist us given my husband's age.

     

    You can likely ask ANA for wheelchair service if you need it. Your ANA flight will actually arrive in the International Terminal. There is both a secure-side and non-secure side walkway from the International Terminal to Terminal 3.

     

  • flight connections
    May 13, 2013
    1
    I'm arriving at IHA on United UA 3262 at 0637 hrs. to connect with United UA 3262 at 0727 hrs. I have a problem walking at times Will I have enough time to make the transfer?

     

    Are both of your flights really 3262? If so everything will likely be in Termianal B and close together.

     

  • Time to clear customs between flights
    May 7, 2013
    1
    Flying South African Airways from Johannesburg to JFK arriving 6.40am, 1h45 layover connecting to Charlotte on US airlines. It's booked as a package is it enough time to get through passport control etc. (is there a fast track for connecting flights?)

     

    There is no fast-track for connecting flights. You'll also have to re-check your bags, go outside and take the airtrain from terminal 4 to terminal 7, then go back through security. You have a chance since it's so early in the morning, but you'll really have to hurry.

     

  • Still have to go through passport contro
    Apr 29, 2013
    1
    thanks for the response. It is a relief not to worry about the luggage, I assume we still have to go through passport control. Is 1 hr transfer time sufficient?

     

    Italy and the Netherlands are both in Schengen so there is no passport control when you go between them. There will just be security at the gate.

     

  • Time to go back through security?
    Apr 29, 2013
    1
    My girlfriend is flying in from West Palm Beach to catch a flight to London. She has about a 1 1/2 hour layover in Newark (8:05-9:40pm). Will she have enough time to leave the secure area and go back through so I can say goodbye?! The chart says terminal C security takes only a few minutes between 8 and 9pm. Thoughts?

     

    Yes, security lines should be pretty short that time of night. If her flight is on-time she should have a few minutes.

     

  • 7 hour lay over
    Apr 28, 2013
    1
    we have a 10 hour lay over at IAH. We get to IAH at 1am with connecting flight the next day at 10:30 am. Besides sleeping at the airport floor, do you have any suggestions?

     

    According to Google Maps there's 2 Denny's not too far from IAH - you could take a cab there then call another cab when you're sick of killing time there. There's also an on-site hotel at IAH if you want to actually try to sleep. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/iahap-houston-airport-marriott-at-george-bush-intercontinental/

     





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