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  • Connecting between Alitalia and United
    Jun 23, 2014
    1
    Looking to go from Palermo to Rome via Alitalia, arriving FCO at 7:20 a.m. United flight to Newark departs 9:50 a.m. Enough time? Will I need to claim bags, go through customs, etc.?

     

    If your tickets were bought together, Alitalia can check your bags through to United. You do not have to go through customs as both Palermo and Rome are in Italy. You do however, have to go to Terminal 5 to get your boarding pass and go through security. There is a shuttle bus from T1/2/3 to T5. You should have enough time.

     

  • Check in time
    Jun 23, 2014
    1
    My flight from London lands in JFK at 7:05pm. The only available flight to go back home to Austin, TX is at 8:59pm. Is this enough time to get my luggage, re-check them in and get on the flight?

     

    Yes, that is a reasonable connection time considering that both of your flights will be in Terminal 8.

     

  • connection
    Jun 23, 2014
    2
    Hi I have booked a flight from SJO Costa rica through CLT on the same reservation,The layover changed and now I have 2 hours to make the connection to charlotte.is that enough time for me?

     

    its a united flight from sjo to iah and united express from iah to clt by the way

     

    Yes, 2 hours should be enough time. You will arrive in Terminal E, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US customs, and re-check your bags with United, then go to the departure level and through security. Your flight to Charlotte will depart from Terminal C, which is connected directly to E, or Terminal B, which can be reached using the TerminaLink train inside security.

     

  • Transfer time
    Jun 23, 2014
    4
    We are flying from YYC to Mexico with an 48 mins layover in IAH. Will we have to go through security/TSA before our second flight?

     

    You do not have to go through Security in IAH. You will pre-clear US Immigration in Calgary. Your arrival in IAH will be like a domestic flight. All terminals at IAH are connected inside security by the TerminaLink train. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.

     

    No, you will not have enough time. You need to change your flights.

     

    How do I go about changing my flights?

     

    You need to contact whoever you booked your tickets through (either your travel agent or airline(s))

     

  • transfer terminal 5 to 1
    Jun 22, 2014
    2
    we land on tuesday in terminal 5 from US and need to transfer to air france in terminal 1. two questions - is there a shuttle to terminal 1 and - we need to store a bag at fco to then pick up again when we return to terminal 1 on friday back from france. Is it easy to do this? or will we need to come out of a departure area to store a bag.

     

    No flights arrive in Terminal 5. Terminal 5 is a departures only check-in terminal. You will arrive in Terminal 3. You can walk to T1 from T3 after you clear Schengen immigration and customs. There is a baggage storage company in T3 after you exit customs. The cost is 6 euro per day.

     

    that is great news thanks. We have been flying BA since terminal 5 opened so was not sure. That will hopefully make the connection work as the outbound from chicago has been delayed recently with weather. I never knew there were no arrivals there.

     

  • Transfer terminal d to a
    Jun 22, 2014
    1
    How do you get to terminal a from d

     

    SJU only has one terminal with five concourses. Just follow signs to D. You will probably have to go through security again when you get to D, I don't think the concourses are connected inside security.

     

  • Bucharest, Romania through Amsterdam to Toronto, Canada
    Jun 22, 2014
    5
    I will be traveling from Bucharest, Romania through Amsterdam to Toronto, Canada with a layover of approx. 2hrs. Which is the transfer procedure in this case? Do I have to take my luggage and go through a new check or it will I have to follow a gate to gate transfer?

     

    If Romania is a member of the Schengen countries, you will be considered a domestic arrival and can proceed directly to your connecting gate. If not, you need to go through 'non-Schengen' (passport check, pick up bags, go through customs clearance, re-check in bags). Same in Toronto. For terminal & transfer details, I suggest you open www.ifly.com/ams, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

    Thank you. No Romania is not yet Schengen member. One more question regarding the luggage: For both legs of the trip (Bucharest to Amsterdam and Amsterdam to Toronto) I will be traveling via KLM. Will they do the automatic transfer of the checked luggage or should I have to retrieve them on AMS and go through with baggage check as you said?

     

    Thank you. No Romania is not yet Schengen member. Nevertheless, I still have some questions/doubts: 1. Shouldn't my ittinerary be considered International to International? Doesn't follow a sterile transfer procedure? 2. Regarding the luggage: For both legs of the trip (Bucharest to Amsterdam and Amsterdam to Toronto) I will be traveling via KLM. Will they do the automatic transfer of the checked luggage or should I have to retrieve them on AMS and go through with baggage check as you said?

     

    Yes, your connection is International to International. Yes AMS has sterile international connections. You do not have to do anything with your baggage. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate and through security. Sujun, please stop giving horrible and incorrect "advice"

     

    Where you check in depends on what airline you are flying. If you are flying KLM you check in at Terminal 5. If you are flying United you check in at Terminal 1. You do not go through customs on departure. You will go through EU immigration and customs when you arrive in Amsterdam.

     

  • Connecting flight
    Jun 22, 2014
    3
    Hi I am arriving in Miami International Airport from Orlando and have a connecting flight to Heathrow. Can anyone let me know the process? Do I have to check in again after arrival? Mixed information all around the web. Thxs

     

    Only international arrivals, including US citizens, need to go through the immigration/ customs procedure at US airports. Your arrival at & departure from MIA depends on which airline you take. Most likely, you will arrive at Midfield Concourse C/D, at C or D gates, & depart from either Z or H gates of the Main Terminal. Your boarding pass, as well as the overhead screens on arrival at IAD, should indicate flight & gate number. While the Aerotrain runs its continuous loop between the Main Terminal and Concourses A - C -C gates C1-30 & D gates D1-32 are connected by a walkway. Hurry! For more details, I suggest you open www.ifly.com/mia, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text. Note that if you use the same airline for both flights, or booked both flights on one ticket, your checked bags will arrive automatically at Heathrow where you need to go through their international arrivals procedure (open ifly.com/lhr) & click on 'Terminal Map'.

     

    Only international arrivals,including US citizens, need to go through the immigration/ customs procedure at US airports. Your arrival at & departure from MIA depends on which airline you take. Note that if you use the same airline for both flights, or booked both flights on one ticket, your checked bags will arrive automatically at Heathrow where you need to go through their international arrivals procedure (open ifly.com/lhr) & click on 'Terminal Map'.

     

    Please ignore sujun's nonsensical boilerplate responses. If both of your flights are on AA/BA you do not have to do anything with your bags in MIA. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate which will be connected inside security.

     

  • Enough time for connections?
    Jun 22, 2014
    4
    Flying in to IAD from Charleston, SC at 11:40. My flight departs for Tokyo at 12:25... 45 minutes to board for an international flight? All flights are United. Thanks! Freaking out as change fee is $750 and leaving on red eye from CHS

     

    Most likely, you will arrive at IAD's Midfield Concourse C/D, at C or D gates, & depart from either Z or H gates of the Main Terminal. Your boarding pass, as well as the overhead screens on arrival at IAD, should indicate flight & gate number. While the Aerotrain runs its continuous loop between the Main Terminal and Concourses A through C - C gates C1-30 & D gates D1-32 are connected by a walkway. Hurry! For more details, I suggest you open www.ifly.com/iad, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

    please ignore SUJUN's Nonsensical and incorrect "advice". You will arrive on A, C, or D. and depart from C or D. A and C/D are connected by the aerotrain and mobile lounge inside security. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time but you will have to hurry.

     

    Thanks! I won't have to go thru a recheck with security? I planned to run anyways but was worried about going into another security screening since I was boarding an international flight. I have never flown through Dulles or not had a straight flight (ATL-FRA) where I haven't had to worry about it before. Thanks again!

     

    No, you do not have to do anything with your baggage or go through security in IAD.

     

  • Connecting flight from Catania to CFO return us
    Jun 22, 2014
    5
    When we arrive at FCO on Alitalia , do we get our bags, then proceed to customs and do VAT refund, or what is the right protocol?

     

    At FCO, 'Non-Schengen'(foreign) flights arrive at Terminal 3, at either Gates G or H. From there, passengers go through immigration (passport control) and - if transferring to another flight - proceed to their connecting terminal & gate - in your case Terminal 1, Boarding Area B. A shuttle bus connects the two terminals.

     

    Actually you can easily walk to T1 after clearing Schengen immigration in T3.

     

    That is below the minimum connection time for an International->domestic connection at ORD. You will arrive in Terminal 5, go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US customs, then re-check your bags with United, then you have to take the ATS train from T5 to T2 and go through security and to your departure gate. It's possible to make the connection in 80 minutes, but there is almost no wiggle room for delays, thus why it's below the MCT.

     

    What is the minimum connection time in my condition? I am concerned now....will I make it if I rush? :P

     

    The minimum connection time is 90 minutes.

     

  • usa to ams to ath
    Jun 21, 2014
    2
    we arrive in ams at 735am and depart to ath at 835. we are flyin with delta and 7 family members. i want to make sure we have enough time? are the gates close?

     

    It's doable, but hurry (AMS is well-marked, just follow signs. NOTE: Arrivals from a non-Schengen (foreign) country at AMS: The passport will be checked upon arrival at, and departure from, Amsterdam Airport. On arrival, after passport control, follow signs to 'Baggage Hall' located on the ground level, retrieve your bags, & go through customs for security check. As you connect to a Schengen country, go through ticket control & security check; if connecting to a non-Schengen country, security check will be at the gate. Note that the transfer desks offer transfer information, and serve as check-in for a connecting flight - or - use of the self-service transfer kiosk.

     

    There is a 24 hour dunkin donuts in Terminal 5 and a food court with nice benches to sleep on in T4 - http://www.sleepinginairports.net/usa/newyorkjfk.htm

     

  • YYZ-SFO-HNL - is 1 hour 45 min enough at SFO?
    Jun 22, 2014
    4
    I bought a ticket through United, YYZ to HNL via SFO. Typically, USA customs is pre-cleared at YYZ. What is concerning is that I'm arriving at SFO at the International Terminal by Air Canada (code share with United). In that case, do I clear customs at SFO? Do I still need to pickup my checked luggage then drop it off again? Does that leave me enough time to catch my next flight at Terminal 3 in 1 hour 45 min? TIA

     

    You will go through US Customs at YYZ & should not have to arrive at international terminal, but at either T1, 2 or 3. The AirTrain's red line connects these terminals.

     

    When I flown to SFO last time (2010), Air Canada landed on Terminal 3. Now, Air Canada seem to be using the International Terminal (as per flight itinerary). Has anything changed in the last few years? I always cleared customs at YYZ when going to US. I need to know if 1 hour 45 min or LESS is enough (the on-time arrival history is shady) or I need to take earlier flight to SFO. TIA

     

    Yes, you will arrive in the International Terminal but you will still pre-clear at YYZ. Your arrival into SFO will be like a domestic flight. The International Terminal and United's gates are connected by a walkway inside security.

     

    Thanks for the info. Great to know that I do not need to clear customs at SFO. I'm hoping that Air Canada lands at the Boarding Area G. I'd assume that my baggage will be transferred from Air Canada to United automatically?

     

  • int transfer to domestic
    Jun 22, 2014
    4
    Hello ! I am going to take the flight from HKG to SFO via Seattle on Delta flight in both.The duration time is only 1hr 45 mins.Is it enough for me to connect the flight? Is it also in S satellite?And one point is i bought the tickets seperately. Thanks!

     

    Delta uses the South Satellite (gates S1-16) on arrival you need to go through the immigration process (passport check, pick up bags, go through customs clearance & re-check-in bags where indicated; then go through TSA security screening and proceed to your connecting gate. Your transfer time is sufficient.

     

    Show the Delta agent in HKG both of your reservations and he or she can get your bags tagged through to SFO. You will still have to claim them to go through customs, but it will allow you to immediately re-check them.

     

    Assuming your first flight is on-time that should be plenty of time. You can get between any two gates at ATL via the plane train in less than 25 minutes.

     

    Great! Thank you so much!!!! :)

     

  • airport workers strike
    Jun 21, 2014
    1
    Going to land from New Delhi to Paris on 25th June. Is it safe considering the recent strike threat

     

    Found this helpful site: http://www.easytravelreport.com/French-air-traffic-controllers-strike-CDG-Paris-Orly-Airport-France-travel-disruptions-.html

     

  • Flying intl. for the first time later this year
    Jun 25, 2014
    4
    My family and I are taking an Alaskan cruise later this year. We fly out of Des Moines, IA (DSM), a layover in Houstan, TX (IAH) landing in Vancouver, BC (YVR). I know we'll go through Canadian customs and immigration in Vancouver for the trip out. The trip back is my concern. We fly from YVR to Denver, CO (DEN), then on to DSM. Am I understanding correctly that, since both flights of the return trip are on United, we pre-clear US customs in YVR, and don't have to pick up our luggage in DEN, and go through customs there?

     

    Delta uses the Jeppesen Terminal, Concourse C, which has gates C28-39 & C40-49 on either side of the center. On arrival at DEN, simply look at overhead screens to find your connecting flight & gate number, then follow signs to your gate. As to pre-clearance at YVR, you are correct.

     

    Please ignore sajun's nonsensical and incorrect "advice". Yes, you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver and do not have to do anything in DEN. Your arrival into DEN will be like a domestic flight. Both your arrival and departing flight will be on the B concourse at DEN.

     

    Thanks.

     

    There will be no kiosks on the secure side. Just Check-in for your frontier flight on-line before you leave Florida.

     





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