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  • short cut immigration for connecting flights
    Nov 3, 2014
    Recently had a connecting flight thru JFK, arriving from Nice and departing for Phoenix. Discovered that if your flight connection is inside 3 hours there's q 'Quick Connection' service. Watch out for the person holding up the sign in the immigration area and show your ticket/boarding pass. They will put you at the front of the queue. Also, it took a long time to get through security for connecting flight so we just made it in 2 hours.


    I assume this was Delta in Terminal 4?


    we flew Delta Nce-jfk and Delta Jfk-phoenix. So we used the airtrain to change terminals. Found JFK stressful.


  • T1 to T8 2 Hour 10 Minute Layover
    Oct 28, 2014
    I'm returning from Kenya into JFK T1 at 11:15am on January 10th. I have a connecting flight to CLT at 1:26pm. I'll have no checked bags. Do I have enough time to go through customs and change terminals?


    Forgot to mention that the flight to Charlotte leaves from Terminal 8


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will take the AirTrain from T1 to T8. You can check in for your US Airways flight online before you leave Kenya.


    Thank you for your help!


  • Transit/Change Flight
    Oct 28, 2014
    I have a flight coming into JFK at 4.30am in Terminal 4. Am thinking of book a flight out of JFK at 8.55am at Terminal 1. Is it advisable? Will there be enough time to land, clear customs, collect bag, leave terminal 4, go to terminal 1, check in, enter departure hall and catch my next flight. I heard the customs clearance is bad in JFK. How long will i need to go from Terminal 4 Arrival to Terminal 1 Departure, and how? Thanks in advance!


    That should be plenty of time. It won't be crowded at 430 AM. You get from T4 to T1 using the AirTrain. It only takes 10-15 minutes.


  • connecting from CX to Jetblue
    Oct 29, 2014
    I arrive into JFK at 0600 with Cathay Pacific. I have a flight at 0755 with Jetblue to IAD. I am not American, traveling with an elderly mother. Would i have enough time to make the connection?


    Yes, I think that should be enough time. You will arrive in Terminal 7, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs. if you purchased your tickets together and your bags are tagged through to IAD you can re-check at the transfer desk in T7, then take the Airtrain to T5 and go through security. If you bought separate tickets you will have to take your bags with you on the AirTrain. There won't be many arrivals into T7 that early in the morning.


    HI thanks for the info! The tickets are bought separately because they don't belong to the same alliance. So that means I have to take them out, bring them to T5 and check back in? How long does the journey between terminals take?


    Btw I have another flight option that arrives at 1200, and connects with Delta at 1457. That is obviously more time in between. My mom will be in a wheelchair...Would you say that is a better option? Thanks in advance


  • connecting at JFK
    Oct 28, 2014
    Hello, I am flying Delta from Boston to Paris via JFK, with checked in luggage. Is 1h30m enough to get my connection to Paris? Many thanks!


    Yes, that should be enough time. All you have to do is take the Delta shuttle bus from T2 where you will arrive to T4 where you will depart.


  • Layover Time
    Oct 28, 2014
    Hi, I am arriving to JFK terminal 5 with jetblue 1733 at 8:30 PM, and I have a flight with Lufthansa LH405 from terminal 1 at 10:10 PM and I have checked bags, is that enough time layover ? Thank you


    I responded to your other post. I think you have enough time.


  • Italy - JFK - Tampa connection times
    Oct 27, 2014
    Arriving on Delta from Rome and Departing to Tampa. We have 1 Hour and 45 minutes between arrival and departure. Is that enough time to clear customs and get to our Terminal?


    Yes, that should be enough time. You will arrive in Terminal 4 and depart from Terminal 2. After you re-check your bags, you can either proceed to security in Terminal 4 and then take the shuttle to Terminal 2, or you can take the AirTrain to Terminal 2 and go through security there.


    Thank you for your response. We are flying in and out on Delta so I am assuming we will not be too time pressured.


  • 130 min connection T4 to T2
    Oct 25, 2014
    Hi! We are an Italian party (18 teenagers+ 2 teachers). We're flying with Delta from Venice to Seattle next April. We'll have checked bags. We have 2 hours 10 min. for the connection. Is that enough time for immigration, clear customs and move from T4 to T2 ?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Note that Delta flights to Seattle leave from T4, so you won't have to change terminals.


  • Do I have enough time to make the connection
    Oct 23, 2014
    Hi. Im flying form Charleston to JFK on the 5th of December. My flight time is from 5pm to 7pm. My connection flight is from JFK to OSLO, Norway. My Norwegian flight is at 9.30pm. is this good on time? should i make it?


    That should be enough time. If you have checked baggage you will have to claim it from your first airline and take it on the airtrain to Norwegian check-in counter in Terminal 1 to re-check.


    Thank you! Do you have any idea which terminal Jet blue uses? I hope i can make it!


    your Jetblue flight will arrive in Terminal 5.


  • Do I have enough time to make the connection
    Oct 22, 2014
    My domestic flight with Virgin America lands at 7:05pm. My international flight with Alitalia 605 leaves at 8:35PM. Someone with knowledge please suggest.


    I'm guessing you bought tickets separately - it will be very difficult for you to make this if you have checked bags as you will have to claim them from Virgin America in T4 and take them on the AirTrain to T1 to check with Alitalia. It will be hard for you to get there before the checked bag cutoff. If you don't have checked bags, it might be possible.


    Thanks. We do not have checked bags. Do you know by any chance if the domestic and international terminals are within walking distance? And how long it takes to go from the domestic to international terminals?


    JFK has 6 terminals, 4 of which handle international flights. You will arrive in Terminal 4 and depart from Terminal 1. You cannot walk between terminals. You have to take the AirTrain. It will take you about 20 minutes to get between terminals.


    Thank you for your quick response!! We appreciate it!


  • T5->T4 connection
    Oct 23, 2014
    Hi, My friend and I are flying from Orlando on JetBlue and then Etihad to Abu Dhabi from terminal 4. We are flying on the 10th of december, do you think we can make it? because if not, we'll have to change the flight. Our flight lands in JFK at 8:11PM and our Etihad flight departs at 9:55PM Thanks


    Yes, that should be enough time. If you bought tickets together you should be issued both boarding passes in Orlando and all you will have to do in JFK is take the AirTrain from T5 to T4 and go through security.


    And what about the winter in JFK? Do aircrafts usually get delayed?


    It depends on the weather - JFK is one of the most delay-prone aiports in the United States.


  • Enough time for connection in JFK Terminal 8?
    Oct 22, 2014
    Arriving by USAIR at gate 34, Terminal 8 at 1516, departing by American from gate 46, Terminal 8 at 1600; enough time?


    Yes, that should be enough time. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • is this connection time feasible
    Oct 22, 2014
    My TA has booked us arriving Alitalia (which seems to be T1) on a Tuesday at 3:20 and departing Delta (seems to be T4) at 5:30. We are US citizens with checked luggage. Is this at all feasible to make?


    Yes, it is possible. Note that most Delta domestic flights use T2, not T4. Where are you flying on Delta? You will be able to re-check your bags at the transfer desk in T1 and Alitalia should be able to issue your Delta boarding passes at your point of origin.


    From JFK we fly to Austin, TX on Delta


    Yes, that flight will leave from Terminal 2.


  • Time to clear customs on December 2
    Oct 22, 2014
    Hello! I am arriving on a flight from Madrid at 1:30 p.m. on December 2 and need to get to Penn Station to catch a train. How much time should I allow to get through customs?


    I would estimate 45-55 minutes, then it will take you about an 80 minutes to get to Penn Station.


    You are awesome! Thank you very much!!!


  • T8 Connection
    Oct 22, 2014
    Arriving on AA into T8 at 13:35 from LHR connecting to AA to RDU 14:55 is this enough time to clear immigration and re-check?


    That is about 10 minutes below the minimum connection time. You have a good chance to make it, but there's little to no room for any delays or backups at immigration.


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