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  • Connection time
    Mar 17, 2015
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    I will be flying from YUL to IAD and then HNL. The connection time at IAD is 1h10. Will it be enough? I have checked-in bags. Do I have to claim bags and re-check it. Do I have to go trough immigration?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Montreal. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. you have enough time.

     

  • Checked or not checked?
    Mar 4, 2015
    1
    Hi! On June 11 I'll be flying from Toronto to Glasgow, making a stop at IAD (from Toronto United 3630 operated by Gojet Airlines DBA United Express) with a 1 hour and 7 min layover before I connect (with United 100) to go to Manchester (then Loganair to Glasgow)...will 1 hour 7 min be enough time in IAD? Do I need to re-check my luggage/will it automatically be put onto my next flight? Or should I try to pack with just a carry-on?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. In IAD you only have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which will both be on the C/D concourse. You have enough time.

     

  • International Inbound/Outbound to Domestic
    Feb 9, 2015
    1
    GSP-IAD land @ 9.20PM IAD-DXB 10.15PM... No check in 55m layover will that be enough? KWI-IAD land @ 6.50AM IAD-GSP 8.19AM... 1 check in, will 1hr 29m be enough to finish immigration & collect checked in luggage?

     

    Both layovers should be sufficient.

     

  • Enough layover time? 15.45 - 18.30
    Jan 21, 2015
    2
    I don't know which terminal/concourse it is. I'm arriving from Narita Japan (United Airlines) at 15.45. and my connecting flight is at 18.30 to Columbus Ohio (United Airlines but operated by Trans States Airlines DBA United Express. Would they be in the same concourse. and would this time be enough?

     

    Sorry messed the time up. It's arriving at 15.45 And depart at 17.30.

     

    You will arrive in Concourse C, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the transfer desk and go through security. You will then be on the departure level of concourse C. Your flight to Columbus will likely depart from concourse A. It is connected to C by the Aerotrain and mobile lounge. Just follow the signs.

     

  • Arriving from Toronto, going to Costa Rica, is 1 hr layover enough
    Jan 14, 2015
    1
    Hello, I am arriving from Toronto on a United Airlines Express flight. I have 1 hour and 14 minutes to get to my flight to San Jose, Costa Rica, which is also on United. Am I in danger of missing the connecting flight? I do not think I have to go through security again or collect baggage. Would you kindly confirm?

     

    Correct. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.

     

  • is layover enough
    Jan 6, 2015
    2
    I am considering booking a return flight from DFW to TRS, with a 1hr:10min layover in DC (DFW-DC-MUNICH-TRS) and I am wondering if 1 hr and 10 min will be enough considering there will be 2 adults and two small kids.

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. If both flights are on United you just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate which should both be on the C/D concourse.

     

    Thanks you!

     

  • 11 hour layover
    Dec 26, 2014
    1
    Hi, I'm flying into IAD from LGA next Sunday 4 Jan and arrive at 7am. I then have a flight to LHR at 6:30pm - what's the cheapest way to get from the airport to DC, and what time should I look at leaving DC to go back to airport?

     

    The cheapest way is to take the Dulles flyer bus to west falls church metro station and then the metro into the city. Leave he city by 3:30 pm

     

  • 45 minutes connection SFO - IAD - FRA
    Dec 24, 2014
    1
    I have a 45 minutes layover time - will I make it? I arrive from SFO to IAD on Wed at 16:34 via Lufthansa flight LH7489 and I have to depart at 17:33 on Lufthansa flight LH9051 to FRA (Frankfurt). These Lufthansa flights are operated by United... Will I have to go through security again or will the arrival and departure gates will be on the same concourse? Thanks!

     

    Both flights will be on the C/D concourse. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time if your first flight is on-time.

     

  • Copenhagen to Portland, OR layover time
    Nov 18, 2014
    1
    Hello! I am flying to Portland, OR, US on Sunday, December 21st from the Copenhagen, Denmark airport via SAS Scandinavian airlines. I will be flying with two checked bags. My flight details are as follows: CPH-IAD 12:20PM-3:15PM (SAS) IAD-PDX 5:29PM-8:23PM (SAS operated by United) I am wondering if this 2 hour and 15 minute layover will be enough to get my bags, go through immigration and customs, and then check my bags in again? I have heard this is a very busy airport and with Christmas so soon, I am quite worried that I won't make it. Does anyone have any advice or input? It would be greatly appreciated! Thank you thank you thank you.

     

    Yes that should be enough time. Contrary to popular belief, airports aren't drastically busier around Christmas, especially international flights.

     

  • Copenhagen to Portland, OR layover time
    Nov 17, 2014
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    Hello! I am flying to Portland, OR, US on Sunday, December 21st from the Copenhagen, Denmark airport via SAS Scandinavian airlines. I will be flying with two checked bags. My flight details are as follows: CPH-IAD 12:20PM-3:15PM (SAS) IAD-PDX 5:29PM-8:23PM (SAS operated by United) I am wondering if this 2 hour and 15 minute layover will be enough to get my bags, go through immigration and customs, and then check my bags in again? I have heard this is a very busy airport and with Christmas so soon, I am quite worried that I won't make it. Does anyone have any advice or input? It would be greatly appreciated! Thank you thank you thank you.

     

  • Can we have a night in the city?
    Nov 8, 2014
    1
    Hi I'm due to land in IAD on Saturday 3rd Jan at 8.07pm from Cleveland and fly back to LHR at 9.35am the next morning. We are flying with United and would like to know if we are able to head into Washington for the evening? If yes, Would we have to pick up our baggage or is it checked all the way through to London? Thanks

     

    You will have to pick up your baggage. Yes, you can go into the city but be aware that Dulles is far from the city center. You would have to leave the City around 6 AM to make your 9:35 flight.

     

  • SIN- NRT - IAD - PIT
    Oct 29, 2014
    1
    hi, I will be travelling form singapore to Pittsburgh, with layovers in Japan and Dulles. It's all on one ticket. I will be checking bags but when I get to Japan, will I need to go through customs, security, etc? What about Dulles? I have 1 hr 55 minute layovers in japan and dulles - will that be enough time? I will be going through Unted airways I believe.

     

    In Tokyo you only have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. In Dulles, you will arrive in Concourse C, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk. Then you will go through security and to your departure gate. You should have enough time.

     

  • 6 hours
    Oct 30, 2014
    2
    I have a 6 hour layover then continuing on to Dublin (International Flight). Is this enough time to leave airport to see any sites?

     

    Not really. It takes quite awhile to get from Dulles to any sites, unless you want to see the Udvar Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum which is located just outside the Dulles Airport grounds and is connected to Dulles by a Bus - http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/routes/983.htm

     

    Thanks for the response. Trip already came and went… and since we arrived 3 hours late it didn't really matter. Thanks anyway!

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

     





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