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  • 6 hours
    Aug 26, 2014
    I have a 6 hour layover then continuing on to Dublin (International Flight). Is this enough time to leave airport to see any sites?


  • 1:45 layover for IAD to BUF 11th August
    Jul 14, 2014
    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
    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.


  • 1:30 layover VIE-IAD-DEN
    Jun 5, 2014
    I'm thinking of booking a flight from Vienna, Austria to Denver CO that would leave me with a 90 min layover in IAD. I'm familiar with the airport, but I've never had a connection this tight. Will I make it to my next flight? Thank you in advance.


  • International to Domestic
    May 4, 2014
    Howdy! I'm a US citizen arriving in Dulles from Paris. I land at 3:05 p.m. (Friday in June) and have an 2 hour and 11 min layover. Will that give me enough time to connect to my 5:16 flight to Houston?


    Yes, that should be enough time. If you are flying on United you will clear immigration in United's facility in the C/D concourse.


  • Domestic to International layover
    Apr 16, 2014
    I will be flying from JAX to IAD on UA5843 which arrives at 4:14 pm. My next flight is UA936 to ZRH at 5:54. Is an hour 30 enough for me to make my next flight considering I'm flying in domestic and flying out international? Do I have to check in with my bags and go through security again?


    All you have to do in IAD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. They will likely both be on the C/D concourse, however, if you arrive in the A concourse, the Mobile Lounge and Aerotrain connect it to C/D. You should have plenty of time.


  • orlando to dulles to Heathrow
    May 6, 2014
    I have 55 minutes on layover all United flights. If flight is on time do I have time to transfer?


    Yes, that should be enough time. All flights will be on the C/D concourse and are connected inside security.


  • Is 1 hr 10 mins enough for connecting domestic to international?
    Apr 8, 2014
    I'm flying from Charlottesville with UA3600 arriving at 11.10 and have to connect international flight to Japan (UA 803), departing at 12.20. Do I have enough time to run around? Do I have to pass security check again? I understand that my luggage will be checked through.


    You do not have to go through security. All you have to do is take the mobile lounge or plane train from concourse A where you will arrive to concourse C/D where you will depart. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


  • Tight Connection at IAD with family
    Apr 4, 2014
    ZAP and other IAD experts, I'm travelling with wife and 9 year old daughter from Seattle to Buffalo with a layover at IAD of 51 minutes. It's a part of one reservation with United. I guess I'll be arriving at terminal D at 9PM and taking off on a commuter plane from terminal A at 9:51 to BUF. Now I realize it may not be doable with carry on luggage and family. Can you guys suggest the best way to make this connection as it's the last flight to BUF that day. Thank you!


    If arriving at Midfield Concourse C/D, a shuttle will meet you near Gate D11 & Starbucks, and will take you to Midfield Concourse A/B, gate A6. 51 mins should suffice for transfer. To get an idea of the Terminal layout, I suggest you open www.ifly.com/iad, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text.


    Thank you tumar14. I just hope my first flight is not late. I'm also thinking of trying for the Same day change with united. not sure if that would affect the remaining flights in my itinerary, but that's for another thread. Thanks for your reassuring words!


  • Sister leaving in IAD
    Jan 16, 2014
    My sister is leaving tomorrow for Kuwait. She is departing in MDT had only 50 minutes to catch her International Flight to Kuwait. Is she is going to the customs or immigration before catching her flight in IAD going to Kuwait flight UA982. Any ideas if she is still going to immigration before catching her flight? Thank you


    No, in IAD all she has to do is go from her arrival gate on concourse A to her departure gate on Concourse D, which are connected by the AeroTrain.


  • Is the layover time enough for connection at IAD?
    Nov 6, 2013
    I will be flying from Montreal to IAD by UNITED 3714 operated by /GOJET AIRLINES DBA UNITED EXPRESS and then connect to UNITED 897 to Beijing. The layover time is 50mins. How do I check what the arriving gate and the departure gate are? Is the layover time enough? Thank you very much!


    You will both arrive and depart from the C/D concourse at IAD. You will pre-clear US immigration in Montreal. You just have to go from gate to gate at IAD, so assuming your first flight is on-time, you will have plenty of time.


  • Airport Entertainment
    Oct 31, 2013
    Hi, I have a 6 hour layover in IAD on Nov 26th and I need some entertainment. I don't want to leave the airport as I have a habit of getting lost or losing everything I own, missing flights and general misadventure really. Any ideas on how not to be bored out of my mind inside the airport, aside from the airport bar?


    Download some games or movies to your smartphone or tablet and find a plug. If you're the more active type you can walk up and down the concourses or ride the mobile lounge around.


  • Lay-over preclearance?
    Oct 25, 2013
    I'm leaving tomorrow from Ottawa to Washington for a connecting flight. I only have 45 minutes to go from the A gates to the D gates. Do I need to clear US Costoms in Washington and will I therefore have too little time, or is there a preclearance so that I'll be treated as a domestic citizen for flights from Ottawa?


    Ottawa has preclearance so you will pre-clear US Immigration in Ottawa so 45 minutes should be enough time.


    Go through US customs clearance at Ottawa Airport. On arrival at Terminal A of IAD, take the AeroTrain (follow signs), which serves A, B & C gates only - on arrival at gate C30 take the walkway to gates D1-32. You have enough time.


  • 1.15 h layover
    Jul 14, 2013
    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.


  • SV035
    Jun 4, 2013
    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.


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