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  • 43 Minute Layover
    Apr 2, 2013
    I have a flight with United Airlines from Norfolk Virginia (ORF) at 6:15 am to arrive at IAD at 7:28 am. I have a connecting flight from IAD to San Juan Puerto Rico (SJU) which is still domestic. The layover is only 43 minutes though! This is happening on Saturday April 6th. Will I be able to make the connecting flight in time? I also have special baggage (surfboard bag) traveling with me. Will they be able to get the bag on the flight in time as well? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.


    I have checked a lot of the flights from ORF to IAD and they are all on time. Even the 4889 flight I am on was 15 minutes early to IAD today.


    Morning flights are usually pretty on-time. You can probably make the connection. But you will have to hurry.


    Do you think my boardbag will make it?


    It will probably make it if you do, but of course there's no guarantees, make sure you pack enough stuff for one day in your carry on.


    One last question. Is there any way to know ahead of time, besides for the day of the flight, what terminal or gate my flight from ORF to IAD will be at and what gate or terminal the flights to Puerto Rico are at? I am trying to figure out if I will need to take the shuttle or just walk to the gate. Thanks again!


    It appears that that early ORF-IAD flight is operated by Colgan, those arrive at concourse A. Your San Juan flight is on United (mainline) so it will depart from C or D. So if your first flight is indeed operated by Colgan, you will want to take the A->D shuttle or the A->C AeroTrain


    It actually says on my orbitz itinerary that Flight 4889 Operated by /REPUBLIC AIRLINES DBA UNITED EXPRESS. Are the under Colgan?


    Sorry, I meant Republic. Yes, that means you'll be coming into A.


  • connecting 1hour to frankfurt
    Mar 31, 2013
    hi, I`m arriving IAD on April 15. at 4.11pm from Minneapolis and my next flight is at 5.15pm to Frankfurt. Is this enough time for the connection to Frankfurt??


    At IAD, it depends on which Midfield Concourse you arrive at & depart from. The Underground Aerotrain runs in a continuous loop from the main terminal's post-security area to the center of the midfield concourses A/B and C/D, takes minutes, but presently does not serve the D gates; it can be used for the following gates: A1-32, B35-79, and C1-30. The shuttle bus to the D gates is located on the Main Terminal's lower level (to the right of the passenger walkway to A& B gates). You should be able to make the transfer in the given time. However, I suggest you open, then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.


  • Connecting IAD to MCO
    Apr 7, 2013
    I am arriving at IAD from South Africa, and need to connect to UNited Airlines to Orlando (MCO). How long should it take realistically to clear customs and check in for the MCO flight? My travel agent can book a flight with a 90min or 7 hour between landing and departing. I'd prefer the shorter layover if possible. Thanks


    90 minutes is really pushing it, especially considering that the sequester in the US has slowed immigration here and that you won't be checked in for your United flight.


    90 mim. is cutting it way to close, you might look into taking the bus to washington regan airport as their are a lot more flights to mco their


    Thank you. I actually have 110 min between flights if that makes any difference. However, should I miss my connecting flight to MCO, what is the procedure? Can my booking be transferred to another later flight? Also, which terminal do UA flights depart from to MCO?


  • 1h 57m connection? Brussels > IAD > SFO
    Mar 13, 2013
    Hi, I'm coming in from an international flight with United UA141 on Wed., April 24 @ 2:50pm, with a 1 hour 57 min connection to SFO via United UA340. Will I be cutting the connecting flight close? I actually have this on a "FareLock" for great price, good until tomorrow, and just trying to figure out if I should confirm the booking for this. From many of the posts it seems two hours is fine enough, but there were one or two people that said they missed their international to domestic connection thru Dulles with only two hours.Still, I'm leaning towards booking it. Thanks in advance for any advice. *Also, I'm not sure what gates, etc. I'll be coming from and need to get to.. If anyone knows, I'd also appreciate the tip. Cheers


    Yes, that should be fine and also if you miss your connection since there are many IAD-SFO flights you have a good opportunity for rebooking. United->United international connections at IAD are pretty easy.


    On arrival at IAD, you will be transported to the International Arrivals Building at the west end of the main terminal for TSA clearance, where you need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and thereafter re-check-in your bag where indicated. Allow for plenty of time if you need to transfer to another flight. International arrivals who continue their journey must take the shuttle bus to their connecting gate. As to gates - United uses Midfield Concourses A, B, C & D with corresponding gates (i.e. D15, etc.) To familiarize yourself with IAD's layout I suggest you open then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text. Two hours transfer time should suffice.


  • Minimum Connecting Time LAS-IAD-MUC
    Mar 12, 2013
    Hello, I have booked a flight from Las Vegas to Munich / Germany via Washington. The time between both flights are only one hour. The flight from Las Vegas to Washington will be operated by United and the flight from Washington to Munich is a Lufthansa one. What is the minimum connecting time for these flights? Is one hour enough? Could I find out on which gate I arrive and on which I departure? Thanks for your helpful comments. Best regards ME


    It's awfully tight and doesn't leave much room for error but it's doable. However there are a lot of LH and United flights from IAD to Germany if you miss your connection


  • 50 minutes
    Feb 28, 2013
    Im looking into a connection from Newark to IAD to kuwait, American airlines is giving me 50 min connection time. will that be ok?


    At IAD American Airlines uses Midfield Concourse B; American Eagle uses the Main Terminal & Concourse A. Should you arrive at the Main Terminal, you can walk to the separate Midfield Concourse A/B housing A & B gates on either side. You have enough time.


    Are you sure you're on American? American doesn't fly Newark-IAD or IAD-Kuwait. However, United does. You're probably on United.


  • YUL-IAD-GVA 1 hour layover
    Feb 27, 2013
    I'm looking at booking this route with United Airlines on Saturday March 16th but am concerned about the 1 hour layover. Since I clear US customs in Montreal and am traveling United all the way through I assume I can head straight to my departure gate at IAD without having to recheck bags or go through any customs. Am I correct in that?


    Yes, arrivals into the US from Canadian destinations with preclearance like Montreal are treated like regular domestic flights.


  • Zurich to IAD to EWR to ABE
    Feb 27, 2013
    Couple in mid 60's (medium speed walkers) have only 1hr 45min to make IAD connection to Newark!! We are supposed to arrive at IAD 3:05 PM on Wed. May 1st!! What are the odds we will be spending the night in Dulles?? United dropped the flight I had originally booked from IAD to ABE which would have given us a much longer connection time! It seems we have no other options! -- Thanx


    You should be able to make your connection in time. I suggest you open, then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text. Pay attention to "International Arrivals", "Getting Around" and terminals. Note that after customs clearance procedure, you cannot take the train, but need to take the shuttle bus, meaning that at your connecting terminal you will have to go through security check. (Dulles Airport is located 26 miles from Washington D.C.) If you want to stay overnight, I suggest you search for 'Dulles hotels' - there is no on-airport hotel.


    1 hr 45 is sufficient for any domestic connection at Dulles.


  • 52 Minute Layover
    Feb 23, 2013
    I am flying in from Richmond (on United Express) and flying out to Tampa (on United). Any idea if they will be in the same concourse? If not, should I be okay in terms of time?


    Your RIC-IAD flight will arrive in Concourse A and your flight to Tampa will depart from Concourse C or D. Take the Aerotrain if it's from C and the shuttle if it's from D. You should be OK on time if your flight from Richmond is on time.


  • 70 - minute layover
    Feb 20, 2013
    I am flying from New Orleans /United/ to Vienna, Austria /Austrian Airlines/. I have layover 70 minute, is it real? Thanks.


    At IAD, United uses Concourses A, B, C & D (with corresponding gates) of the main Terminal, while Austrian AL uses Concourse B. If not arriving at Concourse D, you can walk from Concourse A to Concourse B (they are divided by the underground Aerotrain in the center, where you can connect to Concourse C. If needing to connect to Concourse D, you can use the walkway at D gates to C gates. Either way you have enough time - unless United does not transfer your bags to Austrian AL, in which case you would have to get first to the main terminal, claim your bags & re-check them in with Austrian, before walking over to your connecting B gates.


    United will transfer your bags, they're in the same alliance.


  • US Customs Clearance
    Feb 16, 2013
    I am flying from Grand Cayman to IAD and clear customs at IAD. I have a 1hr37min layover. Will I have enough time to clear customs and catch my next flight?


    On arrival at IAD you wille transported to the Iternational Arrivals Bldg. at west end of Main Terminal for TSA clearance (Passport control, bag pickup, customs clearance, & bag recheck-in). Thereafter you need to take the shuttle bus to D gates or the or the AeroTrain to theA, B & C gates. Your transfer time could be tight, depending on waiting lines and incoming flight delay. I suggest you open,then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.


  • 5o-minute layover
    Feb 1, 2013
    My husband, my 2 kids (18-yr old & 4-yr old) & myself will have a connecting flight at Dulles IAD from Miami going to Beijing. We only have a 50-minute layover to get to our next flight. Both flights are on United Air. Any suggestions on how to navigate the airport the fastest way?


    You will likely arrive in Concourse D and depart from Concourse C. They are two sides of the same terminal corridor. You just walk from D to C. It shouldn't take more than 10 minutes.


    Thanks so much for your reply. Now I feel better.


  • from eithad airway to united
    Jan 25, 2013
    My parents are traveling on April 28 th 2013 from eithad airways coming from Abu Dubai @ 5.00 pm ... And then they have to catch united airline for Detroit and there is 2 hours lay over ... But i am not sure if it is enough time for them to catch there domestic flight ... Plz let me know , thanks .. both are separate tickets ..


    It will help if they check in online for their flight to DTW before they leave. Abu Dhabi. They will have to claim their baggage in T5, then take it to T1 and re-check it with United since they are on different tickets. (I'm assuming this connection is in Chicago). 2 Hours is doable, but tight to do all that.


  • connection
    Jan 17, 2013
    my mom will flight from roanoke virgina to washington dulles by united airline 3422 on feb/10/ 2013 , she will connect to ANA airline NH1 , what is the terminal and the gate ANA ussully depart from washington dulles ?


    ANA uses concourse B (around gate B46). Her ROA-IAD flight will probably arrive in concourse A, so it's a pretty easy walk.


  • Is Harry's Taproom outside security area
    Jan 17, 2013
    Looking for a place to meet friends arriving on same afternoon. Can we get bags and then meet at Harry's Tap Room in the main terminal?


    Harry's Tap Room (tel. 703-572-4699) is listed as being at level U (must be below the arrivals level).


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