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  • connection time Mexico city- IAD- YOW
    Oct 28, 2014
    I would be flying from Mexico city to Ottawa, with a 1:45 layover in IAD (from 3:15 pm - 5:00pm) on December 23rd. Both flights are with United, and sold as one itinerary. Considering the high traffic expected at the start of the holidays, is 1:45 enough time to transit through? Final destination being Canada, would I still have to do US customs and immigration, and security in IAD? (I've read for flights to Canada, it can be done upon arrival in Canada, and not in the US). Should I look for a flight with more layover time?


    Upon arrival in IAD you will go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US Customs, and re-check your baggage with United at the transfer desk. Then you will go through security and proceed to your departure gate. 1:45 should be enough time for your connection. You will go through Canadian Immigration and Customs when you get to Ottawa.


    And this would probably all be in concourse C or D? Or would my international arrival from Mexico bring me to a completely different area?


    Yes, it should all be in C/D. There's a chance your flight to Ottawa will depart from concourse A. In that case you would take the Aerotrain to concourse A after re-entering C/D after security.


    Thanks for the details!


  • Ottawa to johannesburg via Dulles
    Oct 25, 2014
    I am making connection from ottawa to johannesburgn through Dulles but it is NOT on same reservation. How much time to make connection to SAA without it being too stressful?


    I would leave at least 2 hours, preferably a little more just to be safe.


    Oct 24, 2014
    Landing@ IAD 20:40 and connection takes off at 21:55 is that suffecient for going through immigration control? ( EU cititzin) both flights are United


    You do not go through US Immigration when leaving the US. All you have to do in IAD is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.


  • short connection
    Oct 23, 2014
    i am flying in from ottawa to dulles and have 1 hour and 10 min as layover time to connect to my flight to Bahrain. Will i have to reclaim my bag and go through US customs? what is the procedure? will i have enough time?..i am landing at 8:45 pm


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Ottawa. Your arrival into IAD will be like a domestic flight. All you have to do in IAD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If you arrive in concourse A, it is connected to concourse C or D where your flight to Bahrain will depart by the mobile lounge and Aerotrain. You have enough time.


  • MCT Int-Dom and Dom-Int
    Oct 23, 2014
    can you help me with the MCT for Internatioal-domestic and vv? arriving UA at IAD and fly to BOS with UA/Mesa 2 hours later. on the way back I have 1h40. Is it enough?


    route is : BRU-IAD-BOS and BOS-IAD-BRU


    Both ways you should have plenty of time


    Oct 19, 2014
    HI, I am flying from YUL to CLT thru IAD... and i only have a 46 min connection... will I make it? what is the process?


    All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If you arrive in concourse A and depart from Concourse C or D, A is connected to C and D by the mobile lounge and aerotrain. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal.


    Thank you! how long before our flight in YUL.. do you recommend to get to airport.. since we clear immigration & customs in canada


    Probably 90 minutes


  • CLE - IAD - LHR
    Oct 15, 2014
    I have a CLE-IAD landing in IAD at 9:00pm, and my IAD-LHR flight takes off at 9:50pm. Will I make my connection? Thanks!


    Both flights are United


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. If you arrive in concourse A, you can take the mobile lounge or Aerotrain to C/D where your flight to LHR will depart.


    CLE-IAD is an ERJ145. I read your comments below and saw it should arrive at A. Thank you for the quick reply!!


  • Getting from one terminal to another
    Oct 13, 2014
    How do I get from terminal 4 to terminal 3?


    Washington Dulles does not have a Terminal 3 or Terminal 4. It only has one Terminal.


  • Connection - is there enough time?
    Oct 13, 2014
    Hi I'm flying from LHR - MCO with a stop over of 1hr 20 in IAD. I've booked the flights together through expedia and its all flying with United. Do I have enough time to make the connecting flight?


    That is 10 minutes below the minimum connection time for International->Domestic at IAD. However, you have a good chance of making it since United has its own immigration and customs facility in the basement of its concourse.


    Oct 10, 2014


    FOR* NRT


    Yes, that should be enough time. Both flights, assuming both are on United, will be on the C/D Concourse.




  • Enough time?
    Oct 10, 2014
    Hello, I am flying from Ottawa to Copenhagen with transfer in Washington alone with my 3 month old baby. Do I need to collect my bags and recheck them? Also, is 1 hour enough time to make this connection?


    You wil pre-clear US Immigration in Ottawa. Assuming you bought both flights on a single reservation, you do not have to do anything with your bags in Washington DC. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you for the fast reply. These were made under the same reservation, but the first fly(Ottawa-Washington) is with UNited Airlines and the second (Washington-Copenhagen) is with SAS a I still ok?


    Yes, that's OK, in fact both of your flights will likely be in the same concourse building.


  • travelling from dxb on emirates and transferring to united to chicago
    Oct 7, 2014
    only have one hour to transfer is this enough time with bags? is there a service I can buy?


    No, that is not enough time. You should not have purchased that itinerary - you need to change it.


  • Terminal Connections
    Oct 10, 2014
    I am flying with my 84 year old mother on UA from GSP to IAD and connecting to Hong Kong, also on UA. Is 40 minutes enough time to make our connection and where do we need to go? She is mobile, but won't be able to run if need be. Should I get a wheel chair to speed things up?


    United does not fly IAD to Hong Kong nonstop. Where are you flying first? Getting a wheel chair may not be a bad idea.


    Sorry, flying IAD to Tokyo, then to HK. Flight from IAD to Tokyo departs at 12:20pm, my flight from GSP arrivies in IAD at 11:39 am. Only gives us 40 minutes. Enough time?


    Yes, that should be enough time and you will likely have to take the aerotrain or mobile lounge from concourse A to Concourse C or D. It doesn't leave much time for delays either.


  • Connection from san Francisco to Geneva
    Oct 6, 2014
    Hello, I will be flying in to Geneva on the 2nd of November from San Francisco via Dulles. Connection is 55 minutes. Is this enough time ? We will be traveling with an 11 months old baby. Do we need to pick up our luggage and check in again? We are of French nationality. Thank you


    No, you will not have to do anything with your baggage. All you have to do in IAD is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate which will both be on the C/D concourse. There is no US Immigration or Customs when leaving the country. You should have enough time as long as your first flight is on-time.


    thank you very much for your answer!


    I am flying with my 84 year old mother on UA from GSP to IAD and connecting to Hong Kong, also on UA. Is 40 minutes enough time to make our connection and where do we need to go? She is mobile, but won't be able to run if need be. Should I get a wheel chair to speed things up?


  • LHR - IAD - LGA Connection time.
    Oct 5, 2014
    Hello i will be flying from LHR to IAD on the 12/17/14 with united and i have a connection time of 1 hour 15 minutes is this enough time to check a bag and then catch the connection while clearing customs and also going through security again? and if the i know i will struggle to make it if customs lines are long is there anything i can do?


    Your first consideration will be the baggage transfer. If you bought the your trip on one ticket, or your two airlines have a code-share agreement - your bags will automatically be transferred; if such is not the case, you would need to take your bag and re-check it in with your connecting flight. While at least 2 hrs are suggested for international arrivals procedures, you may be able to make the transfer quicker if you arrive during non-peak hours. Connections are a bit more complicated at IAD - therefore, I suggest you open www.ifly.com/iad then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text, indicating transfer options, airlines & gates, etc.


    1 hr 15 minutes International -> Domestic on United at LGA is doable but difficult. If you miss your connection there are other flights from IAD to LGA or Newark.


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