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  • Transit Atlanta-Washington-Frankfurt
    Nov 10, 2015
    Hi, on Nov 12 am flying with United from Atlanta to Washington to Frankfurt. Transit time in Washington Dulles is only 40 minutes. Will this be enough to catch the flight to Frankfurt? Flight is at 22:00, so if I miss it, I will most likely be stuck in Washington airport for the night. Thanks for your comments!


    That is enough time if the flight from Atlanta arrives on-time. All you have to do in IAD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Connecting Flight with checked luggage
    Nov 10, 2015
    I am flying virgin atlantic London Heathrow to Washington IAD on 30th December to land in IAD at 14:35. My flight to Phoenix on United is due to depart at 17:55 ... i'll need to collect and re-check my luggage as it's a different airline booked on different tickets. Will this give me enough time to make my next flight? I've been told that international flight arrivals can take up to 3 hours to get through customs, giving me only 45 minutes to re-check, go through security, and make my next flight. Looking for peace of mind.


    That should be enough time. It's rare for Immigration and customs to take more than an hour. 3 Hours is complete nonsense.


    Thanks ZAP... I thought it sounded a little strange. Even if it takes an hour and my baggage takes another 30 minutes, i would assume 90 minutes would be enough to time to check in a bag and go through security for a domestic flight?


    Just trying to gauge some peace of mind as in the message below you said at least 3 hours is required for that transfer and mine, albeit different airlines, is logistically the same process, where you said 3 hours is complete nonsense. Appreciate the advice


    Yes, 3 hours is the TOTAL time (from scheduled arrival to scheduled departure). The Immigration and customs process shouldn't take more than 60-90 minutes. Also, that person is coming from Saudi Arabia and connecting to Frontier, which is often understaffed, both of which can make the connection longer.


  • Connection time
    Nov 7, 2015
    I'm coming from Saudi Arabia with Saudia airlines arriving to IAD at 12:20 pm and I have purchased a separate ticket for Orland FL with Frontier airlines at 2:09 pm. Will this be enough time to go through immigration and checkout the luggage and recheck with the flight to Orlando? If it is not enough how much time do I need? Please not the flight is on 30 December 2015


    This is unlikely enough time. I recommend at least 3 hours for that transfer.


    Nov 6, 2015


    Since it's two separate itineraries that will be very difficult to make in time.


  • international to domestic
    Nov 7, 2015
    I fly from Copenhagen to Las Vegas I have a connecting flight from IAD to LAS Intervening time of 2:20 hrs Is it enough ? thanks


    As long as both tickets are on the same reservation that should be enough time. You will arrive in the International arrivals building, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags, go through security, and to your departure gate.


    Thank you very much If I only take hand luggage to reduce duration of transit, is this possible on this type of flight?


    Yes, only taking hand luggage will make it easier.


  • Dublin Ireland to Cancun
    Nov 9, 2015
    We are traveling from Dublin to Cancun with united have 90 minutes between flights. is this enough and can I book my bags direct from Dublin to Cancun. also coming back about the same transfer time. Will the bags be booked directly through


    On your way to Cancun you will go through US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. Assuming all tickets are on the same reservation you won't have to do anything with your bags in Washington. On your return, in Washington you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk and go through security. On your way to Cancun you should have plenty of time and on your way back to Dublin you should have just enough time to connect in Washington.


    Many thanks for your help. Checked again and we have 2 hours on the way back so all should be good. Thanks Again


  • I
    Nov 6, 2015
    I am flying from Ottawa to Beijing with stop-over in Washington Dulles Airport. I have only 50 minutes to transit with United Airlines. (i) will 50 minutes be ok for me to catch the next flight? Do I need to pick up my luggage at IAD and then check-in again?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Ottawa. You don't have to do anything with your bags in IAD. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time if your flight from Ottawa is on-time.


  • 49 minutes connection
    Nov 5, 2015
    Hi, I'm flying from Montreal to San Fransisco through Washington Airport. Are 49 minutes enough to get my connection? What can I do if under unusual circumstances I miss my flight?


    Yes, that is enough time if your first flight is on-time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal. if you miss your connection due to your first flight being late you will be booked on the next available flight to San Francisco. United flies 10 daily flights from IAD to SFO.


    Thank you so much! :)


  • connection flight Washington to London
    Nov 4, 2015
    Hi, I am flying from Raleigh to Washington and have 1h18min before I continue my trip to London. Will that be enough? Thanks


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate, assuming both flights are on United/United Express.


    on my tickets is says that both flights are with Lufthansa, operated by United Airlines. So that should be fine then?


    Yes, all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which will both likely be on the C/D Concourse.


  • Connection from International Flight to Domestic
    Nov 4, 2015
    Hi I will be landing on IAD airport from Amsterdam on 20th Jan 03:45PM(operated by KLM). I need to catch a flight at 5:00 PM operated by Sun Air Express. Would the transit time enough?


    I do not think that is enough time unless you plan on not checking bags. The minimum international to domestic connection time at IAD is 90 minutes.


    Nov 2, 2015
    Hello, we are flying from Oslo to London, then to Washington and finally to Mexico City on the 20th of december. We have 1 hour and 30 minutes in Washington to make the connection to our final flight, is this enough time?


    That is barely enough time if all flights are on the same reservation. What airlines are you flying?


  • Transfer from domestic to international departure
    Nov 2, 2015
    Hi I have a flight connection to Dubai at 10:15 am , and I am travelling from JAX to IAD is 9:05 am . Do I have sufficient time to catch the flight by 10:15 am at international gates. there is no connection between these two tickets.


    Will you have checked bags? If both flights are on United you can have both boarding passes issued before you leave Jacksonville. If so then all you have to do in IAD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate and you should have enough time.


  • japan
    Oct 30, 2015
    I have a connecting flight from den to nrt and coming from iad united has given us a 45 min connection is that enough time to make the flight to nrt


    Yes. If I am interpreting it correctly you are flying IAD-DEN-NRT. All you have to do in DEN is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate both on Concourse B.


    Thank you for that information feel better now


  • Connection to Cancun
    Oct 30, 2015
    I'm a french citizen flying from Dakar (West Africa) to Cancun with South Africa Airline and have a Layover of 2h30 and then continue to Cancun with United Airlines. Can I check my luggages directly to Cancun or do I have to pick them up in Dulles and recheck with UA ?


    In IAD you will arrive in the International Arrivals building, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and take the AeroTrain or Mobile lounge to the C or D concourse where you will depart.


  • Confused with process
    Oct 22, 2015
    Hi on Sunday I'm flying from London to IAD with a connection onwards to Tampa with a layover of 1hr30 I booked both flights together as a fixed price with United and both flights are with them,what's the process I have to do and go through as I've never done a connecting flight?is my layover time enough?bit confused thankyou


    You will arrive in the C/D concourse, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate, also in the C/D concourse. You should have enough time as long as your flight from London is on-time.


    Okay thankyou this is a big help, so my luggage doesn't get handled itself and put onto my next flight, I have to pick it up instead?


    Yes, you have to pick it up in order to go through US Customs, then you can immediately drop it back off at the re-check desk right afterwards.


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