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Most airports have secondary walkways so you don't have to take tram. Does Dulles have walkway from C to A if travel or chooses to walk?
No, there is no walkway. You have to take the Mobile Lounge or Aerotrain.
I arrive on Saturday 0840 am on Emirates with checked luggage and leave on American Airlines 1050 am on a separate ticket. I have Global Entry. Is this enough time to make my connection?
That will be very difficult, even if everything goes perfectly.
Arrival time is 6:20pm on Icelandair. Trying to connect to American Airlines on a 7:50pm flight. We have Global Entry. Is that enough time to go through immigration/customs, retrieve luggage, and check in for American flight?
Typically, it should be enough time. That said, Global Entry has recently had to go through pretty much the same immigration control screening process as non-Global Entry (at least at Dulles). Last time I came through, it took about 20 minutes to get through immigration vs. 5 minutes previously. I was fortunate as I was halfway positioned in the line when it formed. Others behind me would have likely waited about 40 minutes to get through. If you have to fully check in, including checking in your bags for the American flight, then you might have to go through Security again (hopefully, others more knowledgeable than I am can clarify this). TSA Pre-check can take as short as 10 minutes or as long as 30 depending on how busy it is. It should be enough time, although it might be tight as the doors close prior to the posted departure time.
Do you have assistance and/or mobile carts for disabled travelers?
How/where would the traveler obtain this assistance?
You need to contact your airline and request wheelchair assistance.
I am flying from Orlando to Beijing and have only 90 minutes to connect to new plane. Is this enough time?
Yes, that is enough time if both flights are on United. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
Air France arrives from Paris to Dulles 15:50, we have a connection to Seattle with Alaska Airlines, departure 17:20, so thats leaves us 90minutes to immigration, customs etc. We also have luggage. Is 90 minutes enough time to catch our connecting flight?
On two separate reservations that's not realistically enough time. Even on one reservation that will be very difficult.
Indian citizen, arriving IAD from BLR via FRA at 3:05 PM on 20 Aug, have onward connection to RDU at 5:24 PM. Is 2:19 hrs enough time to clear immigration/customs, pick up luggage, move to concourse D from Z and check in again? If I can't make it in time, then what happens?
Hi, our return flight leaves from orlando to london with a stop at washington dulles. Do we have to claim baggage when we arrive at washington ? Also we have a 50 minute time frame from landing in washington to departing to london. Is this doable ? Thanks
There is no US Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in Dulles on your way to London is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. you have enough time.
I am Picking up my son who is arriving at Dulles at 8:15 pm as an unaccompanied minor from Cancun. Since he has to pass customs first I don't know when I should be at the airport. Do you think I should be there When the plane lands? Or assume there will be a long customs delay?
Go to the airline's check in desk and they will tell you where to go.
Hello, my mom is coming visit from Brazil and she doesn't speak English. I made her a letter in English that I hope will help her to pass through customs and find her connecting flight gate. She has a little more than 6hs lay-over in IAD before fly to MDT. So I think it will be enough time.
My questions are:

1) Is there any language assistance (Portuguese) through customs and in the information Kiosks

2) I assume my mom will need to pick up her bags and check them in again (the connecting flights is booked in the same ticket and same company)??

3) If she needs to check-in bags again, where is it located? Is it nearby the baggage claim conveyor or will she need to walk around with the bag and check-in in a United Airlines desk?

Appreciate your help!