MKP1013 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 152 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7594 times:
I'm going to be on a Delta routing ATL-JFK-PWM this Friday evening and this will be my first time in JFK, so I have a few questions for you expert JFK flyers.
I'm scheduled to arrive around 8:00pm I believe, have a 47 minute layover until my RJ flight to PWM leaves around 9:00. So - are flights generally on time around this time at night, or is the rush hour still going on? How long do you think I can expect to wait in line for take off around this time? Is it difficult to find the Comair/Delta Connection gates and does it take a long walk to get to them? Actually, I've never even been on an RJ - what's the boarding process like? If you had this connection time, would you recommend checking a bag?
BMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 16559 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7558 times:
Quoting MKP1013 (Thread starter): So - are flights generally on time around this time at night, or is the rush hour still going on?
I took a 10:00 pm JFK-PWM flight last summer and it was pretty much on time. But there will be tons of people in the area, because they use one gate for a bunch of Connection flights. Listen carefully to the agents to make sure that you line up at the right time in the right place for your flight, since there may be two or three other flights leaving the same gate as yours at almost the same time. Of course, also make sure that you find the right plane, but there are enough agents down in the tent corridors, that this shouldn't be a problem.
As far as food goes, there is a pretty good deli right there near the connection gates, but it is a bit pricey. A pretty good Cuban sandwich, excellent cheesecake, and a Coke cost me $18 there. Too bad you only have 47 minutes, as JFK is a great airport to just walk around. I was lucky that I had enough time to leave security and take the Air Train over to the new JetBlue terminal.
I generally say don't check a bag unless you have to. When I was there an agent with pink tags was standing in the tent area just after they took my boarding pass. I asked for a pink tag, got one, and carried my bag out and handed it to the ramper by the cart near my plane. I of course got the bag back first thing on arrival at PWM, and I personally like gate checking, but that is just personal preference.
Quoting MKP1013 (Thread starter): Is it difficult to find the Comair/Delta Connection gates and does it take a long walk to get to them?
No and No. Most, if not all of the Connection gates (at least the ones I used) are located on the southeast corner of terminal 2. If your flight comes in at terminal 2, you'll have no problems, since the terminal is not that large. It is a bit worn out, but functional. Terminal three is connected to T2 by a corridor, so there will be a little bit of a hike involved although there are travelators in some of it. Terminal 4 is connected to terminal 2 via a shuttle bus. None of these options require leaving security.
Edit: Don't forget that your flight may be somewhat delayed due to the fact that JFK is down a runway for a while due to construction.
[Edited 2010-03-08 18:13:52]
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Delta763 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7511 times:
Hopefully you'll get a real gate when you arrive and won't have to get on one of those mobile lounge things.
Also, it's possible you'll arrive at T3 and your outbound is at T2. That'll require some walking time.
Personally, I would never give myself less than an hour to connect at JFK. Chances are, you'll arrive at T2 and everything will be fine, but it's a good idea to plan for inconveniences just in case, especially there.
As for checking bags, I generally don't if I can avoid it, particularly with a connection. I'd rather take the bag to the next plane myself than trust the guys down below to do it for me (no offense, guys).
RobertS975 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 985 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7496 times:
Regardless of whether your ATL-JFK flight comes into T2 or T3, there is a connecting corridor inside of security. Your connection is a tight one for JFK, but your ATL flight arrives after most of the gate and ramp congestion has subsided.
Rain is in the forecast for Friday in the NY area but this will be more likely to delay your RJ flight to Maine, making it easier to make your connection.
Most RJ flights leave from Terminal 2 Gates 23 and 25, but there are exceptions. You will gate check anything other than the smallest of carry on bags and you will get the bag back prior to entering the terminal at your destination. Most computer bags can be brought aboard unless they are too plump!
As far as actual checked luggage, that can be problematic with such a short connection time.
Thanks for your help. I got excited about possibly getting on one of those non-stops, but I can't make the first flight, and my departure to JFK is at 5:30, so I will already be on board the plane before being able to try to get on the 8:25 - oh well!