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Minimum ATL Connection Time  
User currently offlinepackcheer From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 329 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4168 times:

First: I am an experienced traveler and know what I am doing
Second: I am worried about the things I can not control

I am booking a flight on Delta for Friday September 16th DSM-ATL-CAE

Delta is offering me the first flight of the morning from DSM to ATL, with a 35 minute connection time in ATL.

I have done this flight before... But, in the winter schedule the flight doesn't leave DSM until 6:00am, (leaves at 5:45 or 5:50am summer time) so I had about 10 more minutes to make the connection and it was a RUN to get to the flight.


Chances I make this connection if I book it (the fliglht and running my butt through ATL)?


Trying to get into CAE as soon as possible to see the girl friend...


Things that fly, Girls and Planes...
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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4167 times:

Have you monitored for a couple of days which concourses these flights are using ?
35 minutes is doable at ATL even if having to switch concourses, but a relaxed connection would require some more minutes.
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlinepackcheer From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4161 times:

Excellent though, no I haven't looked at concourses


Things that fly, Girls and Planes...
User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4144 times:

Looking at the schedules, you probably ought to opt for the second ATL-CAE flight so the connection is not so close and it gives you a little breathing room in case your DSM-ATL flight is delayed into ATL for some reason. While a 35 minute connection is doable at ATL, if you've got to go more than two concourses, it's going to be close, and you'd have to hit the train exactly right and not have to stand around a few minutes for the next train.

User currently offlinecubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22923 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 weeks ago) and read 4134 times:

Also, flights to and from CAE tend to be really full, so I wouldn't count on being able to grab a seat on the next one - or two or three or four - flights if you misconnect.


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User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 weeks ago) and read 4125 times:

Be prepared - That's the boy scout's marching song!  

35 minutes sounds way too close to me. I've never attempted that tight a connection before (seeing as I'd have checked bags that need to transfer, etc), but be prepared! Anything could happen, including a flight delay coming into ATL which could cause you to miss your connection entirely. I wouldn't take any chances, if I were you.

Just my two cents.


User currently offlinepackcheer From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4098 times:

Thanks guys, I used to live by CAE so I'm quite used to the CAE-ATL-CAE flights being crazy full. You have all answered like I thought you would. Second flight it is!


Things that fly, Girls and Planes...
User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4065 times:

Quoting packcheer (Reply 6):
Thanks guys, I used to live by CAE so I'm quite used to the CAE-ATL-CAE flights being crazy full. You have all answered like I thought you would. Second flight it is!

You are welcome! Hope you have a great trip.   


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