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User currently offlinejohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 923 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4056 times:

My wife and I have been to Europe several times but never had to connect there. We are taking a Baltic cruise on NCL next May and are flying DTW-CDG-CPH. Do we have to claim our luggage in Paris and then recheck it for Copenhagen? I know that when we return, we'll have to do that in JFK. Also, we only have a little over an hour in CDG, is that enough time to go through passport control and make our connection?

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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4053 times:

You won't have to claim and recheck your luggage - it will go straight through to CPH.
One hour in CDG is tight, if you have to change terminals (except maybe 2E to 2F), but should be doable. Chances are reduced if you get a bus gate.
Good luck and enjoy!

signol



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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3769 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3994 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
One hour in CDG is tight, if you have to change terminals (except maybe 2E to 2F), but should be doable.

It can be done, but it is difficult.    In my experience, CDG is fine and dandy, if you didn't have to go through security. Crazier spectacles are hard to find in a supposedly modern airport.

Quoting johns624 (Thread starter):
are flying DTW-CDG-CPH

We're also assuming here that it's all on AF. (I hope it is, because transitioning from T2 to T1 isn't something I'd like to try...)

Cheers
Mats



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User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5602 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3990 times:

Quoting johns624 (Thread starter):
Do we have to claim our luggage in Paris and then recheck it for Copenhagen?

No.

Quoting johns624 (Thread starter):
Also, we only have a little over an hour in CDG, is that enough time to go through passport control and make our connection?

It's tight. I believe that you will reclear security after passport control as you enter the Schengen (i.e., domestic) departure area.



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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3061 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3914 times:

As long as it is an AF-AF connection (or skyteam), baggage will go to last stop. However, there will be passport control in CDG (as you are entering Schengen), however, this is usually quite quick. Don't think you need to pass security, but I am not sure.

Other than that, I don't know too much about CDG, so I don't know about the tight connection. But if AF let you book it, then it should be ok.

-CXfirst



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User currently offlinejohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 923 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3897 times:

DL let us book it but have since added a warning saying that we might want to rebook because of a time change that gets it down to 70minutes between flights. Yes, it is all on AF, probably the only chance I'll ever have to fly on an A340.

User currently offlineMillwallSean From Singapore, joined Apr 2008, 1243 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3812 times:

Quoting johns624 (Reply 5):
DL let us book it but have since added a warning saying that we might want to rebook because of a time change that gets it down to 70minutes between flights. Yes, it is all on AF, probably the only chance I'll ever have to fly on an A340.

Ah if its on one itinerary and DL has allowed it you should be fine. However since your off on a cruise and DL has just given you that message I might have changed my flight to allow for more time at CDG just to avoid any stress. AF have 5 or more daily flights to CPH so if you keep it and it goes pete tong you'll still be alright but is it worth it?

I often have tight itineraries. If the airline allow it I book it.
It works 19 times out of 20 and when it doesn't the airline tend to put me on next available flight. The few times I have had a connection in CDG its been ok. Entered Schengen in maybe 20 minutes including some walks. But when entering Schengen on a foreign passport and presumably not speaking the local langauge you're at a disadvantage. With CDG being one of the worlds most cosmopolitan airports you never know who will be in front of you in the queue. If you arrive 5 minutes after 3 WestAfrican flights you might be in that queue a long time...

CDG is a nice place to wonder around. It's like a mini UN with flights from every part of the globe and every nationality. No problem to kill of a few hours if needed. In the world I belive FRA is the only one close to seeing flights from as many countries as CDG is.



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User currently offlinecubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22932 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3776 times:

Quoting johns624 (Reply 5):
DL let us book it but have since added a warning saying that we might want to rebook because of a time change that gets it down to 70minutes between flights.

If you are at a bus gate, you'll probably be met at the airplane and driven to your connection (or, at least, to security screening for your connection). AF makes it its business to make tight connections happen.

Of course, if you take a 2 hour delay leaving DTW and the CPH flight is gone, no amount of attention from AF will help you.



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User currently offlineTCASAlert From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3766 times:

I agree with the others - 1 hour is tight at CDG, especially if you end up having to do the horrendous terminal shuffle from 2E to 2G. However if its all AF, they will make sure you get to your destination, even if you end up missing the connecting flight to CPH, it's a busy route with multiple departures from different airlines so you should still get there the same day.

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25205 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3718 times:

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 4):
As long as it is an AF-AF connection (or skyteam), baggage will go to last stop.

It doesn't have to be AF-AF or Skyteam. All baggage will be through-checked to the last stop, at least if it's all on one ticket. Some carriers may refuse to through-check bags if you have separate tickets, but they will often do so in that case also.


User currently offlineIcarus75 From France, joined Oct 2003, 797 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 days ago) and read 3681 times:

Quoting Doona (Reply 2):
It can be done, but it is difficult. In my experience, CDG is fine and dandy, if you didn't have to go through security. Crazier spectacles are hard to find in a supposedly modern airport.

I guess you've never had to connect at ATL!  



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User currently offlineFlyingHollander From Netherlands, joined Jul 2011, 217 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 days ago) and read 3676 times:

I've had a 65 minute connection at CDG. I came from ORD, bussed to the terminal, through security again which takes long. When I arrived at the gate I had about 10 minutes 'till boarding started. This was all on AF.

In 2007 I had 75 minutes at CDG. I came in from EWR on CO (still ST then). I had to transfer terminal to get to my AF flight by bus which took forever. Went through security several times. I was one of the last to board the flight.

So 70 minutes is doable but make sure you go straight to your connecting flight! You'll see if you have any time to spare when you're there.



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User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3972 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3586 times:
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In my opinion, if there is one airline that tries hard to help passengers make tight connections, that would be AF. I have made connections (with the help of ground staff) where boarding had begun on my second flight while my first flight was still on final, and so did my luggage. If need be, they will drive a connecting passenger (and their luggage) straight to the next gate (or passport control, as appropriate).

If your inbound flight is late, look for ground staff at the top of the bridge. This is usually where they wait, sign in hand (showing the destination), for passengers who will need their assistance to make a tight connection.



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