Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2 Posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5234 times:
Just last night I booked a ticket to fly from ATL to NUE in June/July. I leave ATL in the early afternoon on AA to MIA. I arrive there at 5:00p.m. but my next flight is not until 7:45p.m. on Swiss to ZRH. I then connect onto a flight to NUE from ZRH, again on Swiss. The return path is the same and I have a slightly longer layover time in MIA on the way back. From what I have figured out, the flight from MIA to ZRH departs out of the A terminal. I do not know what terminal my flight from ATL to MIA arrives in. What do you think about the A terminal in MIA? Is it where I want to spend almost three hours, or do you suggest going somewhere else in the airport?
Also, what is the customs and immigration like in MIA at 5:15p.m., which is when I arrive back in MIA from ZRH two weeks later? Do different terminals use different customs and immigrations areas, or do they all funnel into one area? Thank you for your input.
MIASkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1425 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5208 times:
Hi there. The A Terminal is preety massive and it will be even more massive once Concourse A through E is connected and made into one big terminal for AA, One World and their Partners. It will house I believe around 70 or so gates.
Upon arriving at MIA from ATL, you will be arriving in EURO rush hour. All over the airport from Concourse A to F, the airlines are getting ready for the last of the afternoon departures to Europe. In Concourse A you will see the 1st of ( 2 ) daily BA 744's ready to depart to LHR, as well as alot of unique Latin American carriers such as TACA (A320's and A319'S), LAN (763's), TAM (A332's) and of course plenty of AA and AE. In the other concoures you can find AZ 772 (Con E) , IB A346 or A343 (Con E) , AF 744 or A343 (Con F), Finnair MD-11 (Con F), VS A346 or 744 (Con E), Martinair 763 and 738 (Con E) and LH 744 & A343.
I am not sure about different Customs/Immigrations areas for the airport, I want to say they all funnel to main Customs Area in Con.E (since that use to be the main Intl Terminal) but things might have changed (?).
Also, when you arrive to MIA from ATL, ask the gate agent or flight attendant to show you where the connecting pathway is between Con A and E. That way you do not need to exit the terminal and do the security line again.
Have fun checking out MIA and have fun in Zurich! I always love seeing the lovely LX A332 at MIA!
FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7582 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5195 times:
yea since you have three hours I would just walk around AA terminals so you dont have to leave security. You will see alot of European airlines and customs will be busy around that time. You wont all the red eyes to south America at that time but you will always see some South American Airlines in MIA at any time.
The A and D gates are the best in the airport. But if you want some Cuban food or something I would suggest leving security and looking around there too. It is very hectic outside security fun to watch everyone checking in and all. If you never been to MIA before I sure you should have a good time. Just dont be late for your flight to ZRH.
But if you dont want to leave security ask someone were the connecting tunnel is to your other gate. You are going to walk through some ugly parts of the airport but dont let that discourage you councourse A is great. There will also be alot of pictures and stuff of the new terminal
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
OB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3872 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5179 times:
Quoting MIASkies (Reply 1): I am not sure about different Customs/Immigrations areas for the airport, I want to say they all funnel to main Customs Area in Con.E (since that use to be the main Intl Terminal) but things might have changed (?).
I believe that if you're arriving in Concourse A or B (maybe even C, not sure though) it funnels you to the Customs Area in Concourse B.
From what I've read here, MIA is a hell to fly through, but I see no major problems with it. I guess it's all a matter of how you see things.
As a side note, your LX A332 will fly over my house as it continues on downwind for Runway 8L if the winds are blowing to the west. I'll keep a lookout for you!
Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5170 times:
Thanks for your responses! Is it easy to move between the terminals through the tunnels that you all have mentioned? Also, are most of the terminals used for domestic and international traffic, or are they separated? For instance, in ATL, our E terminal is used almost exclusively for international flights. No international flights except some to Canada depart from the other five terminals (T, A-D).
Edoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5159 times:
Quoting Airplanetire (Thread starter): Also, what is the customs and immigration like in MIA at 5:15p.m., which is when I arrive back in MIA from ZRH two weeks later?
From experience I know 5.15pm can be a bad time to come in on international flights that need to clear immigration: there may be a few flights from Mexico or Latin America coming in then as well. When it is very busy (e.g. 20 people before you in each queue) at immigration, I always pick the lane closest to the left of the hall. Here you have the most chance that people are taken out of the queue to go stand in other lines, so this one may move faster. Also sometimes they open up extra booths on the left (usually only for crew), you might be able to slip through faster there as well...
This might be worth it even if you are a US citizen - the "US-only" lanes on the right can be notoriously slow, as was demonstrated a few weeks ago when I managed to get through about 20 minutes faster on the left, than a colleague who was in the US-only lane on the right...
Speedbird2155 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5168 times:
Hey, if I remember correctly, when I arrived on my BA flight from LHR last October it was in Concourse A and was around 6pm. Immigration and Customs were in the same concourse and it wasn't very busy at that time of evening. Actually got through it all pretty quickly. Only problem I found was that there weren't many (if any) signs around and it was a bit confusing as to where we were. Even the American lady who sat next to me on the flight wasn't sure what Concourse we were in and we had to end up asking one of the ladies who worked there.