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User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6207 posts, RR: 11
Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3281 times:

Hello kids
I have a couple of questions concerning my friends connection in ATL this upcoming Thursday.
My friends flight from SJU arrives into ATL at 5:08 pm our conenction is scheduled to depart ATL at 6:15 pm. I have my doubts that this is enough time to get from concourse B or A (were the flights from SJU usually arrive) to concourse E(were international flights depart), but Ive ony transited through ATL three times and only remined in concourse A. How long does the tram take to get from concourse A or B to concourse E?. Also the ticket says the flight closes 45 minutes prior to departure , does this also apply to connections ?(I doubt you can make it to the gate in that amount of time), and if we do get there about 20 minutes prior to departure, will we not be allowed on board?
Thanks in advance>>>
Chepos

[Edited 2005-12-08 22:34:00]


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User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1427 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

I think this is a dumb question and the answer is prolly no but I'll still ask it: Is SJU flight an international flight? If no I think it should be anough time since you do not have to clear security, just run down to the train, I am guessing it'll be 20 minutes at most from gate to gate.

Regarding your question about flights closing 45 minutes before, I really doubt it, I just read it looks like you are flying from SJU-ATL-International. You should be fine

BTW, I am going to ATL for the first time on Jan 5th...I am taking Airtran so it looks like Terminal C



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User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2671 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3271 times:

That's more than enough time. You could probably grab something to eat if you wanted to also, and still get there around boarding time. I've never done a domestic-international connection there, just domestic-domestic, so I could be wrong. I only had a 40 minute connection. My MCO flight departed out of E and my SYR flight arrived into B. I ate a quick lunch at the BK in E, and got to the gate as the flight was boarding. You'll be just fine.

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3266 times:

There shouldn't be any customs inspection coming from San Juan so you'll be fine. If the flights are on time you will have an hour to make the conourse switch.

Quoting Chepos (Thread starter):
How long does the tram take to get from concourse A or B to concourse E?.

Maybe 5-10 minutes. It doesn't take very long at all. If you were going from A to B or T I would say walk it. Going to E though take the train. (Unless it is after midnight and then you're walking beause they shut it down.) I made it one from B to my car and back to B in right at 30 minutes (I ripped my pants and had to get another pair from the car...Doh!)

They start loading up the plane about 45 minutes before and not actually closing the doors at that point so you'll be ok.



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User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6207 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3258 times:

No, flights from SJU dont have to clear customs (it's a domestic flight), and i myself im arriving from DAB (Daytona Beach, Florida) and at 2:30 so I dont foresee a problem with my connection. My friend is the one who is arriving from San Juan, and since she's never been through the ATL she wants me to wait for her and then we could make our way over to the gate for the flgiht to FRA. Anyways thanks for the responses. Hopefully that day will be a beautiful day for flying in ATL and no delays whatsoever. (Crossing my fingers for this)
Chepos



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User currently offlineI530j From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3240 times:

The train takes i think i heard 3 min. a concourse. So your friend should have enough time.


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User currently offlineYoungFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3235 times:

That is a lot of time so you can relax. We (family of 4) made it from the two ends of the terminal in 15 min. b/c delta gave us a horrible connection and the flight was late. The bags didn't make it though,
Dan



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User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4746 posts, RR: 45
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3228 times:

If you don't have to clear customs you'll be fine. My last flight through ATL arrived at E2 (the flight was continuing to Cancun) and my connection was leaving from A30.

Made it gate to gate in less than 15/20 mins.

-g



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User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3208 times:

Plenty of time...I've walked all the way from T (terminal) to E (international) in 20 mins...WALKED!!! Yes, crazy enough, but I usually like to kill time that way and plus it gives a nice, quiet experience in between terminals with very little people (something you don't see too often at ATL).

When is he leaving/where's he going to? I could help him out...



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 7):
My last flight through ATL arrived at E2 (the flight was continuing to Cancun) and my connection was leaving from A30.

Made it gate to gate in less than 15/20 mins.

My first impression of ATL (TR will follow):
Last sunday around 1800h I arrived from CDG at gate E14 and was off the airplane pretty fast.
Immigration took 20 minutes (I was in a fast moving line !!! ). Luggage pickup, USDA inspection, luggage drop down again (ATL was my final destination - weird procedure !), new security check (!) to get into the "normal" part of the concourse (in my case: the train system), found out that the train system was broken down, had to walk all the way from Concourse E to Arrivals with loads of pax doing the same (in both directions), pick up luggage again, go to rental car counter. In total it took me exactly 2 hours from touchdown to the point I sat down the rental car-shuttle  Sad
-HT



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3198 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 9):
luggage drop down again (ATL was my final destination - weird procedure !),

By far the most annoying thing in the world with International Arrivals in ATL. I haven't arrived from a far off destination at home in a couple of years. The next time I do I'm going to try and bypass that whole thing and take my bags with me since I'm home. The only reason why I can think of is so people coming from overseas aren't dragging everything but the kitchen sink through the airport since the baggage carts aren't allowed in the concourses.

Quoting HT (Reply 9):
found out that the train system was broken down, had to walk all the way from Concourse E to Arrivals

Strange to see it not working during the day. I've only had that happen to me once during the daytime. Usually they shut it down after midnight for work and I've made that same walk many a time when coming in late from MCO or any other flight that drops me off in E which is now and then.

Sorry that was your first impression of ATL. If you're still in town go by The Varsity and get yourself a Glorified Burger, Slaw Dog, and a Frosted Orange. Enjoy your trip back home and thanks for spending your hard earned money in my hometown!



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User currently offlineFLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3187 times:

I have seen people waiting for international bags at the carousel on many occasions, so i think its a wierd practice...the reason I believe that it is in effect is because you are going through the secure part of the terminal, so its just not possible to have that size bags in the terminal.

Now, I perfer to walk in ATL no matter where my flight leaves from. However, if time is of the essence, as I think it may be in this case, hop on the train and you'll be there in 5 mins max.


User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

I was in ATL in July. I had to go from B to E with about 50 minutes in-between flights. The tram system is very efficient! We went from the gate in B to the gate in E in about 15 minutes.

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User currently offlineOmoo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3178 times:

Thats enough time to cook a meal and eat it too  Smile the trains in ATL are pretty fast and people move fast, plus the lack of lines like JFK makes thing a bit easier.

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

Quoting Omoo (Reply 13):
the lack of lines like JFK

You must mean the Immigration and Customs lines because the TSA security lines get ridiculous at some points when the fast food rejects want to start discussing their weekend plans.



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User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3157 times:

I connected in ATL on Friday. My flight arrived in Concourse B and I made it to Concourse E in five or so minutes on the people mover.

User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3152 times:

Quoting I530j (Reply 5):
The train takes i think i heard 3 min. a concourse

That's pretty accurate.

Quoting 767-332ER (Reply 8):
Plenty of time...I've walked all the way from T (terminal) to E (international) in 20 mins...WALKED!!!

That is a long good walk! -- most people use the train (maybe because they did not think they would make their flights in time if they had walked!)

I sometime use the people mover (moving sidewalk) - they are very long, nice, and fast. More people could have use that -- trains can be packed at times.

They do have nice gallery of art displays between the terminals. I prefer to walk than take the train!



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3137 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 10):
Quoting HT (Reply 9):
luggage drop down again (ATL was my final destination - weird procedure !),

By far the most annoying thing in the world with International Arrivals in ATL. I haven't arrived from a far off destination at home in a couple of years. The next time I do I'm going to try and bypass that whole thing and take my bags with me since I'm home.

To my experience, you´ll be unsuccessful to take a long your checked luggage after passing USDA inspection. Those security screeners will send you back if you see you approaching with luggage with tags on it.
Alternatively (after you have removed your tags - which I do NOT advise to do), they will send you back after screening because you probably will have some prohibited sharp objets in your checked luggage.

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 10):
Quoting HT (Reply 9):
found out that the train system was broken down, had to walk all the way from Concourse E to Arrivals

Strange to see it not working during the day.

The system really was broken down with a train standing in every single station with its doors open and pax keeping boarding and leaving the non-moving trains.

Upon my return flight, the train system worked well (though I deliberatly didn´t use it; queues at security checkpoints were non-existant at around 1930h).

In case anybody is interested in the proposed TR which turned out to be a "DL vs. AF" in Business Class over the Atlantic, here´s the TR:
Crossing The Atlantic In Business Class: DL Vs. AF (by HT Dec 20 2005 in Trip Reports)

Quoting September11 (Reply 16):
I sometime use the people mover (moving sidewalk) - they are very long, nice, and fast.

But the tunnel itself is very boring and not very pleasing. Some small variation in lighting would be rather cheap to install, but already would give the traveller some kind of distraction. Ultimately every sequence between two concourse could get a different "theme" of lighting ...
Two much more pleasing tunnels I know of are:
- FRA: The link between gate areas A and B (after re-opening)
- DTW/McNamara Terminal: The link to the concourse where those regional flights are handled (Concourse "C" ?, IIRC).

-HT



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