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Topic: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: FRAspotter
Posted 2008-05-09 03:00:50 and read 6061 times.

Ok, on June 3rd I'm flying from College Station, TX (CLL) to IAH on CO express. Next, I have a 2 hour layover to transfer to LH for my flight to FRA. My question is, when transferring between airlines at IAH do I have to claim my luggage in Terminal A and than travel to the departures check in area at Terminal D or is there a transfers desk for other airlines like at DFW? I've never transfered in IAH before let alone change airlines so any help would be appreciated.

Oh by the way, it says that the LH flight from IAH to FRA is currently served by a 744. Is this a permanent change from the A343/A346 that was serving IAH before or is it just seasonal before going back to an A346?

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: Davescj
Posted 2008-05-09 03:29:48 and read 6051 times.

When checking in at CCL, ask to have your bags transfered to LH. If it is a single ticket, it should not be a problem, and should be automatic at check in. If you're on 2 tickets, remember the promises go down about baggage transfers going smoothly. As both CO and LH are major carriers, I'm sure they will transfer bags for you. If you're on two tickets, show both at check in and I'm sure the agent will be happy to do it for you.

Once in IAH, you'll need to go to Terminal D (international). If bags have been checked to FRA (and it should not be a problem), take the terminal link train to Terminal D. The fastest will be the train between the gates 76-- 83 and 84-- 88 wings. This will drop you in Terminal C, near gate C24 and Presidents Club. From there, simply walk to the D gates (there are clear signs, and it is a 5 min walk).

For IAH, see map link below:

https://www.continental.com/web/en-us/content/travel/airport/maps/iah.aspx?SID=67746A86E6234540A1914D990FD86F1D

LH does have a lounge in Terminal D, I know for sure a Senator Lounge, but I don't now what level that is (J or F?).

Have a great trip! Hope it is TR worthy!

Dave

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: Coa747
Posted 2008-05-09 07:52:00 and read 5959 times.

No need to walk from terminal C. You can take Termalink all the way to Terminal D. The extension to D has been open for a few years now.

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: ABQopsHP
Posted 2008-05-09 08:20:04 and read 5938 times.

If you are flying 9L(Colgan) between CLL-IAH you will arrive at Terminal A, take the shuttle bus to Term B or C and then the Terminal Link to D. If youre on a COEX/XE flt, you will arrive Terminal B and then take the Terminal Link to D. Not to worry if you arrive in A, the shuttle bus leaves from near gates 1 and 2 inside security and drops you off inside security. And yes please be sure to tell and show the CLL agents you are connecting to LH, so the bags will be sent thru to your destination.
JD

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: FRAspotter
Posted 2008-05-09 13:23:43 and read 5883 times.

Thanks guys, your responses have been real helpful.

Quoting ABQopsHP (Reply 3):
If you are flying 9L(Colgan) between CLL-IAH you will arrive at Terminal A

Yeah, that is what I'm flying...

Quoting Davescj (Reply 1):
Hope it is TR worthy!

So do I...  Smile

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: FRAspotter
Posted 2008-05-15 20:43:26 and read 5758 times.

One more question. What is the fastest way to transfer from terminal A to Terminal D? Does IAH have a sky link system like DFW or do you have to huff it?

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: Davescj
Posted 2008-05-16 02:33:15 and read 5731 times.



Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 5):
Does IAH have a sky link system like DFW or do you have to huff it?

There is a train system that goes between terminals, is that what you're thinking of? If you mean within the D (International) terminal itself, once there the whole area is quite compact. The C terminal is larger, but not a single drawn out line (like in DFW or DTW). The B terminal is 4 small mods, emptying into a common check in/post security area, again small enough not to need a skylink as at DFW. I've never transferred in A, but it isn't a large terminal area either....most of the flights there have only 1/2 gates, and the terminal is in 2 parts (I think) once you're inside.

I'd guess you'll never be more than 7 or 8 min slow walk to the train that links you to the other terminals.

Dave

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: Nwafflyer
Posted 2008-05-16 04:32:36 and read 5717 times.

The only problem with coming into terminal A is that to use the train, you have to go outside security, and then when you've reached terminal C you have to go back through security.

There is a shuttle bus that leaves gate A2 and takes you to both terminal B and terminal C. This way, you stay inside security, but it is a little slower. 2 hours is plenty of time though

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: FRAspotter
Posted 2008-05-16 23:41:11 and read 5634 times.



Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 7):
There is a shuttle bus that leaves gate A2 and takes you to both terminal B and terminal C. This way, you stay inside security, but it is a little slower. 2 hours is plenty of time though

Thanks, that is what I was wondering. I guess I'll be able to walk from C to the D terminal.

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 7):
The only problem with coming into terminal A is that to use the train, you have to go outside security, and then when you've reached terminal C you have to go back through security.

Wow, that seems weird to have a system like this at IAH of all places. Maybe sometime in the future they'll install a train system that reaches all the terminals and stays within security. It seems that it would be way more efficient that way.

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: Davescj
Posted 2008-05-16 23:48:27 and read 5634 times.



Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 8):
I guess I'll be able to walk from C to the D terminal.

The walk isn't that far. But I'm told that there is now a train airside between the two terminals.

Dave

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: Ikramerica
Posted 2008-05-17 00:00:15 and read 5625 times.

If you have 2 hours and have never been to IAH before, you can do any and all options for fun. Take the bus (which puts you on the tarmac near the planes). Take the underground train, recheck in through security (it takes only a couple minutes at Terminal C, very fast). Take the monorail to get a bird's eye view. It's all good!

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 8):
Wow, that seems weird to have a system like this at IAH of all places. Maybe sometime in the future they'll install a train system that reaches all the terminals and stays within security. It seems that it would be way more efficient that way.

The underground people mover was designed before security screening existed. It connects terminals A, B and C as well as the hotel. You can also walk the length down there if you don't want to ride. It's a very "1960/70's view of the future" design, like something out of Westworld or 2001, where large transportation systems were built to transfer very small numbers of people at a time.  Wink

The new monorail is inside security. Currently it only connects B, C and D (you must walk to E through the International arrivals building). It will be extended to A, eventually. Until then, there is a bus that connects A, B and C inside security. I guess the thinking behind not sending it to A to begin with was that few customers connect from A to any CO or International flight, as most pax into A are O&D on other airlines. The cost of the extension would be expensive, and the bus system covers the few connections pretty handily as it is.

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: Slider
Posted 2008-05-17 08:18:43 and read 5588 times.



Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 5):
One more question. What is the fastest way to transfer from terminal A to Terminal D? Does IAH have a sky link system like DFW or do you have to huff it?

FRA- The train to Term A that will connect it to the others won't be done for at least a couple years. So for now, you have to take the shuttle bus to either Terminals B or C and then you can walk or take the train to D/E (joint stop). Depending on how much time you have, you'll have the luxury of cruising around to see it all.

Just make sure that you have your bags checked all the way through at origin in CLL.

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: AznMadSci
Posted 2008-05-17 14:55:17 and read 5535 times.

Here's a simple plan based on the suggestions above:

The agents should be able to check your bags all the way to FRA whether on the same or different itineraries. Make sure you hold onto the ticket jacket, one of the few airlines that will give you a ticket jacket  duck !

From Terminal A, hop onto the shuttle bus and hop off at Terminal B. Once in Terminal B, then hop onto the airtrain to Terminal D. You'll get a nice aerial view of IAH, and all of this is without having to go through security. Once at Terminal D, you'll probably board your LH flight at D11, so just walk to the end of Terminal D and checkin at the D11 counter making sure you show your passport and your ticket jacket that will have you checked bag receipts on it. From their, they will do all the necessary stuff and give you your LH boarding pass. If you have access to the Senator Lounge, it's located after D9 to your right side. Currently it's one of their beautiful 744s that I believe is scheduled till the end of the year. While taking the airtrain from Terminal B, you may be lucky to see KL 744C, AF 772, BA 772, and LH744 all parked at Terminal D. I'm not sure on pushback if you'll be there in time to see the EK arrival.  yes 

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: Drerx7
Posted 2008-05-17 15:03:15 and read 5529 times.

FYI - they broke ground on the Terminal A extension of TerminaLink maybe a month or so ago. My curiosity is how is it going to stay within security - if it just connects the North Concourse of Terminal A then you would still have to exit security to get to US, AA, UA, and F9.

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: AznMadSci
Posted 2008-05-17 15:24:03 and read 5523 times.



Quoting Drerx7 (Reply 13):
FYI - they broke ground on the Terminal A extension of TerminaLink maybe a month or so ago. My curiosity is how is it going to stay within security - if it just connects the North Concourse of Terminal A then you would still have to exit security to get to US, AA, UA, and F9.

I wasn't sure if they had broke ground for TerminaLink (and of course forgot the name of it). I think in the interim, those needing to go to Terminal A South would have to go through security again. But that will all depend once the new Terminal B is completed and start work shaping the airport with their masterplan to mimic ATL. By then it will be interesting to see if IAH will have both TerminaLink and PeopleMover (the post-security underground train system).

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: RJdxer
Posted 2008-05-17 15:56:02 and read 5509 times.

CO resisted having the terma link go to A for years because they didn't want it to be easy to tranfer to another airline. Now that they have Colgan going out of there and a club their thinking has changed.

As stated, if you have two hours you can get from A to D just about anyway you want. There is the bus and connect with the termalink in B. Or you can take the kiddie train in the basement outside of security, you can also walk the several thousand feet if you want to burn off some energy before your flight in the same basement tunnel,

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: Drerx7
Posted 2008-05-17 16:17:48 and read 5493 times.



Quoting RJdxer (Reply 15):
CO resisted having the terma link go to A for years because they didn't want it to be easy to tranfer to another airline. Now that they have Colgan going out of there and a club their thinking has changed.

I know that was the reason they didn't want it to go to A to begin with...but is CO or the City of Houston footing the bill for this one?

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: Ikramerica
Posted 2008-05-17 16:56:11 and read 5487 times.

And with the Terminal B rebuild, CO will have to use Terminal A more and more for a long period of time, so connecting it via Terminalink makes sense for them now.

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: AznMadSci
Posted 2008-05-17 18:18:35 and read 5458 times.



Quoting Drerx7 (Reply 16):
but is CO or the City of Houston footing the bill for this one?

I think it's either 50/50 or 40/60 for either permutation. Though I'm wondering if the City's portion is coming from whatever proposition we voted for a while back where possibly airport revenue earned stays at the airport for improvements and expansions (I could totally be wrong with this). It was something CO asked Houston residents to vote yes for and was approved. Any Houstonians know what I'm talking about?  confused 

Topic: RE: Transferring Between Airlines At IAH
Username: Drerx7
Posted 2008-05-17 18:21:17 and read 5457 times.

I know what you are talking about...I forgot about that proposition; it makes since - that was in Continental's anticipation of the massive Terminal B rebuild. I really didn't see that size of expansion coming ($1 Billion or so huh?)


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