Ansett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5227 times:
I am from Australia where usually we allow about an hour or more for connection times between domestic flights.
However I have noticed from Miami to JFK via IAD
And from JFK to ATL via IAD...
Both flights have a 40/ 45 minute connection time. And this seems to be standard.
What do you guys reckon? Is this a afe option? What if the one flight is running 1/2 hour late? What hope have I getting on my connecting flight (especially the IAD_JFK one which is the last of the day). .. not to mention my luggage!
I am a bit worried to say the least!
Any comments/ experiences/ anything would be appreciated!
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5167 times:
If you are flying into the US on an international flight then connecting, most airlines will not even ticket a flight that departs within an hour of your arrival. I will be flying LGW-DFW-ABI in a few days, my arrival is scheduled for 14:25. There is a 15:17 departure to ABI and a 17:52 departure. I'd love to hurry and make the 15:17, but AA will not ticket me for that flight; they have a 1-hour rule to allow customs clearance and baggage re-check.
In most cases, 45 minutes is enough for US domestic flights. Even at large hubs, airlines try (note they try, but not always succeed) in having common connecting flights arrive and depart at nearby gates. If you're going to places like JFK and ATL, there are probably several later flights you can get on in case you miss your connection, so I wouldn't sweat it.
Actually, with a connection time less than 45 minutes, I'd worry more about your baggage making the connection.
Airtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1564 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5158 times:
I was going to JFK via IAD from CDG last month, had to get out of the 777 (seated in row 36, you know what I mean...), then queue at the immigration office, clear customs and re-check my luggage, then take the shuttle to get at the main terminal. I found it impossible to do that within one hour, missed my connecting flight and had to wait for the next flight to JFK. I guess it could have been possible to board on time if we weren't late before landing at CDG, and perhaps it can help if you are not seated at the tail... Some people were in the same case that day, but I had some time to visit the terminal anyway