DTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 14 Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3010 times:
as I have to travel trough DFW several times next year I just wanted to ask how long changing planes takes. I will change from AAEagle to AA most times, but I must also know how much time I need from Lufthansa to AAEagle because I'll probably have to get my luggage and pass another security check when arriving from Germany, right?
Justloveplanes From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1161 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2980 times:
DFW...UUGGHH. I have changed that same combination several times. It can take as long as 30 minutes by foot or bus plus security. This is because the tram has been disabled and had an erratic bus service last time I tried. If your on foot, the AE terminal is a separate animal. This is the case for an AE to international B767 that I have experienced about twice.
Adh214 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 362 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2944 times:
DFW is a great airport. If you are flying AA to AA Eagle, AA will automatically calculate a correct connect time and book you appropriately. Normal contact times are 60 to 90 minutes.
Now if you arrive on Lufthansa and depart on AA Eagle, you should be probably leave 2 to 3 hours. The only reason I say this is because you could easily get caught up in customs or immigration. I arrived on the Lufthansa flight from FRA to DFW and left immigration an hour after scheduled arrival even though the plane landed 20 minutes early and I have a US passport.
Once you leave immigration, you will likely need to leave the terminal and take a bus to terminal A or C. This should take about 15 minutes. Then you go through security again and you are on your way.
Alternatively, you can go back through security after leaving customs, walk to the other side of terminal B and then take the train to your gate. This option assumes you have a boarding pass for your onward journey. If no, you must have a boarding pass to go through security.
Now next year, we are getting a new international terminal and people mover. This will dramatically change your experience for the better.
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3560 posts, RR: 44
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2878 times:
I was wondering if the SkyBridge that connects Terminal A and B
is in the secured zone?
Normal contact times are 60 to 90 minutes.
Allow 45-60 minutes for normal AA-to-AE/AE-to-AA connections. Provides plenty of walk time (longest distances) while still arriving at departure gate 10 minutes prior to departure (so you don't lose your reservation). Longer connect times are unusual, but not rare (ask for assistance if things get tight).
International arrivals can be anywhere from 60 minutes to a couple of hours depending upon how Customs & Immigration are running. They seem to run pretty quickly at Term-A [AA] but I don't know about Term-B [where you'll be gated]. Nobody knows how the new international terminal will be when it opens. All hopes are for significant improvements, but.... we'll see.
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Atrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5717 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2843 times:
I did A35A to C-28 in 14 minutes. I kid you not. I had never been so scared to miss my flight as if I missed this one, i wouldnt make my next connecting flight and spend the night in STL....anyway...i made it in 14 minutes only to find out the flight was delayed..lol all the running for nothing.
Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
Viflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2830 times:
Where are you going to on AE/MQ? I asks this because most RJ only cities flights depart from Terminal B, the exception being Saab cities and flight to cities that can be downgraded from a ERJ to a Saab, those are at the A satellite. Also LH clears customs on B also, so it would be a win-win situation if your on a RJ flight for AE/MQ.
Bartond From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 792 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2702 times:
Wow, going from Germany to College Station, TX? That could be a slight culture shock. Ha.
Seriously though, if you come in on Lufthansa I would take the previous posters' advice and leave a few hours for security, customs, etc. but if you come in on an AA flight from FRA-DFW and connect with AA it shouldn't take long at all. An hour at the most.
N276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2660 times:
DFW..........it's a doozy! I worked there from '97 - '02. It was frik'n aggravating to navigate the airport the first few weeks I was there. Whoever designed the roads should be shot! All those over/underpasses, left-hand side exits, very confusing. The terminal layout can be confusing when you're walking through it and don't know how it is laid out. If you have questions about it, consult a map with an overview of the terminals, one that also shows where each airline is located. That will help a lot and give you some sense of direction. American's "AmericanWay Magazine" has a very good map of terminals A, B, and C since AA/AE has gates at all 3. There is a 4th terminal (E) that houses DL, CO, NW, etc.
For Eagle connections, there are 2 areas to be concerned with. First, there is a satellite terminal at the north end of Terminal A. To get to it, make your way to the low end gates around A10, A9, etc. There is an escalator down to a lower level where you catch a bus to the satellite terminal. This terminal mostly handles the flights that use the Saab 340b's. A couple of the ERJ flights leave from there as well. The second place to be aware of is the Eagle gates at Terminal B. Most of the ERJ's leave from here. Keep all this in mind when making your connections because these two areas are in completely different directions.
The "Skybridge" is located behind security between Terminal B and the intersection between Terminals A & C. The bridge crosses over the International Parkway allowing some nice airport views on sunny days.
DFW has a bus service I believe, but most people don't use it. It is more convenient to just walk to the gates. A question was asked about customs at LH. Lufthansa is located in Terminal B and so is a Customs and Immigration center. Once you complete all that, depending on your eagle connection, all you might have to do is go through security again upstairs and then walk down the concourse to the B side Eagle gates. If your eagle connection is in the satellite terminal, it may be best to catch a bus up stairs or make your way to the Airport Tram (outside security), and jump on the correct line (as there are several that go in different directions) that takes you to Terminal A. Get off at the low end gates and head through security to the terminal.
To answer Muttley35's question, the new people mover is to be opened when the new International Terminal is completed sometime next year. The 2 openings are to coincide together to unite the whole airport at once.
This is a long message with a lot in it, and DFW can be daunting at times. But with a little bit of practice, you will get the hang of it and then it becomes easy to get around. Like I said........DFW..........it's a doozy. Happy Flying.
DTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2655 times:
First of all thanks again for all the good replies. I will definitely come with LH so I have to accept the idea of spending several hours at DFW before connecting to CLL. But I think after the long FRA-DFW flight it won't hurt me anymore.