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Is 55 Minutes Enough Transfer Time In FRA?  
User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1387 posts, RR: 10
Posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3460 times:

Hi,

Please help. For a business travel itinerary (ATL - CAI), I arrive at 9:05am in FRA, on Delta from ATL, and then I depart on Lufthansa for CAI at 10am. I don't know the layout of FRA that well - will 55 minutes be enough? Will I have to clear customs since I'm transfering from one int'l flight to another? Please help!

thanks.

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User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3436 times:

NYC, you have to change the terminal in Frankfurt which isn't too difficult - just use the Sky Train. Also you can check through the luggage in Atlanta, I guess.
But when you arrive, you have to go through Immigration (because of the different terminals) and have to pass security check again.

In my opinion 55 minutes is very rare time.




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User currently offlineMatt From Canada, joined May 1999, 693 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3436 times:

I don't have an answer but I have the same question as you! So I'll ask the ones who reply to you to reply to mine as well.

I will be connecting through FRA next month from BCN to YYZ. My connection time is only 55 minutes. Is that enough? I will travelling on LH, then AC (all within T1).



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User currently onlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3433 times:

I think 55 minutes will be not enough, because you need to transfer between Terminal 1 and 2. Regarding customs clearance I am not sure.
It is not possible to book via CDG (AF) or via Frankfurt ex ATL with LH?

regards
Avianca



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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3419 times:

I don't know what FRA airport says, but as I know this airport, I think it won't be enough time.

User currently onlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

Matt, if the flight is on time no problem, because it is all in Terminal 1.



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User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3420 times:

Matt, what did the reservation system say? Usually f.e. Amadeus gives a warning when arrival and departure aren't in MCT.

You may walk some meters or kilometers  Wink/being sarcastic , departure will be in Terminal 1 concourse B, arrival aprox. Terminal 1 concourse A. so no problem in my opinion.



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User currently offlineFraT From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 1106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3411 times:

I think you can stay within the transit area even when you have to go from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1. The Skytrain has 2 compartments, 1 for transit pax and the other one for everybody else.
It's short but you can make it.


User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3404 times:

FraT, how does that work in Terminal 2? There is one stop for the Skytrain only - from where do the arriving passengers come to enter the Skytrain?


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User currently offlineFraT From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 1106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3401 times:

Avianca and NumberTwelfe,

I don't know where you are getting your information from but DL is definitely arriving in Terminal 2.


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3397 times:

It is possible, try to get your FRA-CAI boarding pass already in ATL and use - as FraT already mentioned - the transit pax compartment of the Sky Train, then you don't have to pass (a time consuming) security check. I guess that your luggage goes straight through to CAI, so no worries about that.

Another tip, tell the DL flight attendants that you have a very hot connection, if they are friendly they will give you priority during disembarkment (then run as fast as you can to an immigration counter).

Patrick


User currently offlineMatt From Canada, joined May 1999, 693 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3393 times:

No, my connection is legal as the MCT is 45 minutes. I was just wondering if that was realistic. But I guess if it's all in T1, there should be not problem.

What checks will I have to go through? Passport control? I am going from a non-Schengen country (Canada) to a Schengen country (Spain) with a stop in a Schengen country (Germany).




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User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3390 times:

Yes, FraT, but we were talking about Matt from Canada who wants to fly from BCN (LH) via FRA to Canada (AC).

We're not talking about DL/LH but LH/AC.

And is there a walkway/escalator/elevator or whatever to bring Transit Passengers from Terminal 2 (special part of Skytrain) to Terminal 1 Transit section?



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User currently offlineFraT From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 1106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3389 times:

As I said, the Skytrain has two compartments. The transit passengers enter from the other side than the normal people but they are in two different cars.

User currently onlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3383 times:

FratT, I didn´t say that Delta is not arriving in Terminal 2, I confirm please check first reply. My second was for Matt, he is tranfering from a LH flight to an AC flight, and these flights are definitely arriving/departing Terminal 1


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User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3374 times:

I had once only 40 minutes transit time in FRA and had to take the small train to change terminal.

I was arriving from Madras and transiting to Geneva. My flight was late due to a missed approach. No problem, even my luggages followed me.

Do not worry FRA is not such a big airport, once you know it of course.

Cheers. Kilavoud.


User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3374 times:

Sabena: "..., try to get your FRA-CAI boarding pass already in ATL ...I guess that your luggage goes straight through to CAI, ..."

Isn't there a possibility to check it in advance? If boarding pass for FRA-CAI will be issued in FRA, I think this isn't a problem. But what happens if luggage doesn't go straight through to CAI?

You wrote that you guess, Patrick. But who can confirm in advance?



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User currently offlineFraT From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 1106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3375 times:

Avianca and NumberTwelfe
My apologies to both of you. I thought you were referring to the thread starter.
Connecting from one Star Alliance flight to another is no problem in 45 minutes. If you are really arriving in Concourse A than use the tunnel to go to Concourse B. Should save you some time.


User currently offlineFRALIM From Germany, joined Jun 2003, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3332 times:

Hey!

No customs or immigration for ATL-FRA-CAI!

As mentioned by the others there is the skyline train that connects T1 and T2. Check the gate for the CAI flight as soon as possible (maybe the crew can already ask for it). If the flight departs from Concourse A or B it's definetily best to take the train. When you get off just follow the signs for T1 A/B (to the right). you will walk along concourse D (depending on DL's gate) towards concourse E. After the duty free shop (that's where local pax get through security) you will turn left and cross the check-in hall on a glass bridge. There's the station for the skyline train. this station is for transit pax only (as mentioned above there are two carriages; one for locals and one for transfers). There are two stops in T1. Where you hace to get off depends on your gate....

But there is also another possibility how to get to T1. This one you should only take if your LH flight departs from Concourse C. In that case you just walk in the other direction (to the left) when you get off your plane. There should be signs for T1 C guiding you in that direction. T1 and T2 are connected. so you can walk from you arrival gate in concourse D to your departure gate in concourse C. But as I said, only walk if your gate is in C otherwise the skyline train is definitely faster.... to be honest I would only recommend to walk when you arrive at a gate between D9 and D13.

But if you follow the signs there should be no problems at all. the minimum departure time for FRA is 45min , so you shoul make it... (as long as your DL flight is on time, of course  Wink/being sarcastic)

I hope my explanations were not too confusing for you!!!!

Enjoy your flight and have some good 55min in FRA.

Chris


User currently offlineSAS-A321 From Denmark, joined Mar 2002, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3323 times:

Definitely! I made it in and out of FRA in 1 hour with my family and we had to go get our bags and check in again. One hour after touchdown we were sitting comfortably in the aircraft bound for CPH.


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User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

thanks guys! I appreciate all of your advice. I will put on my running shoes and head for the Sky Train.

-Jay


User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1428 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

Call delta just to make sure you can check your bags all the way to CAI


ROLL TIDE!!!
User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

55 minutes should work.. before you leave study/check out airport maps so when you get there you'll know your way around the apt. That's what I did and it worked great for me.

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