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Connecting At IAH On Continental  
User currently offlineAirplanelover From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6157 times:

Hey, I havent posted in forever..

I'm traveling by myself for the first time, haven't flown in awhile. I was wondering how easy it is to connect through IAH on Continental. Is there any way you could find out what gates your flights would be at? How is Continental layed out at IAH?

Anyways if it helps here are my flight numbers..

PIT - IAH (June 1st)
Continental Airlines Flight 1876

IAH - ABQ (June 1st)
Continental Airlines Flight 740

ABQ - IAH (June 5th)
Continental Airlines Flight 1474

IAH - PIT (june 5th)
Continental Airlines Flight 1449

I guess the main thing that worries me is I only have a 31 minute layover returning through Houston.. How is Continental through Houston? Anyone care to share any experiences...

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated...

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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6131 times:

You can get the gate numbers off the CO website the day before or the morning of (if you have time) through the flight status section on their homepage. It will also print out on your boarding pass when you check in. Keep in mind this does change frequently so verifiy it when you get off in IAH.

As for connecting in IAH, I've always found it simple to get around, but everything seems to be spread out so it could be a decent walk to get to your gate. 30 minutes may be cutting it pretty close if you were coming from EWR or other airports that generally have delays, but you should probably be ok as long as you don't mess around and everything is on time. Check the airport diagram in the CO magazine to plan your route to the next gate so you know where to go.


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6131 times:

I'm sure one of the many IAH CO-faithful on here will set me straight, but my experience with CO connections at IAH has been exclusively in terminals 'C' and 'E' -- and invariably, whichever terminal I arrive in is not the one that my connection is departing out of.

I've also found that the gate assignments have a tendency to change -- at least with my connecting flights -- any time it looks like I'll have a nearby connection (that is, one that doesn't require a terminal change), the gate assignment changes  Sad

If you only have 31 minute connection be prepared to haul ass and take-no-prisoners. Don't be afraid of using the carts either -- I had one of the drivers demand that I get on last time I rolled through with a tight connection (first and only time I've done it) and it reduced the stress dramatically.

There's also suposedly a train of some kind, but I've never (had time to) find it.



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User currently offlinePdxcof9 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6125 times:

Unless you take a delay, you should be fine. Both flights depart and arrive in the same terminal.


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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8670 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days ago) and read 6103 times:

I connected a year ago and its a pretty.layout. The people are nice and if you miss your flight asked to get rebooked.

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User currently offlineIAHcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3421 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days ago) and read 6080 times:
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Quoting Pdxcof9 (Reply 3):
Both flights depart and arrive in the same terminal.

This is true in the sense that C/E ... and D too.. are essentially one big interconnected structure. But there is still a long walk to get from one end to the other. The terminalink train is really only of help between E and C14-26, otherwise walking is faster.
Oh, BTW, NW just moved over to Term A.. B is now all CoEx (Both ExpressJet and the Other One)



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User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7535 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days ago) and read 6080 times:

Connecting at IAH is a breeze. I imagine that all of your flights will arrive and leave from Terminal C (maybe one from E, but thats mostly international). Terminal E is very nice as well, if you have a longer layover you can step over there and get some food or something.


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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days ago) and read 6067 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 2):
If you only have 31 minute connection be prepared to haul ass and take-no-prisoners. Don't be afraid of using the carts either

Agreed 100%.



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User currently offlineCO777ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6003 times:

If your going to be close on your connection b/c of a delay, talk with one of the Red Coat Representatives who will assist you if your plane is still at the gate. Your chances are much greater that they will hold the plane if the Rep alerts the gate crew that you are mins away.

If you have a descent layover because of a delay in IAH, go to the Terminal E food court. There is a Pappasitos, Ruby's (by Term. E security), and maybe even a Pappadeaux's.


User currently offlineABQ747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5990 times:

Quoting Airplanelover (Thread starter):
ABQ - IAH (June 5th)
Continental Airlines Flight 1474

I will be on Flight 1474 on Monday, May 21st.  Smile



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User currently offlineBN727flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5927 times:

As others have said, a 31 minute connection may be tight... but it's very do-able if you are not delayed inbound from ABQ on the 5th. I much prefer connecting on CO via IAH than, say, AA at DFW... and I've made plenty of connections through both facilities... but in my experience, things simply seem to flow a bit more smoothly through IAH on CO than they do through DFW on AA.

Enjoy your stay in ABQ and let us know how you did when you get back to PIT.


User currently offlineBNAtraveler From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 410 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5887 times:
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Connecting at IAH is indeed a breeze *UNLESS* you are connecting from an inbound flight that arrives at the dreaded B84. In that case, you'll have to wait for the ghetto bus to come to your hardstand and take you in to the bus terminal called B84. Often times, you wait and wait at the plane for some reason.

User currently offlineXJET From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 491 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5853 times:

You shouldn't have a problem. Looking at the flight numbers.....they are all mainline flights. So you won't have to get on a train to get to terminal B. You should only have to worry about C/E. There are a lot of domestic flights in E, but you will probably be in terminal C. In that case, it won't be a problem at all.

User currently offlineIahflyr From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5835 times:

All good information and true......but Lincoln is certainly correct with respect to the gates......you think you're right near the connecting gate only to find out instead you're on the other side of the airport, so DON'T bet on the gate printed on your boarding pass you printed at home, check it.

It would be very good for you to go here http://www.continental.com/web/en-US...ntent/travel/airport/maps/iah.aspx learn the layout of the airport, look at the above ground train from E to C as an alternative to hoofing it if your inbound gate is say in the E12-E24 area and you are leaving from C21 as an example....that train station is a really quick walk and dumps you off right on the north side of Terminal C.

Another thing to keep in mind, connection or not, CO is very good at wanting to get out of town on time so you'll find they are shutting the aircraft door and ready to go sometimes 10 minutes early.......so get to the gate quickly....they'll know your inbound flight is on the ground and will most likely the agent will be ready for you to get onboard if the flight is on schedule.

Enjoy your trip, let us know how it works out.  Smile



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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5765 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5709 times:

Dude,
rip out the airport terminal guide in the Continental magazine on your first flight. Take it with you, hold it in your hand, look at the boards, establish your connecting gates, and walk quickly. I did a 31-minute connection at IAH for Thanksgiving, and made it fine. And that was at Thanksgiving!


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