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Connection Times On UA At IAD

Sun Dec 14, 2003 5:01 pm

Hey everyone,

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!  Smile

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RE: Connection Times On UA At IAD

Sun Dec 14, 2003 6:25 pm

In the states that is most likely fine, you must be on UA I would imagine if flying via IAD! Go to there web site and they should have a section on minimum connect you can check.
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RE: Connection Times On UA At IAD

Sun Dec 14, 2003 7:04 pm

I had to run at IAD once coming from MCO going to LHR, I believe the connection time was around 40 minutes and we left MCO late. Got down to the int'l gates in plenty of time. Have a good trip!

Have a great day!  Smile
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RE: Connection Times On UA At IAD

Mon Dec 15, 2003 1:35 am

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.
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RE: Connection Times On UA At IAD

Mon Dec 15, 2003 2:04 am

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  Smile


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RE: Connection Times On UA At IAD

Mon Dec 15, 2003 6:06 pm

thanks for your replies everyone...
Couple more things...

SO what if my flights running late from Miami and I miss my connection to JFK (considering its the last flight from IAD to JFK/ EWR etc)....
What are my options? Who takes responsibility?

Any other thoughts/ comments about 45 minutes connection time?

(and yeah Luv2fly, It's United)

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