I fly BRU
almost each month........the hour connection time is rather tight, especially since your friend in not a US citizen. If his flight arrives in EWR
a couple of minutes late, and/or there are lines at immigration (usually there are lines, not terrible, but sometimes a few minutes wait) and he is checking-in baggage which must be reclaimed at EWR
, walked through customs (hopefully he wont be stopped), and re-checked, he will have a problem. Lastly, he must re-clear security before getting back into the departure area and get to his gate for the MCO
flight (the CO
terminal at EWR
is rather big with long walkways to the gates). The CO
flights from Europe arrive in groups, if the GLA
flight gets in before many of the other arrive - I looked, GLA
gets in at 1140, its one of the first arrivals, it should be OK
, if your friend misses his 1240 connex, there is a 753 departure @ 1425 and another 753 departure @1520, thus lots of seats on alternative flights.
I am a US citizen, I have done EWR
connections in 25-30 minutes when te BRU
flight has gotten into EWR
late........but that is with a lot of running and not checking in baggage, and knowing my way around the CO
terminal very, very well.
To put it shortly, an hour is OK
if everything goes exactly according to plan, if there is any problem, he will miss his connection. The good news is that CO
has frequent flights between EWR
and the system will simply rebook him on the next flight if he misses his connection.......all he needs to do is go to a service rep or put his card into a CO
machine in the terminal and pick up a new boarding pass, its really that simple. Thus, I would keep the current schedule, hope for the best......and if things dont go right, its not such a big deal and be prepared to fly on the following flight.....if your friend has people meeting him at MCO
(or time specific hotel/car rez), he should let the concerned parties know that there is a good chance he will arrive in MCO
on the later flight.