CIDFlyer
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Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:31 am

Just checking on a flight from CID-PNS and two options came up,

one on AA thru DFW that would have a connection time of 43 minutes,
the other is on DL thru ATL with a connection time of 41 minutes. The plus side is I could get to PNS around 10am or so, the down side is do these connection times seem to be pushing it?

My question is: do either of the connection times seem doable??
 
srbmod
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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:59 am

For DL, it would depend on where the flights are operating in and out of. CID is a Delta Connection route, so that flight will be coming it to either Concourse C or D. And the DL flight will be probably be out of A, at least based on what DL's site shows DL 1679 today operated out of gate A-1. 41 minutes is a close connection, even for ATL. It may take 15-20 minutes to make it from C or D to A depending on the crowds (both concourses are notorious for overcrowding due to their narrowness), plus there's always a chance your CID-ATL flight could be delayed (this is ASA we're talking about). ASA operates a ATL-PNS flight about 2 hours after the mainline one, so if you do choose to fly via ATL, perhaps you should look at that flight.

As for AA and DFW, haven't never flown on them (all of my flights that transit DFW have been on FL), I know about as much as you do (not knowing AA's DFW operations is why I didn't fly on them to LAS, even though it was cheaper than FL).
 
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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:17 am

DFW is a big airport, and connections aren't always as easy as they seem. I won't accept a connection at any airport, especially DFW, if it's less than 1.5 hours. I prefer 2 hours when possible.

At DFW you should remember that just because you land on time doesn't mean you'll get to the gate on time. I've had instances on AA at DFW where it took 15 minutes or more to get to the gate.

Good luck.
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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:30 am

41 minutes is adequate for ATL - 5 minute walk from the farthest C/D gate to the midpoint, 2 minute tram ride at most, followed by another 5 minute walk to the farthest A/B gate. I would tend to think the PNS flight would go out of B, just as it seems more MD-80s go out of B than A (A is a lot more 738/757/767), but it varies by day really.

As for DFW, 43 minutes is close but doable. I believe all Eagle flights are now in B, so it's all the same terminal, which is a 15 minute walk. Keep in mind that airlines do build taxi time into flight schedules, so if in fact Eagle is all in B, I'd say you can go for that one. If they still operate in the A satellite though, then it's pushing it, as you have to take a bus to the main terminal, then take AirTrain to B. I've done a 40 minute DFW connection though from A9 to C14 or so walking (in the days before AirTrain) - it's possible, you just can't take your sweet time - you gotta move and move people as necessary.

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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:09 am

43 minutes is plenty of time at DFW nowadays with the Skylink in place. Just hop on that if its far off. Remember if the itinerary you are given by an airline, means you should technically be able to make connection. It's garanteed. So the airline is still responsible if its late. Otherwise they usually shouldn't even give you the choice.

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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:19 am

connections are easy at DFW with the skylink and the closing of the sattelite terminal. You'll be fine at DFW with that connection time.

Too bad NW doesn't serve CID to MEM.
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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:59 am

Thank you everyone for the input!

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 5):
Too bad NW doesn't serve CID to MEM.

I would LOVE that, most of my miles are with NW, and MEM airport is so easy to connect in!
 
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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 4:26 am

at DFW:

With the introduction of the Skylink, the gates farthest apart can be linked in 10 minutes max (I think they advertised 8 minutes somewhere), and since its bi-directional, it is really easy. As said, chances are, both of your flights will go in and out of the B terminal, which should make life easy.

At ATL you run the risk of a delay coming out of CID, due to weather or traffic at ATL, but on the same side, your flight might be delayed leaving ATL.

I prefer DFW, because I think transiting the terminals is easier with the Skylink.

I've done 35 minute connections at DFW before, with no problems. In fact, they hadn't even begun boarding by the time I got there, and the flight was on time.

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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 4:33 am

43 minutes at DFW is more than enough-as long as you're not going from AA to DL etc. But you will be fine
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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 5:33 am

Quoting AA61Hvy (Reply 8):
43 minutes at DFW is more than enough-as long as you're not going from AA to DL etc. But you will be fine

Doesn't matter what airlines you are connecting to/from, Skylink serves all terminals. It's just as fast to go from C to E (AA to DL) as C to A (AA only).
 
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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 7:18 am

Quoting DeltaFFinDFW (Reply 9):
Doesn't matter what airlines you are connecting to/from, Skylink serves all terminals. It's just as fast to go from C to E (AA to DL) as C to A (AA only).

My apologies, you are exactly right. I must have had a brain fart!
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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 7:53 am

Quoting CIDflyer (Reply 6):
I would LOVE that, most of my miles are with NW, and MEM airport is so easy to connect in!

I certainly agree. I fly NW through MEM a lot.

Knowing that Worldperks is your preferred FF account, I would go with DL so you can get miles credited to Worldperks. I think you would have enough time to connect in ATL, IMO.

Also DL has several ATL-PNS flights... since you are leaving early in the day there is virtually no chance you'll get stuck in ATL for too terribly long if for some reason your first flight is delayed.

Hope you enjoy the coast.
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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:12 am

Both of your flights will probably be out of C in DFW. 43 minutes should be enough to go from one to the other plane, even if it is in A just use Skylink
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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:17 am

Quoting CIDflyer (Reply 6):
I would LOVE that, most of my miles are with NW, and MEM airport is so easy to connect in!

Like Ejmmsu said I would also take the ATL way. Build miles and visit a great airport at the same time, what more could you ask for!  bigthumbsup 

Besides DL throws oodles of frequency on just about any route out of ATL so if you do miss your flight you still have many others to choose from!

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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:27 am

Quoting ATLFlyer323 (Reply 13):
Build miles and visit a great airport at the same time, what more could you ask for!   

And enjoy being 20th in line for takeoff "just because"
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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:35 am

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 14):
And enjoy being 20th in line for takeoff "just because"

SSSSHHHHH.....besides dont you love watching the same 2 airlines take off plane after plane  tongue 

But seriously with the opening of the 5th runway and DL debanking (Is that the right word?) their schedule waiting time at ATL is not bad at all!

~Brandon
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RE: Connection Times For ATL & DFW

Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:39 am

Quoting Saxman66 (Reply 4):
43 minutes is plenty of time at DFW nowadays with the Skylink in place.

I agree, I was there a couple weeks ago and had only 30 mins to connect from terminal D to terminal C and had no problem. Have a nice trip!

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