Connecting At IAD

Mon May 07, 2001 4:35 pm

I am taking Lufthansa's new Berlin-IAD flight next week and will be connecting from there on to DFW. Having never been at IAD before I was wondering how it is to connect from an international flight. Any tips or things to avoid?

I'm scheduled for an almost 4 hour layover (although the Lufthansa pilots could see to shortening that) and wondered if there are any really good ways to kill that time?

Thanks for your help.

Dave in Berlin
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RE: Connecting At IAD

Tue May 08, 2001 6:36 am

United has a fairly large hub at IAD. I'll be changing planes at IAD in December when I fly MCO-SFO. The terminals are pretty big so walk around and see what's out there. I once spent 4 hours on another layover. But that was at 5 am so I elected to sleep instead of spot...
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RE: Connecting At IAD

Tue May 08, 2001 6:52 am

You'll probably be on a gate in the center of the field and have to be taken to the main terminal for Customs and immigration. Though its not yet peak season, if you get in with other European flights allow up to 2 hours to clear.

Assuming you are on AA for the DFW flight, check back in with AA then get to your gate, again in the centre field area, where there are plenty of windows. Though dark glass is used I've had many great shots through them.
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RE: Connecting At IAD

Tue May 08, 2001 7:09 am

as you may or may not know, IAD uses mobile lounges (buses) to move people between concourses. if you need to get to the C concourse it does not matter if you take the bus to the D one because the C and D are connected. also, there are some pretty weird airlines that fly there (such as ethiopian and gambian millenium air) so keep your eyes peeled.

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RE: Connecting At IAD

Tue May 08, 2001 11:18 am

I was at IAD about 3 weeks ago and I noticed something wierd. The Lufthansa flights to Berlin opperate out of a totally different gate than the Lufthansa flights to Frankfurt. The 2 Frankfurt flights opperate in the same terminal as all of United's (non- Express) flights. Maybe they will have fixed the problem by the time you fly though. I think that the Berlin flight is close to the Midwest Express and American gates. So if you fly American you'll be in luck. If you fly United you might be aswell. Check with Lufthansa to find out.

Cool international airlines that fly to Dulles include: Spanair, Sabena, Swissair, KLM, Virgin, BA, Ethiopian, Saudi Arabian, BWIA, Taca, Korean and ANA and Air Canada. Soon there'll be SAS and British Midland aswell.

It's a nice big clean airport. Really well organized.

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RE: Connecting At IAD

Tue May 08, 2001 11:57 am

Aio86 KLM does not fly into IAD. I wish they do, but unfortunately Northwest is using DC-10-40s on flights Washington - Amsterdam - Dubai or Bombai.

Gambia New Millennium Air was there twice in 1 year

I was lucky to be there and take that shot  Big grin

Also at IAD Luftwafe has military base. You can see there very often Luftwafe A310, Luftwafe Transall. Royal Air Force is flying there also often. If you are lucky you will see RAF VC-10 or RAF L1011 (like this one)

Here you have list of all international flights that coming into IAD:
Flight Origination Scheduled Arrival Time (EDT) Frequency Aircraft Type Flight Information

Ethiopian 573 Addis Ababa (via Rome/Fiumicino and Newark) 8:15 a.m. Mo 767-300
Ethiopian 523 Addis Ababa (via Rome/Fiumicino and Newark) 8:15 a.m. We 767-300
Ethiopian 553 Addis Ababa (via Rome/Fiumicino and Newark) 8:15 a.m. Sa 767-300
Air Canada 344 Toronto 8:42 a.m. ex Su CRJ Air Canada
Air Canada 330 Ottawa 8:44 a.m. ex Sa/Su CRJ Air Canada
Saudi Arabian 35 Riyadh and Jeddah (via New York/JFK) 10:15 a.m. Th 747-400
Saudi Arabian 39 Riyadh (via New York/JFK) 10:15 a.m. Su 747-400
Air Canada 686 Montreal/Dorval 10:30 a.m. Daily CRJ Air Canada
All Nippon 2 Tokyo/Narita 10:45 a.m. Daily 747-400 ANA
Korean Air 93 Seoul 11:45 a.m. Tu/Th/Sa 747-400 Korean Air
Air Canada 332 Ottawa 1:12 p.m. Daily CRJ Air Canada
SAS 923 Copenhagen 1:20 p.m. ex Mo/We 767-300
Lufthansa 416 Frankfurt 1:40 p.m. ex We/Fr A340-300 Lufthansa
Sabena 535 Brussels 1:45 p.m. Daily A330-200
Lufthansa 414 Berlin/Tegel 2:15 p.m. ex Sa A340-300 Lufthansa
Northwest 35 Amsterdam 2:00 p.m. Daily DC-10 Northwest
TACA 582 San Salvador 2:20 p.m. Daily (effective July 1) A320
Air Canada 346 Toronto 2:34 p.m. Daily CRJ Air Canada
Virgin Atlantic 21 London/Heathrow 2:40 p.m. Daily 747-400 Virgin Atlantic
United 921 London/Heathrow 2:55 p.m. Daily 767-300 United
United 951 Brussels 3:00 p.m. Daily 767-300 United
United 915 Paris/Charles de Gaulle 3:05 p.m. Daily 777-200 United
United 917 Frankfurt 3:05 p.m. Daily 777-200 United
Air Canada 690 Montreal/Dorval 3:10 p.m. Daily CRJ Air Canada
United 963 Munich 3:15 p.m. Daily 767-300 United
Austrian 513 Vienna 3:30 p.m. ex Sa A330-200
United 947 Amsterdam 3:30 p.m. Daily 777-200 United
British Airways 217 London/Heathrow 3:35 p.m. Daily 747-400 British Airways
United 1 London/Heathrow 3:35 p.m. Daily 747-400 United
Swissair 128 Zurich 3:35 p.m. Daily A330-200 Swissair
British Midland 701 Manchester 3:45 p.m. ex Tu A330-200
United 971 Milan/Malpensa 3:45 p.m. Daily 767-300 United
Lufthansa 418 Frankfurt 3:45 p.m. Daily 747-400 Lufthansa
United 919 London/Heathrow 3:50 p.m. Daily 777-200 United
Spanair 137 Madrid 3:50 p.m. ex Th 767-300
United 1020 Mexico City 4:07 p.m. Daily A320 United
Aeroflot 317 Moscow/Sheremetyevo 4:30 p.m. Mo/We/Fr 767-300
British Airways 223 London/Heathrow 6:10 p.m. Daily 777-200 British Airways
Air Canada 3280 Toronto 6:31 p.m. ex Sa 737-200 Air Canada
Air Canada 334 Ottawa 7:03 p.m. ex Sa CRJ Air Canada
Air France 26 Paris/Charles de Gaulle 7:05 p.m. Daily 777-200 Air France
United 911 Paris/Charles de Gaulle 7:30 p.m. Daily 777-200 United
United 925 London/Heathrow 7:30 p.m. Daily 777-200 United
United 977 Frankfurt 7:35 p.m. Daily 777-200 United
BWIA 700 Barbados and Port of Spain 8:00 p.m. Mo/Th/Sa 737-800
BWIA 702 Port of Spain and Antigua 8:00 p.m. We/Fr 737-800
Spanair 135 Madrid 8:10 p.m. Th 767-300
TACA 580 San Salvador 8:20 p.m. Daily A320
Air Canada 688 Montreal/Dorval 9:10 p.m. Daily CRJ Air Canada
Air Canada 696 Vancouver 10:10 p.m. Daily A319

Also lots of Biz Jets coming into IAD. You can see there Saudi Arabia Gulfstream G-V. Also Saudi Arabia Gov. A340-200 is very frequent visitor at IAD.

Well, I have one more word for you. IAD is very busy airport. Lots of movement going on there. Easy to connect to another flight.

Enjoy your stay  Smile

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RE: Connecting At IAD

Tue May 08, 2001 1:14 pm

Since you're flying Star Alliance, I'm assuming you're flying UA to DFW. In that case, your connection will probably be in terminal C, but D is also possible. You'll probably arrive at D, but be shuttled to the IAB (International arrivals building) by "mobile lounge." After clearing customs, you'll take a mobile lounge back to the midfield terminal (C or D) where your views will absolutely suck. Unfortunately, C and D are only temporary buildings, and they have few windows. If you do have time, check out the main terminal, or terminal B where the views are much nicer. Beware however, because you'll have to take another two lounges to get from B (to Main) to C/D. That will take a lot of time, so don't miss your connection.

RE: Connecting At IAD

Tue May 08, 2001 3:45 pm

Thanks for all the help. I am flying UA to DFW (737-300) - at least I'll be able to listen to ATC (if I don't fall asleep).

Dave in Berlin
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RE: Connecting At IAD

Tue May 08, 2001 3:48 pm

NW uses DC10-30s on the route, and as far as the unfortunatley goes....well I will keep that to myself. I will have to get to IAD one of these days and see that new Berlin flight go out.

Try and get to the B terminal. That's home to USAirways, Continental, Northwest, Delta, Virgin Atlantic, and Air France and it is very new and much nicer than the C and D terminals.
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RE: Connecting At IAD

Tue May 08, 2001 10:12 pm

DLX C and D are not temporary buildings! They are regular terminals like every other at that airport

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RE: Connecting At IAD

Tue May 08, 2001 11:06 pm

Why don´t you go via FRA? You´d arrive 7 hours earlier (with the departure from TXL 4 hours earlier - 13:20 total as opposed to your 16:13)

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RE: Connecting At IAD

Wed May 09, 2001 1:18 am

C and D terminals were built to be temporary. That doesn't mean they're a bunch of tool sheds slapped together. But, it is in the plans to be replaced with B-style terminals in the next 10 years. I'll need to look up the info again, but that was one of the big plans for the airport, along with two new runways, and a possible subway connecting the midfield concourses.
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RE: Connecting At IAD

Wed May 09, 2001 1:46 am

The moving underground walkway is underconstruciton at IAD and will connect the mainterminal to the B terminal, thus removing the mobile lounges from passengers flying NW, CO, US, VS, DL, AF, ANA and giving these airlines a bit of an edge in convience for passengers.
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RE: Connecting At IAD

Wed May 09, 2001 4:27 am

Accoring to the Washington Airport Authority's site the C/D COncourse was built to be temporary. It will be replaced in the next few years. As far as connecting from an international flight, UAL's map of the airport highlights a section in concourse C for connecting passengers to go through customs in the concourse, and then move on to their connecting flight. It says that only passengers whom are staying in Washington get shuttled to the IAB.


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