vingt20cent
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Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sat Mar 24, 2007 5:16 am

I'm planning to fly from NYC to MTY via IAH or DFW. Before booking with CO or AA, is there anything that I should consider with these 2 airports.

I have never been to either airport, and am just a bit worried about terminal changes etc.

Thanks in advance.

V.
 
iahflyer
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sat Mar 24, 2007 5:25 am

In my opinion, IAH is better because it is more compact. Also if weather come into play, I believe IAH also has more connections. Also if into spotting, try to get into IAH at around 1pm, and jet over to D for some cool shots.
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sat Mar 24, 2007 5:34 am

I haven't been to IAH in about 8 years but having travelled recently through DFW several times over the past few years I cna tell you with the new skylink train that serves every terminal DFW is very easy to connect through. The new terminal D is really neat too with many shops and restaurants.
 
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:33 am

I don't connect through IAH or DFW, as I live/work in both cities, but I do use them often.

The only advantage (in my opinion) that I can confer to IAH is that CO does have 9 daily IAH departures to MTY, so if you're worried about misconnecting, that is nice.

AA has 5 daily departures from DFW. While both airports have new international terminals, DFW's is nicer by far. So depending on how long your layover is, there is much more to do (in terms of shopping, dining, etc.) in a nicer environment at DFW. Connecting at DFW, as mentioned previously, is also a breeze thanks to the new Skylink people mover.

http://www.dfwairport.com/transport/connect.html
 
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:53 am

I have been through both of them a dozen times or more.
You'll be fine either way.
IAH is much smaller, but the SkyLink train at DFW now mitigates the airport's ginormous size.

Airline choice, on the other hand.............. I'd fly CO.
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The only recommendation I'd actually make to you is that you give yourself adequate connection time. When coming in and going through customs, you never know what's going to happen anywhere. Texas (home sweet home) gets plenty of big thunderstorms during the summer months. I'd book 2 hours layover each way.

That said, I made a domestic connection at IAH in 31 minutes.
 
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sat Mar 24, 2007 7:12 am

You cant go wrong with either airport in my opinion. Both are STELLAR!!! DFW used to be crap, but now I really like it now. In my opinion of all the airports I have been to, IAH feels the most "professional". DFW is definately the busiest airport and the largest. IAH is just slightly more favorable considering there are more flights. However I love both airports.  Big grin
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ikramerica
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sat Mar 24, 2007 8:36 am

Most MTY flights from IAH are on ERJ aircraft, and thus you will depart via Terminal B. Your NYC flight will arrive Terminal C or E. Thus, you will have to connect between terminals, and though there is a skytrain and a bus, it can actually be quite a walk to get to from certain gates.

Returning, I think the ERJ flights come into Terminal D gates and then they move the plane, so on your return, you'd clear customs in the new facility, and then be closer to your connection back to NYC if it was from Terminal E, but a LONG walk to the connection if it's in Terminal C.

There is one MTY flight a day that I can see that is a 737-500, and this would arrive in Terminal E.

If you decide to go CO, your flight will be better if you try to get on that 735. Flight number 574/775.

And there are also some 767s that run EWR to IAH, which have PTVs, so that might be a connection to look at too.
Flights 49 and 63 going south, and 40 and 152. CO775 has a legal connection with both 762 retrun flights, so you could do 735+762 on the return if you don't mind getting up early. CO775 should arrive into E and CO40 and CO152 should depart from Terminal E.

I'm not a big DFW fan, as even this new skytrain doesn't have so many stops that you won't have to walk a LONG way depending on your gate. That's always been the problem with DFW. Designed for airplanes and O&D traffic, not for connections, but is used as a mega-hub.

Either way, both airports are nice enough, but you have the possibility of mega-hikes to connect, or you could get lucky and not have much of a walk at all.

I like to walk. I don't like to carry heavy stuff long distances, so my advice is to make sure your carry on has wheels or is very light. And then, have fun.

And have some BBQ at the airports. AA has Dicky's, and CO has another franchise, and both are pretty darn tasty if you like roasted meats...  

Oh, and as for service, CO is better domestically.

[Edited 2007-03-24 01:38:46]
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:00 pm

DFW in my opinion is a nicer airport especially with the skylink. But what are you looking for? What are your paremeters?
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sat Mar 24, 2007 1:58 pm

I can concur with the other posters about DFW. I have worked out of this airport for the last 10 years. It used to be REAL inconvenient to transfer between terminals due to the old and slow TRAAIN system that only connected you to AA terminals and gates. God Forbid if you had to connect between two different airlines!

All that has changed with the introduction of the new fast Skylink system. Unparalleled views of such an enormous airport with a "bird's eye" view of ramp operations as they happen. The new Terminal D is impressive and is nice to walk through if you have some extra time to explore.

I have only been to IAH one time in my life (a good experience) but I cannot offer a detailed opinion of that airport.
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:13 am

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 6):
for service, CO is better domestically

I would agree.

As mentioned earlier, IAH has much better options to MTY, for me that reason alone I would select IAH and CO. As far as the terminal building, Ikramerica is right on the money with his post....except for

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 6):
Returning, I think the ERJ flights come into Terminal D gates and then they move the plane, so on your return, you'd clear customs in the new facility, and then be closer to your connection back to NYC if it was from Terminal E, but a LONG walk to the connection if it's in Terminal C.

If you had to get to Terminal C for your connect, when coming out of the immigration area in Terminal E, go through security and make a right turn, then 50 yds or so another right turn up the escalator or elevator to the above ground train to Terminal C.....it drops you off on the northside of Terminal C and takes all of about 3 minutes to get there including waiting for the train to arrive at the Terminal D/E station.

I've flown on CO40 a few times in the last 6 months and it has been mostly from Terminal E, however once it was at C14 on the northside of the terminal.......either way CO and IAH is how I'd make my trip.
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:28 am

I see that nobody is pining over the loss of the trAAin at DFW?
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sun Mar 25, 2007 3:17 am

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 10):
I see that nobody is pining over the loss of the trAAin at DFW?

trAAin was more like a carnival ride than a people mover. I would hear people complain that it hurt their backs when they rode it. It sucked. Skylink is a dream!!! Its because of skylink (and Terminal D) that I think DFW is one of the nicer airports around now.
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sun Mar 25, 2007 3:39 am

I just flew SAN to BNA connecting through DFW. We parked at Terminal D and left from I think terminal A. I wandered through terminal D, which was just wonderful, then took the skylink train all the way around to terminal A. Fantastic views of the ramps and runways -- one of the best vantage points I've ever seen for plane spotting. Watching all those AA 777 line up and roar off down the runway was a treat. On the way home, the LH 34 was taxiing. Really enjoyed DFW.
 
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sun Mar 25, 2007 6:56 am

I've never been to IAH but DFW is one of my favorite airports. The skylink is truely the best monerail that I've ever rode at an airport. I will be connecting there on April 9th EWR-DFW-LAX. EWR-DFW on a 757, DFW-LAX on a 763.
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:09 am

I've used them both extensively. The DFW Skylink train is very convenient where each gate is within 8 gates of a train station, and it is fast, dependable, and offers the best views of the ramp of DFW. You are 50' in the air above the ramp, looking down into the cockpits of the planes.

IAH has more interesting traffic, and as others have mentioned, is more compact and easier to walk from one end to another. I do love IAH as well. One thing however--the worst part of IAH is the Continental Express terminal B. I have had gate changes that involve 15 minute walks with no transportation provided. If you can avoid Continental Express, then IAH is a very manageable airport. IAH's Terminal E is on par with DFW's Terminal D in both their huge spaces, modern shops and restaurants. Term D at DFW is bigger, however. And, if you end up on an American Eagle flight, their facilities outclass Contienental Expresses by far.

Personally, I prefer IAH over DFW just for plane spotting opportunities. IAH gets better international air service and the area is "prettier" with the East Texas pine forest giving it a better atmosphere than DFW's concrete on the plains.

Anyway, I would do either. I do work for one of the two carriers, so, based on that, I say go via DFW  Big grin
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:26 pm

I would not worry too much about connecting in IAH, even if you need to go to Terminal B. As other posters have mentioned, take the TerminaLink train, and you'll get there in minutes. There are stops at Terminal D/E, C, and B. It's a short trip with nice views.

On the way back from MTY, your flight will likely park at Terminal D if you're on the ERJ, or Terminal E if you managed to catch one of the 737s. Depending on what time of day it is, customs/immigration, baggage re-check, and security screening usually go pretty quickly. When I connected CCS-IAH-AUS (arriving in Houston around 1:30 before the big Euro flights), I made it through the whole process in 14 minutes, then had plenty of time to walk to my gate in Terminal E. People complain about IAH being a walking nightmare, but with the TerminaLink in E/D/C/B it's a breeze. You'll likely have plenty of time to window spot, and there's almost always something interesting to look at at IAH.

That all said, the airside train at DFW is something to behold. I still vote for IAH, as that is my primary airport of choice, but riding the train at DFW is pretty darn cool. Excellent views, complete roundtrip- it's nice. I wouldn't choose based on the train views, but it's a plus.

Either way, have a nice trip, and if you come through Houston, enjoy IAH and Continental.

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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:00 pm

Quoting Lear777 (Reply 15):
There are stops at Terminal D/E, C, and B. It's a short trip with nice views.

It is not always a short trip.

If you arrive at E5 and depart B70, for example. I've had this happen more than once. In fact, on one trip I just happened to arrive B69, leave E5 and then on the return, arrive E5 and leave B70! Terminalink is not exactly convenient for this situation.

Then of course another time, I've arrived E21 and left E22, so it's hit or miss.
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:01 pm

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 16):
Terminalink is not exactly convenient for this situation.

No Terminalink isn't at that point. I'd come out of that wing E5 is on, turn left and walk to the south side of Terminal C and either hope the bus near the Pres. Club or walk into the main lobby of the terminal and go to the north side to catch the Terminalink to Terminal B......that should take no more than 10 minutes at a lazy walk.
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vingt20cent
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:34 pm

Thanks for all your replies!

I was considering flying Business class from LGA - MTY. Any recommendations - CO vs. AA? I'm purposely choosing flights that give me at least a good 2 hours to spend some time at either IAH or DFW. (o.k. - it's pretty obvious that this will be the 1st time that I'll be NOT flying economy!)

What are we thinking of their products? The chances are that I would take a 737 with CO or a MD80 with AA?

Thanks in advance!

V.
 
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RE: Connecting @ IAH Or DFW

Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:35 pm

CO from my perspective.
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