VivaGunners
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Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:38 pm

Hi all,
I would be arriving on the AF flight from CDG on 26th of July, scheduled arrival time 520p.
Do you think I will have enough time to catch the DL evening flight to SAV? Dep. time 820p.

Please consider I must check-in for the second flight.

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RE: Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:41 pm

That is more than enough time. Hell, you might even want to consider same-day-standbying on the earlier 630p flight if you'd like to. I think you'd probably make that, considering most TATL historically arrive a little early. But by no means book the 630p flight.
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RE: Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:43 pm



Quoting VivaGunners (Thread starter):
Please consider I must check-in for the second flight.

If it's all booked on one ticket, you won't need to check in again.

I'd be inclined to say that 3 hours is enough at that time. 1720 is well after most of the European flights arrive, and while the non-citizen immigration lines can be very bad earlier in the afternoon, you probably won't wait more than 45 minutes. Customs and security will be pretty quick, and if you need to check in, IIRC DL can do that in the basement of E (but I don't think you'll need to). Bottom line: I wouldn't worry about it. Obviously, if AF is delayed, all bets are off, but even with an hour delay you should be all right.

There's also a flight to SAV that leaves somewhere in the 2230-2300 area, so if need be they can accommodate you on that.
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RE: Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:46 pm

You should be fine. I've never flown AF into ATL but even if it takes you an hour to clear customs and get your bags, 2 hours will still be more than plenty of time. The worst I've had at ATL from the time I entered the queue at check-in, passed through security, and arrived at my gate was about 1.5 hours, and that was the Friday morning of Labor Day weekend. My average at ATL is usually well under an hour from the time I get out of the car (assuming drop off) to when I arrive at the gate.

Heck, a couple of times in two hours we've managed to drop the luggage off at ATL and check-in, drive to Ft. McPherson and park the car there (save $8 or $9 a day for two weeks trips) then ride the MARTA back to ATL, clear security, and arrive at the gate with plenty of time.


In other words, assuming no delays, you'll be more than fine. If you find yourself needing to kill time, go to the Chili's Too in the A-Concourse (up one more level) and request a seat by the window. Allows a great view of Delta ops on the ramp between Concourse A & B.  Smile
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RE: Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:48 pm

3 hrs is more than enough to connect in ATL, especially if you're all skyteam, which is the case, because you'll be checked-in for your entire trip. You even have room for a delay of the CDG-ATL flight !
 
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RE: Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:52 pm



Quoting VivaGunners (Thread starter):
Please consider I must check-in for the second flight.

You should be "checked in" all the way from CDG as you are on two Skyteam airlines.

You will have to clear customs and immigrations, and recheck your baggage (and if you buy any liquid duty free at CDG or on board, you will need to put them in your checked baggage at that point) but three hours is plenty!
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RE: Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:57 pm

More than enough time! Arriving 5:20 immigrations will be crowded, but I don't think I've ever had to wait 30 minutes to get through. It is a 5 minute walk out to the subway train that takes you to the other terminals, and less than 5 minutes to the furthest terminal, and at most, 10 minutes to get to the furthest gate. Add a toilet stop, delays, etc, you should be at your next gate by 6:30.

Also, AF will check you into the Savannah flight (assuming it's Delta) before you even leave Italy, all you have to do is clear customs, and follow the crowds to recheck your luggage, if you are checking anything. If you are flying on AirTran to Savannah, you can print your boarding pass before you leave home.

If you do have a lot of time left, you might wish to buy a day pass into the Delta Crown Room. Its quiet, comfortable, and the wine isn't bad, and it is included in the entry fee. If I'm not mistaken, they are still $25 (16E) and I believe there might actually be showers in some of them. Regardless, buon viaggio, buon volo, e benvenuto negli Stati Uniti!
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RE: Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:35 pm

The day pass is now $30.00. Just bought one while in Fort Lauderdale about 2 hours ago.
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RE: Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:14 am

I travel ATL both domestically and internationally. The most I ever worry about is a 2 hour layover in Atlanta. Even on international flights. I've not waited more than 45 minutes at international customs and passport control. Your check in will actually be inside the international arrivals area. You will not have to go all the way to the terminal. You will have to go through domestic security at the E concorse International terminal. Since you are flying AF and changing to DL on I think a single ticket? then you will be fine. Two hours is more than enough. Likely you will arrive at your departure gate to SAV within 1 hour of arrival from France. Welcome to the US and enjoy SAV!

Even if you do have to travel to bag claim and re-check you only add about 30 minutes on a saturday night.
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RE: Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:48 pm

Thanks a lot for your help, first time to the US for me, so thanks for making me feel welcome!

Actually I will need to check in again for the DL flight to SAV.
I don't have a single ticket as I have to book the SAV flight yet, I decided in a later stage I would go there.

Anyway from what you told me I shold be fine, so I will go and book it, thank you!
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RE: Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:33 pm



Quoting VivaGunners (Reply 9):
Actually I will need to check in again for the DL flight to SAV.
I don't have a single ticket as I have to book the SAV flight yet, I decided in a later stage I would go there.

Even with 2 tickets, AF can probably check you in for the ATL-SAV flight. It's not guaranteed but feasible. For your luggage, no problem, they will tag it until SAV (but you'll still have to collect it in ATL to go through customs and to put it on the belt after clearing customs - but no need to queue in ATL to have it tagged to SAV). So just explain to the AF agent at your departure airport (CDG ?) that you have 2 tickets and show them the e-ticket receipt/itinerary with the dossier references.
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RE: Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Thu May 01, 2008 2:08 am

Remids me of my flight last December, flew in from MDW-ATL one hour late. Come in at Cocourse A, my next flight ATL-YYZ was already boarding at Concourse D. I jumped on the train, got to Concourse D ran across the whole terminal like an idiot to the furthest possible gate, and made it on time right before tehy closed the door Smile All in about 3-5 minutes. That is my only memory of ATL Smile

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RE: Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Fri May 02, 2008 5:36 pm

You'll have enough time to eat and have a couple drinks too - no problem. ATL is IMO one of the best designed airports for quick connections - and you have three hours.
 
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RE: Are 3 Hours Enough For A Transfer In Atlanta?

Sat May 03, 2008 10:25 pm

It should be plenty of time. Delta has a check in desk after you clear immigration before you go through security. I just flew through there the other day. Worked in on my airline then had to check in for a Delta flight. So you don't have to go all the way to the main ticket counter to check in.
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