mortenbaek
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ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:08 pm

Hi everyone. I need a little help in planning my holiday in Florida.

I was looking for cheap flights from CPH to MIA on March 24th with return flight on April 4th and this is what I found outbound:


CPH 10:05am Delta 69
1-stop
Atlanta Delta 75
(1 hr 35 min layover)
MIA 7:00pm

Having never been through ATL before I would like to know if this timetbale is realistic. Do I have the time to get on my DL75 to MIA from ATL with only 1½ hours at hand?

I 'd appreciate any advise.

Morten.
 
william
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:13 pm

I have had a 35minute connection in the ATL. There is a reason its terminal design has been copied the world over,very efficient. A hour and a half is more than enough time, enjoy your flight.
 
contrails15
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:15 pm

Your golden man, no worries. Damn, I've had 20mins for a connection down there and made it. ATL might be huge, but its well designed.
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kaitak
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:15 pm

That should be fine; however, if DL is selling you this as a through ticket, they would have an obligation to put you on the next flight, should their CPH-ATL flight be delayed/diverted. All the more reason to relax and enjoy the trip!

This flight stops/changes plane at JFK, I think; perhaps you could check with them to see if they have a direct JFK-MIA?
 
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:18 pm



Quoting Contrails15 (Reply 2):
Your golden man, no worries. Damn, I've had 20mins for a connection down there and made it. ATL might be huge, but its well designed.

Notice that he is making an International to Domestic connection, so the rules are different.

It should be enough time, but it could get tight if you get caught up in Immigration/Customs. However, it's not the last flight to MIA, so you could take a later flight....though with high loadfactors that is no guarantee.
 
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:30 pm



Quoting FlyPNS1 (Reply 4):
Notice that he is making an International to Domestic connection, so the rules are different.

This is true, but an hour and a half should be fine.
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mortenbaek
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:32 pm

Thanks guys. Just what I needed!
 
mortenbaek
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:37 pm

I have additional question:

Do I, once my flight arrives at ATL, need to recheck my baggage, or will it be sent along to MIA automatically?
 
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:00 pm



Quoting Mortenbaek (Reply 7):
Do I, once my flight arrives at ATL, need to recheck my baggage, or will it be sent along to MIA automatically?

It'll be tagged all the way to MIA at CPH. You'll carry your bags through customs and then there will be a sign for connecting bags. What's supposed to happen (in theory) is that you hand them to someone who places them on the connecting bags belt, but what will more likely happen is that you'll leave them in a pile on the ground with all the other connecting bags (and, despite the apparent chaos, they'll make your connecting flights).
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:03 pm

I just transferred at ATL on 2/7 and 2/10 with a 1 hour 5 minute layover. The first leg of the flight arrived early, but we waited 20 minutes for a gate, so any time advantage disappeared. However, as pointed out, ATL is one of the best US airports for transfer. You won't even break a sweat to get from one terminal to another, very efficient. I'm wondering about Immigration & Customs -- would you have to go through this control at ATL or your final destination, MIA? I don't know the answer, but I thought these steps are taken at the final destination, not at the transfer point.
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mortenbaek
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:53 pm

I was asking myself the exact same question. It'd be a lot easier if I could clear immigrations at MIA. I was thinking that the immigrations line, once I arrive at ATL, might be so long that it would be difficult getting on my flight to MIA...
 
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:33 am

You have to go through Immigration and Customs at your first port of entry, ATL. In my experience, the immigration and customs lines are usually not too bad. Where you might have trouble is getting through security to get back into the ATL terminal. I think 95 minutes will be OK, if nothing goes wrong, but I wouldn't dawdle.
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:42 am

Hey Morten,
As many people have stated, you have to clear customs/immigration in ATL. You will also have to re-check your bags. I have done such international connection in ATL a couple times, and on one occasion, I had to spend nearly 40 min standing in line to re-check the bag (for some reason I couldn't comprehend), and to re-clear security.
I suspect there are frequent flights to MIA from ATL. Do you want to check when the next flight is? Sounds like this is your first trip to ATL, you could kill the extra time by looking around the airport, taking pictures etc  Smile ?
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:24 am

So...
What did you do with your ATL connection for your trip to MIA? Did you keep the 1.5 hours  SmileThere are so many of us 'involved' in this now, you know  Smile !
 
mortenbaek
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:52 pm

Hi. I'm sorry I didn't get back to you guys any sooner.

I decided to go with the 1,5 hours layover at ATL which is now booked. It'll work out great I'm sure. Should it not I trust Delta to put me on their next flight to MIA.

I'll update this thread once the flights are over to let you know how it all went - right now I'm just exited to visit the US again, my first time on the east coast this.

Thanks to everybody for helping out.
 
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RE: ATL 1 Hr 35 Min Layover - Time Enough?

Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:51 pm

Having gone through ATL customs 4 times in the last 2 months, I have to say as busy as the international bank gets, I have still made it through customs and security in about 10 mins. Now you will have to collect your bag, which will take some time, but at 1.5 hours, its plenty of time.

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