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Transfer Time At DCA Term A->C

Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:55 pm

I have looked at the DCA web page as well as I have tried to Google the answer, to no avail;

What is the minimum recommended transfer time from terminal A (AC Jazz from YOW) to Terminal C (US express to RDU) at DCA?

Is it possible to go between the terminals without having to pass security? I am looking at a connection which has just 58 minutes between the flights. It is listed as OK in Amadeus, but doesn't come up when I search in some other search engines - so therefore I am a bit worried if that will work or not.
 
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RE: Transfer Time At DCA Term A->C

Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:11 pm

Quoting jox (Thread starter):
Is it possible to go between the terminals without having to pass security?

I'm not sure. Since each section has separate lines, you may have to go through again. As for the actual time to get between terminals, it really shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes of walking if you hurry a little.
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RE: Transfer Time At DCA Term A->C

Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:55 pm

I don't think that it is possible to transfer at DCA without going through security. I fly out of there a lot, and even though I don't transfer through there, I have seen most of the airport. There is security at the entrance to every terminal. However, the airport is small and getting between the terminals quickly shouldn't be much of an issue. 58 minutes is more than enough time.
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RE: Transfer Time At DCA Term A->C

Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:46 pm

Quoting jox (Thread starter):
Is it possible to go between the terminals without having to pass security?

No, unfortunately. From A you'll have the leave the secure area. However the entire airport isn't very large (it's a pretty short walk to get out of A), so a connection time of an hour is probably OK if nothing goes wrong with your AC Jazz flight.
 
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RE: Transfer Time At DCA Term A->C

Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:26 am

jox, I agree with the response above by MSPNWA.

Once you arrive at DCA from YOW on Air Canada Jazz at Terminal A, you will have to go through Security again at the entrance to the USAirways concourse in Terminal C.

However, keep the following in mind:

Flights to the U.S. from Ottawa pre-clear customs in Ottawa (to the best of my knowledge) so the flight will arrive DCA as a domestic flight.

As mentioned earlier, the airport is not terribly large. The last time I was there, I did not record the amount of time it took to walk from Terminal A to Terminal C but I don't think it would be much more than 20 minutes, so I think a connection time of 58 minutes will probably be sufficient provided your Air Canada Jazz flight is on time.

I hope you enjoy your trip. Terminal A, where you will arrive on Air Canada Jazz, was built around 1970 and was originally called the Northwest/TWA terminal. Some folks affectionately called it the "banjo" concourse because of its shape.

As you walk from Terminal A to Terminal C, you will pass through the lobby of what was the original terminal of Washington National Airport. If you have time, there is a nice photo display on the wall depicting the history of National airport. On the opposite side of the photo wall is the outside observation deck (now closed) but it still provides a nice view of the runway (01/19) and the Potomac River and if you use your imagination you can still see United DC6s DC7s, Capital Viscounts, and Eastern Convairs and Constellations. There is also a small museum on the mezzanine above and in front of the photo wall (on the north end of the lobby). Once you get beyond the original, main lobby, you enter the new terminal. It is shown as Terminals B and C on diagrams, but in reality, it is one terminal with three concourses.

Overall, if your Air Canada Jazz flight arrives on time, a 58 minute connection from Terminal A to Terminal C should be sufficient.

And one last thing, the airport is officially known as Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, but some of us aviation "purists" cringe when we hear that. To me, it will always be known simply as "Washington National Airport," and I cannot bring myself to call it anything else.

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RE: Transfer Time At DCA Term A->C

Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:46 am

Thank you everyone for your answers. I'll guess I will try that connection then.
 
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RE: Transfer Time At DCA Term A->C

Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:17 am

Quoting e38 (Reply 4):
Flights to the U.S. from Ottawa pre-clear customs in Ottawa (to the best of my knowledge) so the flight will arrive DCA as a domestic flight.

Of course it will as DCA does not have any US Customes facilities.

Quoting jox (Reply 5):
I'll guess I will try that connection then.

Plenty of time, do not worry at most a 10-15 minute walk. There is a shuttle too but the walk is short and takes you through the old main terminal. Enjoy the old main terminal for a couple of minutes if your flight is on time while you do the walk. It is pretty nice and on the left there will be a bunch of photographs showing DCA from its start to how it looks now. The security lines at DCA tend to be pretty short I have flown in and out of DCA many times over 40 times and never have waited more then 10mins in security lines any time of year. You should have no problems.
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