packcheer
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Minimum ATL Connection Time

Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:50 pm

First: I am an experienced traveler and know what I am doing
Second: I am worried about the things I can not control

I am booking a flight on Delta for Friday September 16th DSM-ATL-CAE

Delta is offering me the first flight of the morning from DSM to ATL, with a 35 minute connection time in ATL.

I have done this flight before... But, in the winter schedule the flight doesn't leave DSM until 6:00am, (leaves at 5:45 or 5:50am summer time) so I had about 10 more minutes to make the connection and it was a RUN to get to the flight.


Chances I make this connection if I book it (the fliglht and running my butt through ATL)?


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HT
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RE: Minimum ATL Connection Time

Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:55 pm

Have you monitored for a couple of days which concourses these flights are using ?
35 minutes is doable at ATL even if having to switch concourses, but a relaxed connection would require some more minutes.
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packcheer
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RE: Minimum ATL Connection Time

Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:17 pm

Excellent though, no I haven't looked at concourses
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RE: Minimum ATL Connection Time

Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:36 pm

Looking at the schedules, you probably ought to opt for the second ATL-CAE flight so the connection is not so close and it gives you a little breathing room in case your DSM-ATL flight is delayed into ATL for some reason. While a 35 minute connection is doable at ATL, if you've got to go more than two concourses, it's going to be close, and you'd have to hit the train exactly right and not have to stand around a few minutes for the next train.
 
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RE: Minimum ATL Connection Time

Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:08 pm

Also, flights to and from CAE tend to be really full, so I wouldn't count on being able to grab a seat on the next one - or two or three or four - flights if you misconnect.
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AlnessW
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RE: Minimum ATL Connection Time

Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:48 pm

Be prepared - That's the boy scout's marching song!  

35 minutes sounds way too close to me. I've never attempted that tight a connection before (seeing as I'd have checked bags that need to transfer, etc), but be prepared! Anything could happen, including a flight delay coming into ATL which could cause you to miss your connection entirely. I wouldn't take any chances, if I were you.

Just my two cents.
 
packcheer
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RE: Minimum ATL Connection Time

Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:53 am

Thanks guys, I used to live by CAE so I'm quite used to the CAE-ATL-CAE flights being crazy full. You have all answered like I thought you would. Second flight it is!
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AlnessW
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RE: Minimum ATL Connection Time

Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:14 am

Quoting packcheer (Reply 6):
Thanks guys, I used to live by CAE so I'm quite used to the CAE-ATL-CAE flights being crazy full. You have all answered like I thought you would. Second flight it is!

You are welcome! Hope you have a great trip.   

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