Will I make my connecting flight?
November 30, 2012 4:03 PM Subscribe
I'm flying from the Birmingham (AL) airport to the Manchester (UK) airport next Friday, with a connecting flight at ATL. There will only be 53 minutes between my first flight arriving at ATL and my second flight departing. What are the chances I'll miss my second flight?
posted by littlegreen to travel & transportation (18 answers total)
A few weeks ago, I booked a flight on Delta between Birmingham (AL) and Manchester via Kayak, with a 53-minute layover at Atlanta. I'm worried about the chances of missing my second flight, particularly as it's the only flight to Manchester on that day.
I called Delta to doublecheck that the connecting time is legal, and the guy I spoke to said that it is (and that I'd have to pay a fee to change it), but he also gave the impression that I can't be confident of making the flight. For those who know the layout of ATL, my first flight is likely to land at Terminal A, whilst the second will probably take off from Terminal E.
I assume I'll go through all the security etc. at Birmingham, and my suitcase should be checked all the way through, so that will save some time. (I'm a UK citizen, if that's relevant.) That said, there's always a chance my first flight will be delayed, and I know that international flights are supposed to close 30mins before departure. If I don't make the flight, I'm pretty sure the next direct ATL-MAN flight is 24 hours later.
So, although I'll be dependent on my inbound flight arriving on time (& my outbound flight not departing early), what are the chances I'll make the second flight? What (if anything) can I do to maximise my chances? And, if I get unlucky and don't manage to make it, what can I do to minimise the repercussions? Any other advice would also be more than welcome!