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Old 25 Sep 20, 10:42 AM  
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Is 1hr 50 minutes enough time to change at Atlanta, looking at this rather than direct as price is considerably different. Flying Manchester to MCO in the summer holidays.
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Old 25 Sep 20, 10:51 AM  
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It's a bit on the short side if there are any delays.

I would be looking for 3 hours
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Old 25 Sep 20, 11:34 AM  
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It would be too short for me.

If your incoming flight is on time and immigration lines not too bad, you will be fine. It depends on how much contingency you want to build in.
I would rarely book a connection under 4 hours as it is simply too stressful and a real pain if you miss it. To me it is worth building in another couple go hours.
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Old 25 Sep 20, 11:47 AM  
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I would take that connection for some US airports but I tend to find Atlanta takes longer than usual and would be concerned about the time.

That said, the connection is likely to change again before you actually fly (as airlines continue to reroute and reschedule in these unusual times) so Id be inclined to book it anyway.
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Old 25 Sep 20, 11:55 AM  
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I connected in Atlanta last year. Although 1hour 50 would have been enough time, we were very lucky with a non existent immigration queue and any easy transfer through the airport to a different concourse. We had 2.5 hours and made it with plenty of time but did a lot of reading about connecting in Atlanta in preparation for our indirect flight last year and lots of people had had terrible queues in immigration and been there for 2 hours queueing. Luck of the draw. If you aren't bothered about potentially missing your connecting flight and having to wait for a later flight or worse case flight the next day then go for the cost saving.
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Atlanta is HUGE... I am infamous for cutting it fine and I transit there often but I would say that is too tight.
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It's plenty of time, we did it with 45 minutes and that was with 2 children age 4 and 7 and grandparents due to flight been changed from MCO to Atlanta. Crew on MCO flight were brilliant found out what gate we needed and it was straight off the plane on the train to the right terminal and straight onto plane. No need to collect bags or go through immigration, it does sound like that may have changed now but we didn't and if we had flown this year flight was altered and thing we was down to an hour.

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It's plenty of time, we did it with 45 minutes and that was with 2 children age 4 and 7 and grandparents due to flight been changed from MCO to Atlanta. Crew on MCO flight were brilliant found out what gate we needed and it was straight off the plane on the train to the right terminal and straight onto plane. No need to collect bags or go through immigration, it does sound like that may have changed now but we didn't and if we had flown this year flight was altered and thing we was down to an hour.
Sounds like this was the return leg - in that case no bags or immigration and 45 minutes - 1 hour may be fine.
But on the way out you will need to collect and recheck bags, and go through immigration. Id be looking at 2-3 hours layover at Atlanta, its a big airport.
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Originally Posted by Princess104 View Post
It's plenty of time, we did it with 45 minutes and that was with 2 children age 4 and 7 and grandparents due to flight been changed from MCO to Atlanta. Crew on MCO flight were brilliant found out what gate we needed and it was straight off the plane on the train to the right terminal and straight onto plane. No need to collect bags or go through immigration, it does sound like that may have changed now but we didn't and if we had flown this year flight was altered and thing we was down to an hour.
It depends if you are arriving or leaving. It sounds like you were on your way home so no immigration. On your way into the USA you will have to do immigration unless you are flying from Dublin.


We have been through Atlanta, Its absolutely fine and I would do it again but Id want longer than 1 45. There are plenty of restaurants so Id go for 3+ hours and get something to eat if we are through quickly.
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We changed there once, years ago to get to Myrtle Beach, we had 3 hours and we ended up having to run to the second gate, we just made it. You may be fine but it would be too stressful for me.
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