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Minimum Connection Transfer Time at New York (JFK): The Definitive Thread

Minimum Connection Transfer Time at New York (JFK): The Definitive Thread

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According to EF these are the MCTs for JFK:
DL to DL Connections
  • D-D: 35 minutes if not changing terminals, 40 minutes if changing from T2 to T4 or vice versa.
  • D-I: 45 minutes if not changing terminals, 50 minutes if changing from T2 to T4 or vice versa, 55 minutes if connecting to HAV.
  • I-D: 1 hour 25 minutes except: 1 hour if coming from Ireland, AUA, BDA, FPO, or NAS; 1 hour 55 minutes if coming from HAV. Note if you're coming from a Canadian airport with preclearance, it's considered a domestic flight and the D-D times above apply.
  • I-I: 1 hour 25 minutes except: 1 hour if coming from Ireland, AUA, BDA, FPO, or NAS. Note if you're coming from a Canadian airport with preclearance, it's considered a domestic flight and the D-I times above apply.
DL to/from AF
  • DL to AF, D-I: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • DL to AF, I-I: 2 hours
  • AF to DL, I-D: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • AF to DL, I-I: 2 hours
DL to/from KL
  • DL to KL, D-I: 45 minutes from T4, 50 minutes from T2
  • DL to KL, I-I: 1 hour 25 minutes from T4, 1 hour 30 minutes from T2
  • KL to DL, I-D: 1 hour 25 minutes from T4, 1 hour 30 minutes from T2
  • KL to DL, I-I: 1 hour 25 minutes from T4, 1 hour 30 minutes from T2
DL to/from VS:
  • DL to VS, D-I: 45 min if arriving into T4, 1 hour if arriving into T2
  • DL to VS, I-I: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • VS to DL, I-D: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • VS to DL, I-I: 1 hour 25 minutes
Other connections
LA to DL: 3 hours 30 minutes

Generic online and offline:
D-D: 1 hour
D-I: 1 hour 15 minutes
I-D: 1 hour 45 minutes
I-I: 2 hours
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Old Aug 10, 02, 12:03 pm
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Minimum Connection Transfer Time at New York (JFK): The Definitive Thread

I've mapped out a trip involving a change at JFK from Delta to CSA. The connection time is 1hr 40 min, on a Saturday afternoon-evening, but since this is an award trip I don't want to run into a chance of missing the JFK-PRG flight and having to fight for a later flight.

I see from the JFK website that both DL and OK are in Terminal 3. Has anyone made this connection, and is 1hr 40 min enough for any baggage, immigration, etc. tasks?
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Old Aug 10, 02, 12:24 pm
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You should have no problem whatsoever assuming inbound is ontime.
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Old Aug 10, 02, 6:00 pm
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DL does the ground handling for OK, so you should have no problem.
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Old Mar 19, 03, 12:43 pm
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SAA to DL connection time at JFK

I know SAA and Delta are in the same terminal at JFK but is slightly more than an hour enough time to connect after coming in from an international flt? It's a supposedly legal connection time but I don't want to lose our 3 BE seats for the flt back to LAX! Thanks
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Old Mar 19, 03, 1:50 pm
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The three times I've been on this flight it has arrived at least 45 minutes early due to a quick turn-around on the refueling stop. This is not to say that this will always happen. Also, the early morning has, in my experience, been a pretty slow time in the Int'l terminal. I think you'll be fine.
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Old Mar 19, 03, 4:31 pm
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From personal experience, let me second the opinion that there is virtually no incoming traffic in the Delta terminal at JFK that time of morning, so I don't think you'll have a problem. Plus, also from personal observation, loads on the SAA flights JNB-JFK are much lighter than those to ATL (only around 125 people earlier this month JNB-JFK), so you won't likely have a full 747 to compete with.
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Old Feb 3, 05, 1:55 pm
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JFK connection-- how tight?

Hello, I am booked on a flight in a few weeks from BOS-JFK-FCO... As it currently stands, delta put me on a 3:30PM flight out of BOS arriving at JFK at 4:42 PM. The connecting flight to FCO departs at 5:45 PM.

Delta considers this a legal connection. Is this too tight a connection, or will it be fine? I don't know offhand what terminal the flights are in an out of.

I've had to run to catch flights in the past, but I just want to know if I should consider trying to change the flight into JFK.

Thanks
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Old Feb 3, 05, 2:20 pm
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I would try and go earlier if you can since there is only 1 DL fight a day to FCO, wouldn't want to chance it.
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Old Feb 3, 05, 2:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Aircfo
Hello, I am booked on a flight in a few weeks from BOS-JFK-FCO... As it currently stands, delta put me on a 3:30PM flight out of BOS arriving at JFK at 4:42 PM. The connecting flight to FCO departs at 5:45 PM.

Delta considers this a legal connection. Is this too tight a connection, or will it be fine? I don't know offhand what terminal the flights are in an out of.

I've had to run to catch flights in the past, but I just want to know if I should consider trying to change the flight into JFK.

Thanks
The flight before that is DL5704 which departs at 12:26 and arrives at 1:38. Hopefully the weather will be ok and your 3:30 flight leaves on time. You really don't have many options unless you switch to that earlier flight and kill a few hours at JFK.
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Old Feb 3, 05, 2:56 pm
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No Problem

I agree that you should have no problem navigating the terminals at JFK, even in the worst case, if you are a bit late, and dragging a rollaboard and have to get between 2 and 3, it's just a long corridor. No buses, trams or anything.

Should be no problem.

Now if it was an hour on the reverse trip, with customs and baggage claim - no way!

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Old Feb 3, 05, 6:49 pm
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thanks for the responses. I thought it would be fine too, but when there are only so many flights, it's best to know for sure. I'm very much looking forward to the trip because i've been to many other cities around Italy except for Rome.

thanks again
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Old Feb 4, 05, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Rssrsvp
The flight before that is DL5704 which departs at 12:26 and arrives at 1:38. Hopefully the weather will be ok and your 3:30 flight leaves on time. You really don't have many options unless you switch to that earlier flight and kill a few hours at JFK.
The other day, I posted a lament on the close connections between BOS and JFK and these flights were the example. Problem is ramp congestion at JFK and the several minutes they kill putting the planeside luggage out. Then a bus ride to the terminal at JFK. It is a lousy connection at best, and a miss if the weather is at all crappy.

There should be a 230 departure from BOS to allow comfy connections to the 530PM JFK Europe bank of flights.
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Old Jul 7, 05, 10:01 pm
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JFK connection and security time question

Hi,
This Tuesday (7/12) my friends will be flying ATL-JFK arriving around 4:20 pm and then connecting JFK-AMS leaving around 6:20 pm. I think it may be the same plane using the same gate in Terminal 2. I was thinking of driving to Kennedy to have a very quick visit with them. Will they have enough time to go into the main terminal for a while and then get back through security to their gate? Would we be able to have a quick meal? How long is the security wait at T2?
Thanks.
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