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Minimum Connection Transfer Time at Amsterdam (AMS): The Definitive Thread

Minimum Connection Transfer Time at Amsterdam (AMS): The Definitive Thread

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Minimum connection time at AMS
Note: when determining the airline for MCT purposes, what counts is who markets the flight, not who operates it.

Schengen Zone to Schengen Zone, KL-KL: 50 minutes

Schengen Zone to Schengen Zone, KL-DL, DL-KL, or DL-DL: 25 minutes

Schengen Zone to Non-Schengen Zone, KL-KL or KL-DL: 90 minutes

Schengen Zone to Non-Schengen Zone, DL-KL or DL-DL: 50 minutes

Non-Schengen Zone to Schengen Zone, KL-KL or DL-KL: 60 minutes

Non-Schengen Zone to Schengen Zone, KL-DL or DL-DL: 50 minutes

Non-Schengen Zone to Non-Schengen Zone, DL-DL, DL-KL, or KL-DL: 50 minutes

Non-Schengen Zone to Non-Schengen Zone, KL-KL: anywhere from 40 minutes to 2 hours--it depends on the flight numbers and the dates. I've posted the raw output below to help you figure out which MCT will apply.
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 2040 - FLT 4141
KL-KL II .55 FLT 602 - FLT 597 31MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II SUP FLT 1230 - FLT 743 OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 900 - FLT 900 - 1999 OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 904 - FLT 900 - 1999 OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 1382 - FLT 900 - 1999 OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 1386 - FLT 900 - 1999 OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 1396 - FLT 900 - 1999 OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 1614 - FLT 900 - 1999 OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 3086 - FLT 900 - 1999 OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 902 - FLT 900 - 1999 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 1392 - FLT 900 - 1999 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 1394 - FLT 900 - 1999 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 900 - FLT 900 - 1999 31MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 904 - FLT 900 - 1999 31MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 1386 - FLT 900 - 1999 31MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 1396 - FLT 900 - 1999 31MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 1614 - FLT 900 - 1999 31MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 3086 - FLT 900 - 1999 31MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II 1.00 ALL - FLT 3096 GROUP3 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 3097 - ALL ALL - GROUP3
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 758 - ALL OPN -02DEC18
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 894 - ALL OPN -02DEC18
KL-KL II .55 FLT 741 - ALL OPN -28FEB19
KL-KL II .55 FLT 749 - ALL OPN -28FEB19
KL-KL II 1.05 FLT 884 - ALL OPN -29MAR19
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 602 - ALL OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II .55 FLT 622 - ALL OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II .55 FLT 692 - ALL OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II .55 FLT 724 - ALL OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 734 - ALL OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II .55 FLT 792 - ALL OPN -30MAR19
KL-KL II 1.00 ALL - FLT 3096
KL-KL II 1.10 ALL - FLT 3823
KL-KL II 1.10 ALL - FLT 3948
KL-KL II 1.30 FLT 210 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 3097 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.10 FLT 3822 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.10 FLT 3949 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.10 FLT 4102 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.30 FLT 4991 - ALL
KL-KL II .55 FLT 758 - ALL 03DEC18-28FEB19
KL-KL II .55 FLT 876 - ALL 01JAN19-03FEB19
KL-KL II .55 FLT 878 - ALL 01JAN19-03FEB19
KL-KL II .55 FLT 434 - ALL 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 604 - ALL 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 606 - ALL 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 608 - ALL 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II .55 FLT 741 - ALL 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II .55 FLT 749 - ALL 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II 1.10 FLT 882 - ALL 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II 1.10 FLT 884 - ALL 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II 1.55 FLT 888 - ALL 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II 2.00 FLT 894 - ALL 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II 2.00 FLT 896 - ALL 30MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 566 - ALL 31MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 602 - ALL 31MAR19-26OCT19
KL-KL II .50 FLT 900 - 1999 - FLT 3400 - 3420 ALL - LIN
KL-KL II .50 FLT 900 - 1999 - FLT 3400 - 3420 ALL - FCO
KL-KL II .50 FLT 3400 - 3420 - FLT 900 - 1999 LIN - ALL
KL-KL II .50 FLT 3400 - 3420 - FLT 900 - 1999 FCO - ALL
KL-KL II .50 FLT 400 - 1999 - FLT 6000 - 9999
KL-KL II .40 FLT 900 - 1999 - FLT 900 - 1999
KL-KL II .40 FLT 900 - 1999 - FLT 3108 - 3109
KL-KL II .50 FLT 2000 - 2369 - FLT 6000 - 9999
KL-KL II 1.30 FLT 2370 - 2529 - FLT 6000 - 9999
KL-KL II 1.05 FLT 2520 - 2699 - FLT 6000 - 9999
KL-KL II 1.30 FLT 2700 - 4999 - FLT 6000 - 6199
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 2823 - 2826 - FLT 900 - 1999
KL-KL II 1.45 FLT 2960 - 2999 - FLT 300 - 899
KL-KL II 1.30 FLT 3000 - 4999 - FLT 6000 - 6199
KL-KL II .40 FLT 3108 - 3109 - FLT 900 - 1999
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 3150 - 3175 - FLT 900 - 1999
KL-KL II 1.30 FLT 6000 - 6199 - FLT 2700 - 4999
KL-KL II .50 FLT 6000 - 9999 - FLT 400 - 1999
KL-KL II .50 FLT 6000 - 9999 - FLT 2000 - 2369
KL-KL II 1.30 FLT 6000 - 9999 - FLT 2370 - 2529
KL-KL II 1.05 FLT 6000 - 9999 - FLT 2520 - 2699
KL-KL II 1.05 ALL - FLT 3178 - 3183 GRU - ALL
KL-KL II 1.05 ALL - FLT 3178 - 3183 YVR - ALL
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 400 - 1999 - ALL EQP ALL - TRN
ALL - GROUP3
KL-KL II 1.30 ALL - FLT 2520 - 2699 EQP TRN - ALL
KL-KL II 1.30 ALL - FLT 3096 - 3099 EQP TRN - ALL
KL-KL II 1.30 ALL - FLT 3100 - 3107 EQP TRN - ALL
KL-KL II 1.00 ALL - FLT 2520 - 2699 GROUP3 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.10 ALL - FLT 2758 - 2759 GROUP3 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.40 ALL - FLT 2890 - 2899 GROUP3 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.30 FLT 320 - 329 - ALL ALL - GROUP3
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 2520 - 2699 - ALL ALL - GROUP3
KL-KL II 1.10 FLT 2758 - 2759 - ALL ALL - GROUP3
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 2830 - 2837 - ALL ALL - GROUP3
KL-KL II 1.40 FLT 2890 - 2899 - ALL ALL - GROUP3
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 3076 - 3079 - ALL ALL - GROUP3
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 3120 - 3122 - ALL ALL - GROUP3
KL-KL II 1.00 ALL - FLT 320 - 329
KL-KL II 1.05 ALL - FLT 2520 - 2699
KL-KL II 1.10 ALL - FLT 2758 - 2759
KL-KL II 2.00 ALL - FLT 2890 - 2899
KL-KL II 1.10 ALL - FLT 3100 - 3107
KL-KL II 1.00 ALL - FLT 3152 - 3173
KL-KL II 1.10 ALL - FLT 3178 - 3183
KL-KL II 1.10 ALL - FLT 3646 - 3649
KL-KL II 1.30 FLT 320 - 329 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.05 FLT 2520 - 2699 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.10 FLT 2758 - 2759 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.10 FLT 2823 - 2826 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.10 FLT 2830 - 2837 - ALL
KL-KL II 2.00 FLT 2890 - 2899 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.30 FLT 2960 - 2999 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.10 FLT 3076 - 3079 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.15 FLT 3100 - 3107 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.10 FLT 3120 - 3122 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.00 FLT 3150 - 3175 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.10 FLT 3178 - 3183 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.15 FLT 3646 - 3649 - ALL
KL-KL II 1.00 EQP ALL - TRN GROUP3 - GROUP3
KL-KL II 1.30 EQP TRN - ALL
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Old Feb 22, 10, 4:05 am
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If you're looking for "easiest", it may be better to avoid ATL (more int'l flights means longer immigration lines, customs and longer luggage re-check lines). Otherwise all the options above look ok.
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Old Feb 25, 10, 6:00 am
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Thank you for the response.

I ended up booking a similar flight. The return from SAN > MEM > AMS > WAW is the same.

However coming in I am going WAW > AMS > LAX > SAN. But by this route I am able to get 3.5 hours at LAX? I'm assuming that should be sufficient to clear customs right? I have more options just in case not.

Going back though, would I clear customs in AMS or WAW? I have just about 2 hours in AMS and I want to make sure I'll be okay if it's needed there.
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Old Feb 25, 10, 6:12 am
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Originally Posted by MadRunner View Post
Thank you for the response.

I ended up booking a similar flight. The return from SAN > MEM > AMS > WAW is the same.

However coming in I am going WAW > AMS > LAX > SAN. But by this route I am able to get 3.5 hours at LAX? I'm assuming that should be sufficient to clear customs right? I have more options just in case not.

Going back though, would I clear customs in AMS or WAW? I have just about 2 hours in AMS and I want to make sure I'll be okay if it's needed there.
Poland is a full Schengen member, so the procedure for the US-AMS-WAW legs will be:

- Clear passport control at AMS
- Clear security at AMS (after passport control)
- Collect bags at WAW
- Clear customs at WAW - I've never done customs at WAW, but this is a non-event in most EU countries, you simply walk through the nothing to declare line.

2 hours should be fine.
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Old Feb 28, 10, 4:54 pm
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Thank you pbarnette!
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Old Apr 22, 10, 12:45 pm
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Would you take a chance with a 1 hour connection DL (from MEM) to KL to CDG, both on award tickets in Business? It's the only option for the low award. AF has several later flights but none comes up. If we miss the connection, it's not an issue as long as we can get on an AF flight with our award tix. Thanks.
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Old Apr 22, 10, 7:44 pm
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I would. Just did a 1hr DTW-AMS-LIS and it was a walk in the park. For a low award I would spend 4 days in AMS.
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Old Jul 9, 10, 6:19 pm
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i will be taking BOM-AMS-DTW-AUS flights and have 55 minutes layover at amsterdam for connection. will let you know how it goes. will take short connection line and run to catch flight.
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Old Jul 9, 10, 7:08 pm
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Originally Posted by max83770 View Post
i will be taking BOM-AMS-DTW-AUS flights and have 55 minutes layover at amsterdam for connection. will let you know how it goes. will take short connection line and run to catch flight.
Shouldn't need any short connection line aa far as I can tell... BOM and DTW will both leave/arrive from the non-schengen side. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong...
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Old Jul 15, 10, 6:27 pm
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well, i just checked in online and have selected hindu veg meal and asian veg meal, will let you know what was served and how it goes. 18 hours to go. have to sleep.
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Old Jul 21, 10, 12:23 am
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This thread is monster... there should really be a helpful up-to-date post at the beginning with link to the current MCT.

What is the current MCT for DL at AMS? I have Privium so I never worry about this, but I am traveling with a friend in September who does not, so now I am slightly worried. I've booked us on TXL-AMS-MSP, and the connection time in AMS is 50 minutes. The line going from schengen to ex-schengen isn't usually that bad, but it does feel a bit tight, and I'm wondering if it's even legal for a connection to a USA-bound flight...

If we miss it it's not the end of the world, as I think we could probably catch one of the 2:40 bank flights to DTW/MSP, but we would probably get stuck in crap seats which is not quite what I would want.
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Old Aug 8, 10, 2:32 am
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my flight started on July 17th and was delayed for 3 hours due to some problem with flight Tyre in Bombay and i thought i will miss my connecting flight however to my surprise DELTA halted connecting flight for 2 hours in Amsterdam because there was many connecting passenger in my flight.

so yes they do hold flights in case your flight is delayed and there are many other people for same connection. During the trip I also learned if you mis your connecting flight due to flight delays they will automatically book you in next connecting flight though it may be long route, for example my connecting flight to vegas was canceled on memphis airport so they rebooked me for next day and put me in holiday express motel with 2 x $6 meal vouchers which i did not use!. However, they sent me to Detroit and then to Vegas. My one checked in bag was with them whole time but they managed to deliver it to me on vegas airport properly.

I changed my meal to hindu veg while going to usa and veg meal was good. I had same veg meal in return.
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Old Aug 29, 10, 10:58 am
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Question PRG-AMX-ATL Connection

When Delta eliminated the non-stop PRG-ATL flight, I was rebooked PRG-AMS-ATL-TUS (25 Sep, all in business or first). The PRG-AMS leg is KL 3120 operated by Czech Air.

My question is: when we check in at PRG (0700 departure) will we be able to check bags thru to TUS or will we have to retrieve bags and recheck with Delta in AMS. We have about two hours in AMS.

As you would expect, I am unable to select seats on the Czech Air plane, but I am not really concerned about that.

Thanks in advance for any info.
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Old Aug 29, 10, 11:01 am
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PRG-AMS-ATL

Sorry for the mistype in title of the original post.
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Old Aug 29, 10, 11:02 am
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As long as you are flying OK, DL, AF/KL, the bags will be checked in PRG all the way to ATL.
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Old Aug 29, 10, 11:11 am
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Your bags will be checked all the way through for you when you check-in at PRG.

You DO NOT have to pick up your bags in AMS. You won't see them again until you get to ATL.

You MUST pick up your bags in ATL when you arrive. All bags, regardless of final destination, must be retrieved in ATL and then rescreened.

You will go through security screening three times on this itinerary. First in PRG on your flight to AMS. Then in AMS because you are flying to the US. Then in ATL because you just arrived on an international flight. (You won't have to take off your shoes in PRG or AMS unless there's a lot of metal in them).

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