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Layover time in Houston

Discussion in 'Texas' started by Hawkwood, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. NTSilver

    NTSilver Divemaster

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    We are US citizens coming from Cabo San Lucas to DCA yesterday (Tues 15 Apr). We had the official limit of 1 hour and 10 minutes for the Houston airport. Customs was packed, and this was a Tuesday. It seems now that US citizens and others are all in the same line. We barely made it to the flight so of course our bags did not make it. I think 2 hours will be fine - they have a train that takes you between terminals and that was very quick. All that being said, you just never know.
     
  2. Skyjunky

    Skyjunky Barracuda

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    Your return flight should be fine. I've made that same Continental flight from Bonaire, it's the early morning one. Done in 45 minutes.
     
  3. Hawkwood

    Hawkwood MSDT ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Many thanks to everyone who responded to my query!
     
  4. ScubaTexan

    ScubaTexan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You're very welcome! Hope it helped out.
     
  5. driftwood

    driftwood Loggerhead Turtle

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  6. Hawkwood

    Hawkwood MSDT ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Driftwood,

    I did order Susan Porter's book - thanks for the tip.
     
  7. driftwood

    driftwood Loggerhead Turtle

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    That will be the best spent money for your trip! I have the two major books on Bonaire that most shops sell and they are a shadow compared to BSDME. It is amazing to me that her book is not more widely available in LDS's. I guess that people like better packaging and photos than hard information.

    BTW, my avatar was taken from Buddy's dock on Bonaire.
     
  8. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Excerpting...
    I'm not a Houston local but have been thru that humongous airport a few times, and I got curious here...

    I take it that you are flying non-stop Bonaire to Houston IAH on a Saturday? CO1899 arriving at 11:24 am? I think you will actually arrive in Terminal E, but D & E are both adjacent to the International Arrivals Building where you will clear Customs and Immigration to the extent a thru International passenger will - since you are not actually arriving into the US but just passing thru a US airport.

    But if I am correct on your Continental arrival at 11:34 am, the next United or Air Canada flight to YYC/Calgary seems to be at 2:35 pm/14:35 hours - 3 hours later; United #511 or AC #5689 - does that sound right? It goes to Denver where you connect to the flight to Calgary arriving there at 8:52 pm/20:52 hours, correct?

    Whether a 2 or 3 hour layover, you should be fine for the terminal change and check-in, I think - but it does seem to be a little tricky. On the attached map, you'll see that you will take the Terminal Link - a large, elevated car - from the International Arrivals Building to Terminal B, then walk around the inside of that square building to catch the bus at gate 67 to Terminal A.

    BTW, United or Air Canada should recheck your luggage at the International Arrivals Building, so you won't have to worry about getting it up and down with the Terminal Link or onto the bus in B67.
     

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  9. Hawkwood

    Hawkwood MSDT ScubaBoard Supporter

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    DandyDon:

    Thanks for the info. You were correct with the Continetal flight arriving at 11:30 - our United Flight (actually Air Canada) departs at 13:35. Nice to know we can check our bags in before making our way to the other terminal.

    Oh well, now it's time to think about Little Cayman Island in three weeks:D

    2cm more snow forecast for Calgary today! Our first planned dive of the year with no ice got canned last Sunday due to an incredible snow storm:(. It looks like mid May in Cayman will be the first open water diving since we were under the ice in March.
     
  10. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Ok, I don't know when you are traveling. There may be a schedule change planned on the United/AC flight but it currently departs for Denver at 14:35 with connection to Calgary/YYC.

    And there should be agents on hand to check your luggage; hope so. That elevated car ride to Terminal B then Bus to Terminal A sounds like a lot, but it's just following directions at the airport. You'll do fine.
     

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