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one hour to change flights at CDG - crazy?

one hour to change flights at CDG - crazy?

Old May 14th, 2006, 09:39 AM
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Flygirl, you definitely made the right choice. I was connecting on AF yesterday from Venice to Paris. In the past I have made the 55 minute connection when things were all normal, but now there is construction in the terminal you'd normally connect to, so you're US-flight comes into or goes out of Terminal E, which is really a makeshift terminal and not set up to handle the kind of traffic it was experiencing yesterday. I had 3 1/2 hours to connect yesterday and needed 2 1/4 of it to get from F to E, get through Passport Control AND security. I had just enough time for lunch and to buy water for the flight home. Also, check your Yahoo email shortly, I'm sending you some Venice recommendations!
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Old May 14th, 2006, 11:28 AM
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thank you Flyboy and Amy! it's a relief I did what I did...

Amy, LOVED your trip report. very good info. thank you again for it. I hope mine is half as useful.
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Old May 15th, 2006, 05:32 AM
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I've made these 75 minute connections three times (with return flights, a total of 6 times)but the stress is awful. Actually if I was flying alone it wouldn't have been so stressful. But once with my 20 something daughter and twice with DH - well, flying with them is stressful anyway so the addded CDG connections wasn't fun.
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Old May 15th, 2006, 06:16 PM
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I would say NO WAY! We had a 2 hour layover there last September, and it was impossible. We had to go through customs, and travel via bus to another teminal. We were headed for Sicily, and ended up having to stay in Paris overnight, and get hotel rooms, buy new airline tickets the next day. This was a very expensive lesson -- however, the Eiffel Tower was splendid at night!
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Old May 24th, 2006, 08:09 PM
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Yikes. I've got a flight arrives 9am in 2C and a connection leaving 10am from 2F to Rome. Similar deal on the way back. I'm for a long, stress-free wait in the airport.
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Old May 30th, 2006, 06:07 PM
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I had a connection this last weekend from 2D to 2E with 45 minute connect time. I was traveling from Copenhagen to Paris then onward to Cincinnati. I had 25 minutes until the flight took off when I reached passport control. The lines were huge and nearly everyone in line was trying to reach flight taking off within a half hour. There were four control stations opened but then shut it down to only for about 10 minutes. I think they ended up holding most of the flights. My AF flight was delayed for over an hour as there were 30 more people delayed behind me in line!
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Old Jul 18th, 2006, 03:18 PM
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Just back from Italy where we had a flight Verona to Paris then Paris to Boston. We had a 45 minute layover in Paris to make our Boston flight. After reading these postings I called Air France to make sure we would have enough time. They assured me there would be no problem.
Well.......
We arrived from Verona on the tamarac(you know the runway where we were met by a sign BOSTON. There were two vans for the 10 of us-our group and 1 other man. They drove us for about 8 minutes- then we got out and walked for about 10 minutes to the Passport booth. They had us cut all the lines and then they brought us to security where they again had us cut all the lines-we had a delay there because some of the younger security guys had to check out my 16yr olds daughters back pack that held only a huge coca cola and a squishy pillow. Then they took us another at least 5 minutes to our flight that was fully boarded. We took off about 10 minutes after that!
I think if that one man was traveling from Verona to Boston alone -he would have never made his flight!!! It worked out very well for us- I think because there were so many of us.
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Old Jul 24th, 2006, 08:55 AM
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I booked a honeymoon with go-today.com that has an impossible connection time on airfrance. Thankfully, my future wife called them last month about another issue and they informed her that the connection was impossible. We have from 6:15 to 7:35 to make it from terminal 2E to terminal 2B. I don't think this is possible either, so I contacted go-today about it last week(departure mid-august). The word I got back was that to fix this problem and change the flight from paris to prague both directions would cost me $1000. This seems a little outrageous to me. How much would it cost me if I miss the flight and have to get on another one? Am I better off taking the risk of missing the flight or paying the 1000 bucks up front?
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Old Jul 24th, 2006, 09:43 AM
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I should probably add that my starting point is Boston and my final destination is Prague.

(semi off-topic: has anyone else noticed that airfrance's hold music may be designed to put you into hypnosis while you wait? )
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Old Jul 24th, 2006, 10:00 AM
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Drummerboybac - 80 minutes to connect at CDG is tight, but not impossible. Certainly AF thinks its possible. It won't cost you any money to be put on the next flight if you miss the first one.

There's really nothing much you can do right now, with everything booked already.
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Old Jul 24th, 2006, 10:21 AM
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Thanks for the response. That is the course of action I will be taking. If you had to guess, what would you say the chances are that one can get on the next flight?
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