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Traveling on AirFrance to Naples / Will one hour connection time in Paris be doable?

Traveling on AirFrance to Naples / Will one hour connection time in Paris be doable?

Sep 24th, 2007, 05:48 PM
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DavidTH - Try this site:

http://www.easycdg.com/pages/cdg_ter...2_pagepag.html

It has links to the official terminal maps. One for 2ABCD, one for 2EF.
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Sep 24th, 2007, 08:07 PM
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Went through CDG last November - the trip from Chicago to Florence went on without any problems BUT on the return trip my sister needed assistance with a wheeled chair and they took us away from our terminal for a private shauttle that never showed up so we missed the flight home in spite of the fact that we had 2 hours to connect. Oh yes, they put us on the next flight 24 hours later! Because of that we missed the funeral of a dear friend's mother and had to stay overnight in Paris. They did feed us lunch, dinner and put us up overnight BUT after waiting 4 hours to locate our luggage we couldn't even think of taking advantage of the overnight delay in Paris to enjoy it! If I can avoid AF or CDG in the future I will!
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Sep 25th, 2007, 04:46 PM
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thanks, rkkwan, for giving me the link to the maps of the terminals. That helps.
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Sep 25th, 2007, 06:40 PM
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I have not changed my flight as all have assured me it can be done... I pray for fog so that we have more time to change planes
other wise I will just have to enjoy a night in Paris as the next flight to Naples is the following day....!
I am also praying for patience and no lost luggage. Live and Learn. We leave Sat out of Houston
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Sep 26th, 2007, 03:20 AM
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msbeavers - we leave today. I've pre-printed by boarding passes for both legs of the flight, loaded our passport info into Air France's website. In other words, everything I can do to expedite the process. Also printed copies of the maps of the terminals. If I come up with any hints when we go through the experience in the next 24 hours, I'll let you know the first time we get to an internet cafe in Sorrento!!
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Sep 26th, 2007, 04:32 AM
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As long as a night in Paris is okay with you, then you are right to leave the tickets. I mean, it is a night in Paris!
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Sep 26th, 2007, 04:59 AM
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Good Luck DavidTH I await the info and pray for safe timely travel ! I will be checking until Sat morning
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Oct 13th, 2007, 04:50 AM
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So how was your trip ....did you make your connections...>?

We missed ours both ways but the alternatives were not to bad as we still arrived the same day as planned.
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Oct 13th, 2007, 06:11 AM
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Thanks for following up. So, the answer to the original question is NO.
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Oct 13th, 2007, 09:18 AM
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the answer to the original question is a big NO...it was a learning experience and did not ruin our trip however....LOL!
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Oct 13th, 2007, 11:45 AM
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sorry to hear, msbeavers, that you didn't make your connections. Ironically, even with our 3 hours going, and 2 hours coming back, our experience was horrific (the flying, that is).
Our AF flight to Paris actually arrived at CDG 30 minutes early, but AF decided to cancel our connection to Naples (they said it was due to a strike in Italy, but we don't believe that). So after the overnight flight to Paris we had 7 hours at CDG to kill! Not a pleasant experience.
Coming back was worse. Our flight from Florence to CDG couldn't land because of fog in Paris. We ended up landing at Orly (after a couple of failed attempts at CDG), then had to claim our bags and bus to CDG. Needless to say, missed our flight to Toronto. No others that day. So they booked us to Montreal with an Air Canada connection to Toronto. Which we missed because in Montreal we had to claim baggage and clear customs. So they booked us on the next flight (1 hour later), which left 1 hour late! Total time to travel home - 23 hours.
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Oct 13th, 2007, 06:27 PM
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Oh my gosh you had it worse than we did for sure...
We had a fog issue that delayed our take off from Rome to Paris on the way home yesterday so that is why we just missed the connection to Houston.
I was happy with the helpfulness displayed by Airfrance on both occassions in Paris (I had read so many horror stories I guess I expected worse).

We really were with in 5 to 10 minutes of making each connection. It was painful to be so close yet so far!

Did the rest of your trip turn out ok?
Ours was great, but I liked Rome the least. Happy we started in Amalfi as it set the tone and I guess made the other locations hard to beat it ....

We are sure happy to be home!
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Oct 13th, 2007, 07:13 PM
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Yikes. We have a connecting flight coming up - LAX-CDG, landing at 5:30, then departing CDG-Madrid at 7:15. My question: I think we arrive at one terminal and depart from another. Should we check in the bags and hope for the best, or try schlepping carry-ons if we have to make a run for it? (I'm thinking maybe we could run faster w/o luggage...) Thanks.
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Oct 13th, 2007, 07:34 PM
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I have read these with interest. I took my first trip to Europe this summer and we had 90 minutes in CDG to make the next flight and was really worried. We landed about 30 minutes early (from Detroit) but then undertook the longest taxi from landing to gate that I have ever experienced in my life--it was almost surreal for the tips of the wings to come so close to the hotels at the airport. We landed in a brand new terminal--can't remember what it was numbered/lettered, but they said it had opened just that week (July). They shuttled us downstairs and around some corners and onto a van to the correct terminal (all the way around). Interestingly, the way they took us avoided customs entirely. We found our gate and had time to go to the bathroom and poke through a gift shop for a few minutes, although we were really too tired to appreciate that. We sat at our gate for at least 30 minutes after clearing the gate security, where the nice security officer allowed us to open and drink our water bottle before taking it from us--we had purchased an extra in Detroit since some advice on these boards said to purchase your own for the flight. I drank one and refilled from the flight attendant's bottle--this one was still sealed.

Our experience at CDG ended up being a really good one. I'm sorry that so many have problems there. It was a confusing jumble. I noticed many people getting on and off the shuttle who were apparently missing flights and were quite panicked. It infected my 13yo daughter a little, but I just kept telling her to take deep breaths and relax...someone would get us on another flight if necessary. We were headed to Budapest and MAV flew several other flights out that day--I checked before we left home after reading the post on here!

I'm sorry to hear that you guys didn't make your connections--also sorry that the delay wasn't long enough to allow you to enjoy Paris while you were there. That's really a bummer!
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Oct 13th, 2007, 08:20 PM
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iwan2go - Definitely check your bags through. You don't want to wait for your bags. Plus, most airlines won't check to an intermediate stop, even if you ask them to.
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Oct 14th, 2007, 03:22 AM
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Definitely check the bags....as we did run and it was easier to run with out luggage.
Believe it or not all bags ( 4 total) made it with our crazy connections!
good luck !

Paris is the craziest airport for landing / taxing and getting to a new gate!
The experience was sort of fun because it all worked out and we did not have to sit around ... It was like the TV show " Amazing Race" ... we all had a good relaxed attitude ( this helps greatly)
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Oct 14th, 2007, 04:48 AM
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Sorry to read all the horrific stories of flying through Paris and CDG. I had similiar fears after reading all the reports as we had 1.5 hours going over and 45 minutes on the return flight for changing planes. Happily, I report no problems with our outbound jouney and on the return flight AF met us as we deplaned in Paris and escorted the Boston people and Seattle people through a custom check, onto specially waiting buses and got us to our planes. I had expected there was no way we would make the connection but AF was extremely efficient and pleasant.
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Oct 14th, 2007, 05:21 AM
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DaveTH
There was an air traffic controllers strike in Italy one day in the last week of September, I don't recall which day it was; however, it resulted in a huge number of flight cancellations so AF might have been telling you the truth.

Strikes in Italy are just something you have to get used to. One day last week the Circumvesuviana was on strike from 09:20 until 13:17. I'm sure there is a good reason for this sort of timing and I just don't know what it is. Strikes in Italy seem to be aimed more at inconveniencing the public than the employer.

I love France and I think CDG is a good airport for arriving and departing but I would never choose it for changing planes again unless there was no alternative.
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Oct 14th, 2007, 01:11 PM
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Hal8999 - thanks for the info on the strike - what we found odd was that during our 7 hours at CDG waiting for a flight to Naples, numerous other flights to Italy departed, to a number of different locations. That is why it was difficult for us to believe AF's story. Oh well, it really wasn't a big deal. I'm not trying to sound bitter just wanted to share the story!

Iwan2go - definitely check your bags. You will for sure land at one terminal and depart from another, but I don't think you necessarily know which terminal they will take to you, when you arrive. We were supposed to land at one terminal (can't remember which) but a bus picked us up plane-side and took us to a different terminal. But we took the advise from these boards to avoid the busses that take you between terminals, and instead clear customs at the terminal you are originally bussed to, and then walk to your departing terminal.

MSBEAVERS - we had a terrific vacation. Loved Sorrento, Rome, Tuscany and Florence, but I think Florence was our favorite.
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Oct 14th, 2007, 03:09 PM
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Thanks to all for your advice! We'll check in the bags. I did not note that both flights are Air France, which should mean a better chance of the luggage going through (I assume) than if I were changing carriers.
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