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Jennie Sep 16th, 2003 02:22 PM

What to expect at DTW
Has anyone taken an international flight out of Detroit? We're flying from Dallas to Detroit on Thursday and then from there to Paris.

Is Detroit an easy place to get around/transfer, etc? We have about an hour and a half between flights. Any advice/input would be appreciated.

Jennie :)

kwn333 Sep 16th, 2003 02:46 PM

Detroit has three separate buildings, one for Northwest / KLM, one for everyone else and one for international. You'll need to catch a shuttle outside of the domestic flight buildings to the international. The international is pretty small though.

martytravels Sep 16th, 2003 02:48 PM

Kwn, when was the last time you were at metro?
Northwest operates out of a fantastic new (1-year-old terminal) at DTW and its international and domestic are all in there. I assume you're flying Northwest or KLM, so there will be no need to switch terminals and you'll speed thru customs on the way back. Even if you're flying Lufthansa, you leave out of the new terminal.
Plus it's loaded with shops and restaurants.

martytravels Sep 16th, 2003 02:51 PM

The new terminal is big (the main concourse is a mile long), so depending on your arrival gate, the connecting gate can be a ways away sometimes. (If you arrive on A1 and leave out of A74, for example), but there's an elevated train that runs from one end of the terminal to another.

martytravels Sep 16th, 2003 03:50 PM

For a detailed map that shows the different levels of the terminal (departures-arrivals-int'l arrivals) go to and click the McNamara Terminal selector.
(Sorry I've responded in 3 messages, but stuff keeps popping into my head)

Frequent_Flyer Sep 16th, 2003 04:04 PM

The new Detroit airport is definitely world-class. I fly out of there internationally about ever six weeks. You should have a very easy time of it! The only note I would make, is if Detroit is your first point of entry BACK into the US, the baggage is a bit slow. You'll have to go through immigration, collect your baggage, go through customs, then re-check your baggage to your final destination. This all takes place within about a 50 yard stretch. It's easy, and there are plenty of carts.

Good luck, and have fun!

Jennie Sep 17th, 2003 07:49 AM

Thanks so much for the info. Sounds like it'll be a breeze!

Thanks again,
Jennie :)

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