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Flight connection time

We will be returning from Zurich airport to Los Angeles via Paris (CDG) this summer after a viking cruise. We are booked on Air France for both legs (operated by Delta on leg home) with a layover of 90 minutes at CDG. Is that generally enough time to make the transfer? I found out the flight into CDG is the same terminal as the return flight home. Not sure where if we need to clear customs or passport control and security screening at CDG. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

Tom

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Thanks. I assume at CDG? Does 90 minutes sound doable to make our connecting flight?

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90 minutes is probably enough, but I would prefer more like 2 if not 3 hours myself so that I can grab a bite to eat at CDG...any glitch or delay involving the first leg, of course, all bets are off...good luck.

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Thanks. I'm curious if we need to clear security screening again at CDG. That would likely impact our ability to make our connection.

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Does 90 minutes sound doable to make our connecting flight?

The airline would not sell the ticket if were not doable. They are on the hook to get you to LA.

it is a single ticket, correct?

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Correct. One confirmation number for both legs. Hope they're right.

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Transfers through CDG, for me, have become very efficient. Two years ago I would not want less than (and needed) two and one half hours. Today 90 minutes is quite sufficient.

I had a ninety minute connection through CDG with Delta Airlines this past winter. My flight was Venice - CDG -JFK. The Venice - CDG leg was on Air France aircraft and the CDG - JFK was on an a Delta aircraft. Everything was on one ticket and the transfer occurred within the same terminal but different letter - for example only (2E to 2K).

I had no problem making the connection. Shockingly, I arrived at the gate approximately forty five minutes before boarding began. I don’t remember if I had to go through security. However, the airport staff were located throughout that terminal actively directing passengers.

One month earlier while raveling from Istanbul to JFK via CDG I had a two hour layover at CDG. The carrier was Air France from IST - CDG and Delta aircraft from CDG - JFK, all on one ticket. Passengers were required to show their passports as we exited the jetway upon arrival at CDG. Additionally, we had to go through security to enter the departing terminal. Two very different experiences at CDG within a few weeks. I arrived at the departure gate more than an hour before boarding time for the connecting flight.

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Two very different experiences at CDG within a few weeks (raymonelee)

In one instance you arrived from a Schengen origin point and the other was a non-Schengen origin, which likely accounts for the difference in procedures.

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Very useful information. Since I depart from Switzerland (a Schengen member) to CDG, hopefully it will be more similar to your flight from Venice, but relieved to hear you made it in about an hours time from Istanbul nevertheless. That gives me hope of making my 90 min connection at CDG. Thank you.

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Intra Schengen flights are like domestic flights. So all you need to get through is security, and then in CDG only passport control (no extra security normally).
But if you have any receipts for tax free stuff that need stamping you will need to do that in Zurich, as Switzerland is not EU.

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Thank you. It's looking like I should be ok assuming no major delays. Was concerned I might have to clear security again but sounds like that will not be necessary. I also found out my return flights are both operated by Air France.