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Sufficient int’l layover at CDG?

Hi folks - I have a Delta flight from JFK to Marseille with a 75 minute layover in CDG. I am gonna be outta luck with such a short layover? Or since both legs of the flight are operated by Delta, will they notify the connecting flight to hold back a little before takeoff? Or do you think that I should be good on time regardless?

Posted by
1905 posts

Paris to Marseille will be operated by Air France. But yes, they will know that yhou are arriving on a connecting flight. If the first flight is late, you will be rebooked on a later flight.

Posted by
21028 posts

Some be OK with the normal precautions -- your flight is on-time, no unusual crowd situation, and since it is one ticket and you miss it you will be taken care of. My one concern is that you do have to go through immigration. That could be a problem but let them know you are on a short connection and many times they will let you cut the line.

Posted by
1732 posts

They are incredibly unlikely to hold the plane for you. But they will book you on another flight. Was this the way you booked it originally or was there a change in the schedule? If it was a change in the schedule I would call Delta and see if they can adjust it to give you a little more time

Posted by
7240 posts

I doubt they would hold the 2nd flight, particularly where there is another flight that gets to Marseilles at 225PM, vs your planned 1040AM arrival

Posted by
1551 posts

When are you flying? It should say on your reservation who the carrier is for the CDG/ Marseille leg. Badger has already said Air France, but maybe double check. Next I’d check to see what area that 2nd flight will go out of compared to where you arrive. I think this timing might be stressful. Pre-COVID I would have said look options the carrier has for 2nd flight and see if there is one that fits you better, then call Delta and request a change.

I would also encourage you to keep checking your flight times to make sure they don’t change on you without notification.

Posted by
4 posts

It is Air France operating the from CDG to MRS, for what it’s worth. Hopefully 75 minutes should be enough

Posted by
7380 posts

As someone said, tell one of the employees directing people in the passport lines that you have a tight connection.
I have a 60 minute connection after landing at CDG to catch a flight to Montpellier. I might make it; if not, they'll put me on the afternoon flight.

Posted by
728 posts

The irony is the times when I allowed a 3-4 hr layover I always breeze through customs & immigration and end up sitting for a long time. But, the times I chanced it, I seem to always end up in a line at immigration for 2 hrs or more. It's like the fates are against us travelers!!!

Posted by
7380 posts

trizz-- it's apples and oranges. I have an EU passport, and I'm in the front of the plane. Soon.

You'll be ok. f you miss the flight, you'll be on the next one. The flights are not as full. The huge tour groups are not in the passport line. You don't have to claim your luggage until Marseille. You are flying from a green country with an approved vaccine.

And it's a great flight over the mountains with a view of the sea upon landing. Just enjoy.

Posted by
3518 posts

You will only be placed on the next flight if seats are available. AF currently shows a plane to Marseille every two or three hours.
While you are scampering to make the connection, your checked luggage will proceed at its accustomed pace and might miss the flight. Mine did once. The agent in Marseille said it happened all the time. No doubt an exaggeration but it certainly can happen.
In those BP times (before pandemic), AF delivered late luggage to your hotel But that was a half-dozen years ago, not now.

Posted by
44 posts

Trizz,
I would never agree to anything less than 90 minute layover at CDG. It's better to take the pain ahead of time than deal with the potential mishaps after the fact. I would switch your flight now instead of taking chances of getting lucky.

Posted by
1296 posts

And perhaps just take only a carry on bag in case you get stuck somewhere.

Posted by
7380 posts

I made my connection. Here's the report: we touched down and I was off the plane at 6:45, which gave us 75 minutes instead of 60. But I was sitting in the front of the plane, so I was one of the first off. We took a tram three stops, had more escalators than I can count, endless long hallways and finally entered the second terminal. Next was a very through security screening, followed by passport control. All passports were in the same line, EU and none EU. The line was short and fast. We had more walking within the terminal to find our gate. The total took 40 minutes.

Luggage transfer: We are transporting a lot. Three of our four large suitcases made the transfer. They will deliver the fourth one tonight. In case something doesn't get transferred, be sure you keep your luggage tags. Have your Marseille address available. Make a claim. I was impressed that 3 out of 4 were on our flight.

Posted by
4 posts

Thanks Bets, that was super helpful. What day of the week and what time of day did you go thru CDG?

Posted by
1732 posts

Tell someone in the passport line that you have a tat connection and they’ll do what? Honestly they’re not going to do anything.

They have heard every story in the book and are immune to them. As are your fellow passengers who just will not put up with it. Now I have in the past seen the airline come through and pull people to the front of the line because they knew they had a lot of people connecting and didn’t want to have to rebook. But you asking probably won’t do any good

That said, I’ve made tighter her connections here. There are some rules to live by. Go directly to immigration, do not stop to pass go, do not stop to go the bathroom, do not stop anywhere. Go directly to immigration. Once you get through immigration go directly to your new gate once again do not stop to shop, no you don’t need snacks, no you don’t need souvenirs , no you don’t need drinks - keep going Once you get to your gate and you we that you have time to do things then you do it. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen people at an airport whining “I missed the plane because I’ had a tight connection”’but carrying bags from the stores in the airport. Yeah they had a short connection and wasted it shopping

And I say that further down in the thread the Poster posted that she did make it, probably because she didn’t stop to shop. Honestly people do not stop. It’s especially funny in Atlanta because the thing people want to do here stop and get a Chick-fil-A. “Because we don’t have it at home “ well great you now have about three hours to eat your sandwich.

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7380 posts

It was Tuesday morning at 6:45, yesterday, very early. Two things worked in my favor that you might not have: I was in business and the fifth person off the plane. No other international flights had arrived, so passport control was very fast. Adding to Carol, we didn't stop at bathrooms or shops.
One other thought. Since you are transferring planes at CDG, and terminals, you'll go through security again. They are stricter at CDG. I had to toss some hair products, whereas in the US I have TSA pre- check and glide through.