connecting flight in Newark, will I have enough time?
I have to connect in Newark EWR (from Birmingham BHX, United Kingdom) to Nashville BNA, midday on a Saturday (mid August). I have 2 hours 40 mins but need to go from terminal B to terminal A and as I understand will need to go through customs and luggage handling/bag re-check-in at Newark due to going from an international flight to a domestic flight. Both flights are with continental however I am required to check in with expressjet airlines inc dba co expre for my flight to Nashville. Has anyone done this trip? Will I have enough time to connect? Any advice greatly appreciated.
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Those connections are scheduled so that under normal conditions, there is plenty of time to make the connection. You should have plenty of time to connect after you clear customs. I don't know how Continental works in Newark, but I fly Delta's connection partners all the time, and I have that stuff on my ticket too. However, in reality, you can just take your bags to the Continental/Continental Express check-in counter and re-check them there. It might even be that there is a place right there at customs where you can re-check your bags for a connecting flight. It does not take very long to get from Terminal B to Terminal A at EWR. Newark's a pretty fast airport to get through, actually (or at least it was the last time I flew American to Newark).
Assuming that there are not a lot of other international flights coming in as well, you should have enough time. You do have to clear customs and then pick-up your bags before heading out of terminal B. There is a monorail that should get you to terminal A. After you get to terminal A, you do need to check your luggage in with expressjet.
It's true that connecting from Terminal A to B at Newark is quick and easy. Also re-checking baggage the Continental staff is very professional and that goes pretty fast. What may snag you up is going through customs. I fly in and out of EWR to UK several times a year and suggest that you ask the flight attendant if you can exit the plane as soon possible to make a tight connection. As long as the flight arrives on time there shouldn't be any problems. This is a map and some info about EWR. Enjoy your trip! http://www.ifly.com/newark-liberty-international/terminal-map
Never done this but think of it this way 50 minutes to get your bags, and then go over to ExpressJet Airlines' check-in which leaves you with 1 hr and 50 minutes, then think about how long it will take you to get through security which could take at the most 20 minutes when that is over you will have at least 1 hr and 20 minutes, and at last you can make it to your gate with 1 hr and 5 minutes.... If you have to go to the bathroom then go on the plane before it lands so you won't waste anytime and miss your connection. Hope it helped