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Flying International Out of Atlanta

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Hi, my fiance and I are excited to fly out at the end of this month to PUJ for our destination wedding! My question is where do I check-in and where do we land? Will we need to come through the domestic side to check our bags on the way to PUJ? And will we come out on the international side to go through customs?

 

We're trying to figure out how to get to the airport, and our preferred park-n-ride doesn't drop off on the domestic side.

 

Thanks!

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Re: Flying International Out of Atlanta

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Take a look at this previous thread. Short answer is domestic terminal.

 

https://www.southwestaircommunity.com/t5/International-Travel/Atlanta-airport-for-international-flig...

 

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Re: Flying International Out of Atlanta

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@TheMiddleSeat wrote:

Take a look at this previous thread. Short answer is domestic terminal.

 

https://www.southwestaircommunity.com/t5/International-Travel/Atlanta-airport-for-international-flig...

 

--TheMiddleSeat


I've gone in the international terminal with a mobile boarding pass and carry-on before while flying Southwest, but I don't believe there is a Southwest ticket agent at that end to check passports, etc. and you wouldn't be able to check luggage without that step.

 

Actually, clicking on @TheMiddleSeat's link shows that there isn't one, at least as of 2016. 

 

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Re: Flying International Out of Atlanta

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Assume I'm checking bags for the purpose of this.

Just to clarify, for an International itinerary out of Atlanta, I must check in at the Domestic Terminal.

But the way ATL works, the return flight you MUST exit via the International Terminal. That means no matter which side you park at, you must take the International Connector shuttle on one leg of the journey.

 

Do I understand this situation correctly?

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@skippu wrote:

Assume I'm checking bags for the purpose of this.

Just to clarify, for an International itinerary out of Atlanta, I must check in at the Domestic Terminal.

But the way ATL works, the return flight you MUST exit via the International Terminal. That means no matter which side you park at, you must take the International Connector shuttle on one leg of the journey.

 

Do I understand this situation correctly?


Southwest does not have any counters in the International Terminal, so yes should should start a journey at the main terminal for Southwest if you are checking luggage. .Several websites out there are outdated that say any international travel should start at the international terminal, these haven't been updated to include Southwest's service that leaves from C concourse just like all other Southwest flights.

 

On the second question - it would be the same plane train that connects all of the A-F concourses if you are on the airside, but there is also a shuttle from the entrance to domestic terminal that runs on the landside of security.

 

I haven't flown international through ATL so I wasn't clear that you didn't end up in C concourse anyway, even returning from an international destination.

 

 

 

 

 

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@rchadwe852

 

looks like your message didn't come though. Do you need help with something? 

 

Blake