Detroit airport is the pride of Michigan, and it is the busiest airport in the state, and the 18th busiest across the United States airports. Worldwide, it is the 45th busiest airport, and in 2017, it served more than 34 million passengers. Besides, it covers over 7,000 acres so you can imagine how easy it is to get lost along your way to catch a flight. Also, being large means that it can offer you many more services such as baby-care facilities, medical services and many more. Still, unless you know how to get to these facilities, you will not benefit from them when you need them.
Luckily, you do not have to worry about missing your connecting flight because you did not know how to get to it in time. With this guide, you will learn how to navigate through the Detroit airport without any hitches. So, let’s get to it. All you need to know about traveling through Detroit airport terminals
Detroit airport has two terminals:
- North terminal – It serves the major part of operations in Detroit airport, and some of the airlines you can catch here are Air Canada, Royal Jordanian, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, WOW Air, Lufthansa and Southwest Airlines. It has two levels and one Concourse, D.
- McNamara terminal – It serves both inbound and outbound flights operated by AeroMexico, Delta Airlines and Air France. It has four levels and three concourses; A, B and C. Concourse A is a mile long and the second longest concourse in the world. Running through all the concourses is an Express Tram that takes less than five minutes. It hosts more than 60 gates. Concourses B and C, however, host more than 40 Gates.
The fastest ways to travel between the Detroit airport and the terminals
The two terminals at Detroit airport are separated by more than 1 kilometer making inter-terminal transportation necessary. Besides, McNamara terminal is large; therefore the airport provides its passengers with the following free services for easier movement:
Express Tram: you can find this one in concourse A, and it will enable you to access gates at the opposite end. It travels at a speed of up to 30 mph ensuring you do not miss your connecting flight. Passengers are made aware of where they are going by the LED signs and speakers located above each train’s doors that announce which station the passengers are approaching. The stations include:
- Terminal station- it is situated in the center of the concourse and provides easy access to gates A29-A55, ground transportation, check-in, baggage claim and tunnel to concourses B and C.
- South Station-provides access to gates A1-A28
iii. North station– offers access to gates A56-A78.
Currently, the tram is out of service for an upgrade that started in January and will be complete in mid-April. Luckily you have another option
Shuttle: the airport has a free shuttle bus that runs between the terminals. For you to access the terminal-terminal shuttle, you will have to follow the signs to ground transportation then wait in the terminal area for the next shuttle to approach.
It is essential to plan thus avoid missing your connecting flight because you must go through screening before entering the next terminal. Also, since all airlines at Detroit airport provide wheelchair assistance, if you will require that kind of help it is advisable to alert your airline in advance so they can make adequate preparations.
The best place to park once you are at the airport
You want your vehicle to be close by when you come back from your travel and Detroit airport offers safe parking options. You can choose to park at the garages across both terminals, which provide short and long-term parking. If you prefer the McNamara terminal, the garage charges a long-term parking fee of $24 daily, but if you choose the Big Blue Deck at the North Terminal, then you will pay $14 daily for long-term parking.
What if you still are stranded at the airport?
Detroit airport knows that it can be hectic sometimes and they offer airport ambassadors to make your way around the airport much easier. The airport ambassadors are volunteers who go around the airport looking for stranded visitors so they can help them get to where they intend to go. Usually, when there is a large event or during holidays, the airport ambassadors are many since it is then most people will find it hard to navigate through the massive airport.