Minimum connecting times (MCT)

What is minimum connecting times?

Minimum connecting times (MCT) is the amount of time a gateway airport is established as an absolute minimum time required for a passenger to make a connection to continue flight. Select a Cathay Pacific gateways below:

Boston, MA

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

Departures
International Departures, Terminal E
Arrivals
International Arrivals, Terminal E

Minimum connecting time

Route MCT
Domestic to domestic 40 minutes
Domestic to international 60 minutes
International to domestic 90 minutes
International to international 75 minutes

Chicago, IL

Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

Departures
Terminal 5
Arrivals
Terminal 5

Minimum connecting time within ORD

Route MCT
Domestic to domestic 50 minutes
Domestic to international 75 minutes
International to domestic 90 minutes
International to international 90 minutes

Minimum connecting time between ORD and MDW

Route MCT
Domestic to domestic 160 minutes
International to domestic 160 minutes

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Departures
Tom Bradley International Terminal, Departures Level, Aisle B
Arrivals
Tom Bradley International Terminal, Arrivals Level

Minimum connecting time

Route MCT
Domestic to domestic 90 minutes
Domestic to international 90 minutes
International to domestic 120 minutes
International to international 120 minutes

New York City, NY

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Departures
Terminal 7, Departures Level
Arrivals
Terminal 7, Arrivals Level

Minimum connecting time within JFK

Route MCT
Domestic to domestic 60 minutes
Domestic to international 90 minutes
International to domestic 120 minutes
International to international 120 minutes

Minimum connecting time between JFK and EWR (Newark Liberty International Airport)

Route MCT
Domestic to domestic 120 minutes
Domestic to international 150 minutes
International to domestic 150 minutes
International to international 180 minutes

Minimum connecting time between JFK and LGA (LaGuardia Airport)

Route MCT
Domestic to domestic 120 minutes
Domestic to international 150 minutes
International to domestic 150 minutes
International to international 180 minutes

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Departures
Terminal B, Airline Check-In Level 3
Arrivals
Terminal B, Level 3

Minimum connecting time within EWR

Route MCT
Domestic to domestic 60 minutes
Domestic to international 75 minutes
International to domestic 90 minutes
International to international 60 minutes

Minimum connecting time between EWR and LGA (LaGuardia Airport)

Route MCT
Domestic to domestic 180 minutes
Domestic to international 180 minutes
International to domestic 210 minutes
International to international 210 minutes

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Departures
International Terminal, Boarding Area A, Gates A1-A12
Arrivals
International Terminal, Arrivals

Minimum connecting time

Route MCT
Domestic to domestic 50 minutes
Domestic to international 90 minutes
International to domestic 105 minutes
International to international 120 minutes

Toronto, ON

Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

Departures
Terminal 3
Arrivals
Terminal 3

Minimum connecting time, Terminal 1

Route MCT
Domestic to domestic 45 minutes
Domestic to international 75 minutes
International to domestic 90 minutes
International to international 90 minutes

Minimum connecting time, Terminal 3

Route MCT
Domestic to domestic 75 minutes
Domestic to international 105 minutes
International to domestic 105 minutes
International to international 120 minutes

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Departures
International Terminal, International Departures level 3
Arrivals
Proceed to Arrivals Level 2
Airlines and transfer
Terminals map

Minimum connecting time, Terminal 1

Route MCT
Domestic to domestic 45 minutes
Domestic to international 90 minutes
USA to international 90 minutes
International to domestic 120 minutes
International to international 120 minutes
International to USA 120 minutes

Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

Cathay Pacific general minimum connecting time to and from1

Route MCT
Interline 60 minutes
Online 60 minutes
Dragoniar 60 minutes
Codeshare flights 75 minutes

Cathay Pacific specific minimum connecting times

CX to/from MCT
CX to LX 55 minutes
CX / all PRC international carriers1 to/from PRC 90 minutes
CX Taiwan to/from RPC except KA, CA, MU, CZ 120 minutes
CX to/from HX, HU, 3U2 120 minutes
CX to/from BR international to international 90 minutes
CX to/from LY 100 minutes
All to AI 90 minutes
All to KE 90 minutes
UA to/from UA 40 minutes
UA to/from GA 45 minutes
CI to/from CI 50 minutes
CX/DL connects at LAX3 105 minutes
MU arrangement MCT
CX connects MU 60 minutes
MU connects CX, all flights except SHA 90 minutes
MU connects CX, SHA/HKG CX all flights 70 minutes
CZ arrangement MCT
CX connects CZ4 60 minutes
CZ connects CX 90 minutes
CA arrangement MCT
CX / CA5 60 minutes
CZ connects CX 90 minutes

Cathay Dragon minimum connecting times6

KA to/from MCT
Standard MCT at HKG 60 minutes
KA to/from KA 50 minutes
KA to/from CX 50 minutes
KA to/from CX codeshare flights 60 minutes
KA to/from CX codeshare flights (CX operations) 50 minutes
KA to/from KA codeshare flights 60 minutes
KA to/from KA codeshare flights (CX operations) 50 minutes
KA to/from N8, UO 120 minutes
KA Taiwan to/from RPC, RPC carriers 60 minutes
CI Taiwan to/from RPC KA 60 minutes
BR Taiwan to/from RPC KA (PVG and PEK only) 60 minutes
BR Taiwan to/from RPC KA (except PVG and PEK) 90 minutes
KA to/from CZ 60 minutes