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List By Destination Or Departure Time?  
User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

I noticed that EWR airport (and possibly other US airports) lists departures by destination rather than by departure time, which seems more common.

Anybody have any thoughts on this? Personally I find it a little confusing though I guess you could get used to it.

Geoff M.

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User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2690 times:

I prefer listing by destination. Especially when you are in transfer it's easier to find your flight on the screen when listed alphabetically by destination then by departure time. Due to time differences and the fact that you can be tired, I tend to "forget" my departure time or confuse it with boarding time, whereas you always know where you are going.

User currently offlineExPedia From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

I think the rationale there is to have consistency with arrival and departure display - and often people picking up arriving pax don't know the flight number or exact time the inbound machine is coming in, but always know where they pax are coming from. So this makes it easier for them, and as a result, for consistency, the departure list works the same way.

-- ExPedia
User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3792 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2660 times:

As far as I've experienced, most major US airports do this. I suppose the purpose is to easier let people find their flight.

I can see how this might work, but I annoys me so when I get of a transatlantic flight in the US, all disoriented and tired, and try to find my connecting flight, look at a screen where I can see one or two flight departing around the same time as my own, and only see flight to New Orleans! And then, of course, it dawns on me, and I feel stupid.

I much prefer the European (And rest of the world's, I might add  banghead  ) way of doing it.


Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineEDDM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

Hmm, never heard of this before. I think it's a great idea, though. Passengers don't need a list sorted by departure time anyway. Who cares what other flights will be leaving at the same time as the flight I'm on?

User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6461 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2642 times:

My two most travelled airports, MDW and MCI, do things differently (if I remember correctly). MCI does it by time, and MDW by destination. I much prefer doing it by destination.

User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1447 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2639 times:

I prefer by city....that way people do not get confused if flight gets delayed then they won't know which one is which...and unlike us most traveler just go to the gate that has their city on the screen and do not check if it is the correct flight number until they are standing in line waiting to board

Most people are able to remember what city they are going to instead of their actual departure time

User currently offlineEDDM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2638 times:

Quoting Venezuela747 (Reply 6):
Most people are able to remember what city they are going to instead of their actual departure time


User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4296 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

Destination for me, I agree.. I used it in IAD was far easier to find Burlington VT then list through the flights going at 4:45pm
-Mr. X

What now?
User currently offlineExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2584 times:

Destination's definitely the better way to do it, especially for boards that show more than one airline's flights. Can't recall ever having seen a board in the US that was by time, at least not in the last decade or so.

User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2582 times:

I think destination makes more sense especially in the old days, when you'll book a later flight and get to the airport early and try to hop on an earlier one. This way you know what's ahead and can ask about them, whereas trying to look for a flight that goes to the same destination on the same airline but sorted by time can be nearly impossible at a busy airport.

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