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Departing Fargo Early Morning  
User currently offlineKrje1980 From Norway, joined Feb 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 14 hours ago) and read 1682 times:

Hello!

I have a 6:05 a.m. flight out of Fargo bound for Chicago on May 25th, and I just wondered what time I ought to be at the airport. Given that Fargo is a small airport and the flight is a domestic one, I would figure that one hour before should be enough. However, I'd like to get some input from the more experienced travellers who have been travelling across the US. I know that safety rules and procedures are taken quite seriously, so I would not risk losing my plane by arriving too late at the airport. Still, since the flight is so early in the morning, I'd prefer to sleep as long as possible as well! Any info would be appreciated!

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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8193 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 14 hours ago) and read 1674 times:

I figure 40 minutes or so before boarding is plenty. Figure a 6 oclock flight will board at 540, go for 5 o'clock. So yeah, an hour should be fine.


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User currently offlineKaniksu From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 14 hours ago) and read 1668 times:

An hour is sufficient for about any airline or airport that I have been to. Once you're at the airport you are usually fine. It's calculating the driving time that you need to worry about. I missed my last flight out of SoCal because of that.

User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4037 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 14 hours ago) and read 1655 times:

I always give myself an hour, but even 40 minutes at FAR should be fine. It's not a busy airport by any standard. I was dropped off late there, only about 30 minutes before departure in fact, and I still made my flight.

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 14 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

An hour will be more than enough...that ORD flight is the only one leaving within 50 minutes of another flight (NW has a 0700 Airbus over to MSP; UA has a 0655 CRJ to DEN), so lines at security and check-in will be minimal...I'd say in this case arriving at the airport around 0515 should be more than enough to check-in, clear security, grab a paper and a bite to eat, sit in the gate area for a few minutes and then board.

Jeff


User currently offlineKrje1980 From Norway, joined Feb 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 14 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

OK, thanks for the info everyone.

I will be staying at a hotel relatively close to the airport the night before leaving, and, if I remember correctly, the hotel offers a shuttle service to the airport as well. I'm pretty sure traffic is light that early in the morning, so I'll leave the hotel around 5 a.m. then.

Again, thanks!


User currently offlineDreamflight767 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 1620 times:
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Yeah, if you just have carry ons and you use the automated check-in with no special requirements, 30 to 40 will be enough.

I flew out of FAR at least 6 times since last August.

Aaron


User currently offlineILCFII From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 1620 times:

Fargo only has one security checkpoint but since you are leaving on the early flight it will be a pretty short line at security. Since, the gate is only an earshot from the security checkpoint I have seen them hold the plan because they knew they still had passengers left to get on the plane. Your plan to leave the hotel around 5am is a good plan as their is some road construction around the airport vicinity at this point.

User currently offlineDreamflight767 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 1620 times:
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PS....the terminal is closed between 12AM & 4AM.

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