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From my understanding:

  • Take off is in timezone of airport of departure.
  • Landing is in timezone of airport of arrival.

I fly from Munich at 21:50, and I arrive in Athens at 01:10.

So, I will land in Athens at 01:10. Correct?

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    It depends on what "01:10" mean to you. Dec 21, 2018 at 21:50
  • If it was in timezone of Hellas or timezone of Germany @el.pescado. Both answers, answer my question, thanks!
    – gsamaras
    Dec 22, 2018 at 10:55
  • Are you seeing this at the airport, or online? Because online, they'll often list each time in the time zone of the airport it's talking about. I've never paid enough attention to it while at airports.
    – Joe
    Dec 22, 2018 at 16:04
  • @Joe in my booking's flight details, online.
    – gsamaras
    Dec 22, 2018 at 19:31

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Flight time between the two cities is approximately 2 hours 25 minutes. If the landing timezone was the same as Munich, it would land at around 00:10.

Since the ETA is 01:10 and we know that the time difference between these 2 places is 1 hour (Munich = UTC+1, Athens = UTC+2), it is safe to say that Yes you will land at 01:10 local time in Athens.

This is generally the practice everywhere. Take-off and landing times are almost always displayed in local timezones at the respective airports. I can't seem to find a counter-example so far.

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    I think the only other alternative would be to have times in UTC, but most definitely, on customer-facing info, it's always local time.
    – jcaron
    Dec 21, 2018 at 10:04
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    Maybe there are airports in locations where the de facto and de jure timezone diverge? I remember being confused by the time in far western Texas, and a colleague in Eureka, Nunavut reported that Google and Wikipedia not only disagreed with each other about the local time, but that they were both wrong, too. Also, Russian railways used to display all times nationwide in Moscow time, maybe they used to do the same with flights?
    – gerrit
    Dec 21, 2018 at 13:02
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    Yes it’s quite possible. That’s why I didn’t make a blanket statement that it is always the case :D Dec 21, 2018 at 13:17
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    You could add that usually, when you buy a ticket, the site does not only show you the departure and arrival times, but also the total duration (they do it because it comes in handy if you are flying across several time zones, or if you have layovers). So in general there's no need to find an external website that estimates the flight's duration, as you had to do in this case. Dec 22, 2018 at 0:15
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    Even Russia (where Moscow time is used for train and ship arrival / departure times regardless of timezone) uses the Local Timezone for plane arrival / departure.
    – Bytech
    Dec 22, 2018 at 10:36
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Yes. The time displayed is always the airport local time.

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