First of all, I'm a solo traveller and this is my first time. I decided to book a flight online (eticket) with Emirates.com. I'm confused on how to read the time of the flight so for example:

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The time as shown for this flight (BAH to AKL) is 3:45 and the time appears to be in 24-hour format. Now, Does 3:45 here mean (the local time for BAH airport) which is 3:45 AM in 12-hour format?

What about arriving time in which time zone will it be?

I tried to look for an answer in emirates.com. Still nervous and confused, but I'm trying my best not to get lost.

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    yes, it's ALWAYS THE LOCAL TIME at each end.
    – Fattie
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 11:42
  • Thanks, as a side point, I'm wondering if I'll be able to catch the connecting flight because the connection is 4 hours only?
    – soeo
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 12:13
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    Should be no problem to make the connection, 4 hours should be plenty. And even if it wasn't, looks like you're booking it as a single ticket - which means that if you miss the connection because of delays, the airline will rebook you on the next flight.
    – EMotion
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 12:15
  • @EMotion Yes, I'm booking the ticket as a single ticket.
    – soeo
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 12:26
  • Most airline booking sites will give a warning if the connection time is too short. This can vary by airline and airport, but is usually somewhere around 45 minutes. 4 hours is plenty. You'll have time to visit some shops, get some food, possibly even take a nap. Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 17:01

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Times for flights are almost always given as local time in a 24 hour format.

The departure time is given in the timezone of the departing airport and the arrival time is specified in the timezone of the arrival airport.

In your example, the first flight is departing at 03:45 hours in the morning Bahrain time (GMT+3), from Bahrain. It arrives at Dubai (DXB) at 06:00 hours, Dubai time (GMT+4). The next flight departs from Dubai at 10:05 that morning, GMT+4. It arrives in Auckland at 11:10 in the morning on the following day, GMT+13.

The main exception to this is flights departing inside the United States, where times are given in a twelve hour format, with either an "a" to indicate before noon (a from ante meridiem) or a "p" to indicate the afteroon (post meridiem). If there is no letter then it is probably a 24 hour time, what the Americans sometimes call "military time".

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    ... and 12-hour times are almost never written with a leading zero for the hours, so 03:45 is clearly in 24-hour format. Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 11:28
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    It is not so much that flights departing inside the USA use the 12 hour formats, it is more that US based airlines use the 12 hour format.
    – user13044
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 11:47
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    And that the US population in general uses 12-hour format, to such extent that 24-hour time is commonly called military time here, as that's the only place a lot of the public hears it being used. I have several friends who have no idea how to read 24-hour time.
    – bogardpd
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 13:17

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