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Frontier Removes Departure Times from Boarding Passes

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For better or worse, it doesn’t seem like Frontier Airlines is afraid to try new things. The carrier’s latest move is a bit puzzling on the surface, but it may just end up helping to speed up the boarding process. Frontier has decided to only list the time that boarding begins and the time that the door closes on boarding passes — generally, the door is closed 10 minutes before the set departure time. Frontier is the first major US airline to make this change to its boarding pass.

Frontier’s boarding passes will no longer list a departure time. Courtesy of Shutterstock.

Frontier’s spokesman tells USA Today that ideally the change will help get flights out more quickly — with only the boarding and door-close time listed, passengers won’t show up at the departure time and expect to board a flight. According to FlightStats, the carrier’s current on-time arrival performance rate is just 74%, which is below airlines such as American, Delta and United. It might be a long shot, but if all goes according to plan, the new boarding pass will hopefully improve the airline’s on-time departure ranking.

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H/T: USA Today

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