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Why do flights depart and land at such strange times?
Why do so many flights arrive and depart in the Middle East and India in the middle of the night at times such as 2 AM?
Most of the major Middle Eastern airlines do a ton of business on allowing people to travel from almost any part of the world to another, so transit passengers make up a larger percentage of their business models. Flights are scheduled to maximize connections at their hubs and also ideal for landing elsewhere. For instance, an Emirates passenger could leave New York late one evening, arrive in Dubai the next evening, then connect onwards to Sydney at like 2AM, and land in Sydney that same evening for a full night sleep on the ground.