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I learned that we should use present simple to talk about schedules. However, if people were to ask me when will my flight leave. How should I respond?

A. My flight will leave at 1:00 pm.

B. my flight leaves at 1:00 pm.

This question is too specific that I can only ask with an example, so I could not find it anywhere on the internet.

Where I learned: https://youtu.be/Z19NAX_gWxI at 8:20

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They mean the same here, it's just a matter of choice.

For present simple, apart from the usage for "the present", such as facts, habits, temporary situations... etc, we can also use it for "the future".

We use the present simple to talk about the future when we are discussing a timetable or a fixed plan.

For instance:

  • What time does the show start?
  • The train arrives at eight.
  • School starts at 7 o'clock. Don't be late!

We can use "will" to talk about future facts.

For instance:

  • The sun will rise at 6:40 tomorrow.
  • The prize will be given to the best player.
  • I will not discuss anything related to politics or religion.

In your example, the flight departure time is both a fixed timetable and a future fact, thus both ways are acceptable.

P.S. There are many different ways to express the same thing.

  1. My flight will leave at 1:00 pm.
  2. My flight leaves at 1:00 pm.
  3. My flight is leaving at 1:00 pm.
  4. My flight is going to leave at 1:00 pm.

Sources

"The train will leave" vs. "is going to leave" vs. "leaves" vs. "is leaving" from ELU Stack Exchange

Using the Future Simple Tense from Oyster English

When Should I Use The Present Simple Tense? from Perfect English Grammar

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