Joe is the travel geek in our house and he loves to figure out flights. If we want to go around the world, what airlines would we have to take and how many stopovers would it involve? It’s like a game to him.
But honestly, sometimes all you want to know, to start, is if you can get a nonstop flight from Point A to Point B.
Of course, if it’s a route you’re already aware of, that’s one thing. Delta has a bajillion flights between Atlanta and Orlando every day. If you’re a Las Vegas fan but live closest to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), you probably already know that JetBlue, American and Delta all offer nonstop flights between the two airports.
But what if you’re looking at an out-of-the-way airport you’ve never been to before and are trying to quickly figure out what airlines offer nonstop service between where you are and it is? Sure, you can look at Google Flights – but they’re not going to include Southwest Airlines. So then what do you do?
That dilemma recently came my way, when I was talking to a friend of mine about visiting her this upcoming April. She lives in Lancaster, PA, about 3 miles from Lancaster Airport (LNS). We’re considering her driving me around, so arriving in Lancaster would be better than my flying into, let’s say, Philadelphia (PHL), which would be close to an hour and a half from her house.
Again, Joe is the travel geek in the house, but he was working late that night and I wanted to do my own initial research. Save for going to each airline, one by one, what was the easiest way to learn the nonstop flights into and out of LNS?
I kid you not. Using LNS as an example, its website (whose tab still has a WordPress logo. Even we changed ours to a modified Your Mileage May Vary logo!) tells you that its airlines include Southern Airways Express and American Airlines (yeah, that’s it. Two of ’em!) but there’s no way to see where those 2 airlines fly nonstop out of LNS, unless you fill in the info on their website as if you were booking a flight.
But if you go to LNS’s Wikipedia page and check under Airlines and Destinations, you’ll see that Southern Airways flies direct to Pittsburgh, Washington-Dulles and, seasonally, Nantucket.
Easy, huh? Almost as easy as the hack to track flights without using an app.
Oh, and American Airlines? As it turns out, they don’t even fly directly to/from LNS. They’ll fly to Philadelphia and then send you on a bus the rest of the way.
You can use Wikipedia to check the non-stop flights of any airport. Here are the cities flights out of Gainesville Regional Airport fly to, non-stop.
American Eagle: Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami
Delta Air Lines: Atlanta
Delta Collection: Atlanta
It works internationally, as well. Here are the results of Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport:
Africa World Airlines – Abuja, Kumasi, Lagos, Takoradi
Air Burkina – Abidjan, Ouagadougou
Air Côte d’Ivoire – Abidjan
Air France – Paris – Charles de Gaulle
Air Peace – Lagos, Monrovia-Roberts
Antigua Airways – Antigua
ASKY Airlines – Banjul, Freetown, Lomé, Monrovia–Roberts
British Airways – London-Heathrow
Brussels Airlines – Brussels
Delta Air Lines – New York-JFK
EgyptAir – Cairo
Emirates – Abidjan, Dubai-International
Ethiopian Airlines – Addis Ababa
Gianair – Obuasi
Kenya Airways – Dakur-Diass, Freetown, Monrovia-Roberts, Nairobi-Jomo Kettyatta
KLM – Amsterdam
Middle East Airlines – Beirut
Passion Air – Kumasi, Sunyani, Takoradi, Tamale, Wa
Qatar Airways – Doha
Royal Air Maroc – Casablanca
RwandaAir – Kigari
South African Airways – Johannesburg-OR Tambo
TAAG Angola Airlines – Luanda
TAP Air Portugal – Lisbon, São Tomé
Turkish Airlines – Istanbul
United Airlines – Washington-Dulles
And obviously, international airports would have lists of their respective non-stop flights that are significantly larger. But you can find them all (regular and seasonal) under that Airlines and Destinations category.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- London Standsted International Airport (STN)
- Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
Easy peasy lemon squeezy, especially for people who aren’t necessarily travel geeks. A quick search of Wikipedia could be an excellent start for researching a future flight.
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