Aviation news analysis
50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Now you can predict delayed flights with this app

Download: Printable PDF Date: 13 Apr 2018 06:45 category:
Publisher:
Now you can predict delayed flights with this app - Airlines publisher
Krista Kuznecova
Aircraft: Airplanes

It‘s less than 10 minutes till your flight is scheduled to leave, yet the boarding has not even begun. Even though it‘s evident that the departure is going to be late, the flight information screen still insists thatyou’llbe taking off on-time. Sounds familiar? Well, you’re not alone. In fact, about 5,000 flights a day are delayedor cancelled, but now you can avoid the waiting and know when your flightis delayedupfront. 

Airlines are often adamant to announce flight delays and usually don’t mind keeping their passengers in the dark until the last minute. While for long we have been left guessing how long it will be before wetake off, Google decided to make our task easier and came up with an app that can predict flight delays.

The company recently updated its Flights service with a new feature that might help us get the information we deserve. In addition to already existing flight ticket reservation service, flight information and confirmed flight disturbances, the app is now also able to predict delays.

Google uses its machine learning algorithms and historic flights status data to predict flight delays. While the results are not always accurate due to limited amount of information collected, the predictions will become better as more data is analysed. For now, the company is 80% sure about its predictions, and it’s still better than nothing. To check out if your flight is delayed, just search for your flight number or flight route, and you’ll get the details in results.

Don’t trust algorithms? No worries, you can always check the status of your flight yourself at numerous flight trackers, such as flightaware.com or flightradar24.com, which provide a livefeed of airborne planes from across the globe. Just type in your flight information andyou’ll be able to see its status, and more importantly, where your aircraftis now.

While knowing that your flight will be late is handy, you shouldn’t forget to make your check-in on time. According to Marius Stonkus, CEO of flight compensation company Skycop, failing to do so might cost you your compensation. 

“If you haven’t completed your check-in at least 45 minutes in advance of your scheduled departure, the airline is not required to pay out your compensation, even if the flight’s late for more than 3 hours. That might mean a loss of up to €600. – Marius Stonkus explained. – So even if your flight is not on time, make sure you’ve checked in.”

Most airlines offer the possibility to check-in to your flight online. This way you are not obliged to present yourself at the airport before the scheduled time. However, if you’re travelling with registered baggage or opted forcheck-inat the airport – you’re out of luck – you’ll still need to be on-time. At least you know what’s waiting.

 

 



Loading comments for Now you can predict delayed flights with this app...


Recommended

Lockheed Martin Launches $30 Million STEM Scholarship Program

Lockheed Martin launched a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) scholarship program for high school and college undergraduate students planning to pursue a major in engineering and compute...

ATR estimates a market of 100 regional turboprop aircraft for Japan up to 2025

ATR presented a product and market update in Tokyo at the occasion of the visit of its new CEO, Stefano Bortoli. Considering market and social-economic trends and developments, ATR estimates a need fo...

Pratt & Whitney Canada Delivers First PW127G Engines Destined for Canadian Fixed-Wing Search & Rescue Operations

Pratt & Whitney Canada announced that it recently started delivering PW127G engines to Airbus Defence and Space in support of Canada's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replaceme...

New initiative of Lithuanian Airports opens additional opportunities for national business and tourism

Generating changes through joint efforts. This is what the new initiative introduced by Lithuanian Airports targets at. Blitz sessions is the name given to the project for attracting new airlines and...