How To Determine Nonstop Flights Available From An Airport

I suspect this is something that many of you are aware of, though I just realized I’ve never really written about it, so I figured it was at least worth a quick mention.

On a near daily basis I’m curious to see what nonstop flights exist out of an airport, and on what airlines (yes, I probably spend too much time planning trips). For example, I’m about to book an Air Italy business class ticket from New York to Milan, but I don’t actually want to visit Milan, since I was just there last month. So I’m curious to see what nonstop flights exist out of Milan Malpensa Airport, so that I could maybe get some inspiration. I like to avoid connecting within Europe whenever possible, since it’s not the most pleasant region for flying.

Typically if you Google something like “nonstop flights from Milan Malpensa Airport,” one of the first results will be SkyScanner, which lists the airlines that fly out of the airport… sort of. It doesn’t list the routes, and it also lists airlines that codeshare on flights to the airport (meaning those airlines don’t actually fly there), so it’s of limited use, in my opinion.

If you want to see what nonstop flights are available out of an airport, your best bet is always to go to the airport’s Wikipedia page. Scroll down to the section for “Airlines and destinations,” and you’ll get an awesome chart listing all the destinations from the airport, by airline. For example, here’s the page for Milan Malpensa Airport.

Since this is Wikipedia the information might not be 100% accurate (that’s true of just about anything on the internet), but I find it to be pretty spot on almost all the time.

Like I said, I suspect this is something many of you are familiar with. However, this is a tool that I use in my travel planning all the time, yet I don’t mention it the same way I mention Google Flights, ITA Matrix, etc.

Anyone else love the Wikipedia airport pages for figuring out nonstop flights, or is there another resource I should be using?

Comments

  1. I miss the days when Wikipedia had terminal info for each of the airlines from each airport, too.

  2. or you can just go to airport website and check departures or arrivals board for some inspiration, I use flight radar application and you can check it quickly on small or medium size airports

  3. I like using skyscanner’s fly “anywhere” function from a certain city. Not only does it give you the ability to choose non-stop flights only, but it also gives you the cheapest price by month or specific date.

  4. Many airports’ own websites have this information as well, either as a list or as a route map. I use google to search for “nonstops from (airport code).” and 9 times of 10, the first result is a page from the airport’s own website.

  5. I‘m doing Route Development for an airline. My first view still often is on flightconnections.com.
    You can see which and when a Destination is served.
    You can also filter for a specific Airline.
    I like the fact it is shown on a map, so you can just poke around.

  6. I always use Google Flights where you can select an airport, select “nonstop only,” then go to the “explore map” where you can see all the options. You may have to zoom in to see all options. This is also helpful because you can isolate by airline or alliance as well.

  7. I just use FR24. It tells me the routes that are operated, the airlines and days of the week/number of daily flights. Never considered Wikipedia, but might now!

  8. Another trick that’s even faster (and potentially more accurate): in the address/search bar of your browser (with default set to Google), type “flight time from XXX”, without quote marks, with XXX being the airport code. You’ll see a list of all cities with nonstop service. Seasonal routes are only shown if they’re currently operating, though.

  9. Like commenter bill notes above, I really miss when Wiki used to also list the full terminal info for all airlines and destinations. It was super helpful and I was bummed when they deleted it all.

  10. Have been using Wikipedia for quite awhile and was wondering if you used it as well haha, guess you do!

  11. Another vote for flightconnections.com

    Best by far

    Not only can you figure out all nonstop from an airport…
    Also 1 stops

    You can also see all the routes that a specific airline flies.
    You can also filter by alliance

  12. I think the best resource is Kayak. Check out kayak.com/direct/ABC (replace ABC with the airport code you’re looking up). It shows every flight, with codeshares, for a given month. Excellent tool!

  13. I like to use ITA Matrix. For destination, select a close airport or an airport around the region you think you want to go. Then select ‘Nearby’ and add all airports within 2000 miles ((or less if you don’t want to travel that) far. Then select nonstop only and you will get a good idea. I also add the -codeshare option to make the result set smaller and more manageable. It’s not perfect as you may not see flights that operate on a different day but you can do +- 2 days which will get you close. This also gives you a sense of times and prices.

  14. This has been my go-to source. They also use to have a terminal column as well, which was nice.

  15. The big problem with Wikipedia is that it’s only in text format. It’s so much easier to visualize the data if you can see it mapped on a world map.

    I’ve used a number of different resources for this over the years:

    1. Kayak Direct Flights – lists codeshares though so that’s annoying: Here’s an example for HKG: https://www.kayak.com/direct/HKG/2018-08

    This Kayak feature also has a map function which is what I usually use. Click “Show Routes on Map”

    I wish Kayak allowed us to do two things:

    -Ability to remove the $$$ price boxes and just see airport codes that have direct flights
    -For both the List and Map view it would be useful if we could limit the results to certain geographic areas…i.e. plug in your home airport and then see all direct flights to Europe or all direct flights to Asia, etc.

    2. Airportzz worked well too but their website no longer appears to exist so I guess they shut down 🙁

    3. The first tool I ever used was from this flyertalk thread: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travel-tools/759472-airline-route-mapper-tool-windows-based-19.html

    Unfortunately the original creator has been MIA for years and the tool is in need of an update. Recently a FT’er took it upon himself to update the tool and recently released it. I haven’t downloaded it yet so I dunno if it’s as good as the original was.

  16. Excellent!! Very helpful. I assume that means they have non-stop arrivals from the same destinations ?

    I was just wondering last night the best way to figure out where American flies to in Europe from Ord. American website useless.

    I am trying to get to Bilbao and would like to know which major airports in Europe have direct flights into that airport.

    Note that I find most airport websites next to useless now. Almost impossible to find a simple arrivals board.

  17. How can I find the best dollar per mile, first class on Alaska? Looking for a mileage run.

  18. Hey Lucky, most of the times your aviation knowledge is spot on. But this time around with using an airport’s wiki table, may I politely point out that the destinations listed are NOT nonstop, but rather “direct” flights.

    Example: If you look up Bush [IAH]’s wiki, you’ll see SQ destinations listed as Manchester (UK), and Singapore. That doesn’t mean there’s one flight that flies directly to Singapore from Houston and another that flies to Manchester. Rather it’s the same a/c that flies to Manchester first, then tags onward to SIN.

  19. Wikipedia recently had a fight where someone wanted to and did change it so that all the commuter airlines would show up under the big airline’s brand. For example, it might say “United Airlines – Wausau, WI; Bloomington, IL; Lexington, KY.”

    Wikipedia is lousy because they have anonymous volunteers, called administrators. Wikipedia has been known to hack your computer because they give volunteers a lot of your information, like IP data and more. Wikipedia is useful on one hand but very evil on the other.

    Also politicians pay people to “edit” Wikipedia and try to ban opponents.

  20. ExpertFlyer.com has a Flight Timetable tool which will show all direct flights departing from AND arriving to an airport on a specific day. It’s part of the Premium service which has a 5 day free trial.

  21. Yep, airport wiki’s are best for this – 1especially useful in small airports/overseas.

  22. I just type in ”flights timetable MXP“ in the Google search bar and it lists me all the direct connections too 🙂

  23. Hey Ben,

    I always check wikipedia airport pages for reference, but I always cross-reference my searches: ITA Matrix, then Google Flights, then Momondo, and then Skyscanner (especially for internal European flights)

    Travel a LOT between London and Denver, and now with BA, Lufthansa (FRA & MUC), Icelandic, now Edelweiss, Norwegian, and United, it’s good – but not great. Always looking for the best option – hoping Emirates joins the team – I think it may be worth LON-DBX-DEN if that becomes available. Wouldn’t you?

  24. @Lucky, I’d love to find a tool that lets me search by destination. In other words, if I want to find the cheapest flight from Europe (anywhere in Europe) to Boston, where can I look? I know Google flights has the inverse (I.e. where in Europe can I fly cheapest from Boston), but it’s often the other way around that I would most useful. Thoughts?

  25. I’m a little confused at why everyone is pushing resources that are clearly inferior to wiki in that they only show you flights that are currently operating, not those that operate on different days or different seasons.

  26. I use Wikipedia for this purpose a lot as well.

    Does anyone know why Wikipedia eliminated the terminal information?

    Lucky, can you please clarify what you mean about Europe not being the most pleasant region for flying and why this is the case?

  27. I use flightstats.com as flights vary by day, so it’s ideal to look at a similar day of the week. You can also then browse in time order, as you are unlikely to arrive in time for every departure.

  28. airport website isn’t reliable . . . for example, MIA’s site lists a DL flight to AMS . . . which doesn’t “really” exist . . . that flight # goes to JFK first, and then continues to AMS, but on a different aircraft

  29. It doesn’t list all of them. I went to Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat airport page on Wikipedia to see if they had the non-stop Aeroflot flight from Vietnam to Irkutsk that I took last year, and they didn’t have it listed. There were other destinations in Russia that I saw flights to when I looked last year, and they were not listed either.

  30. Stay in Milan – I’ll take you out for dinner and tell you all the about wonders of frequent flying out of Milan.
    Ps
    I’m Lufthansa Senator, Alitalia freccia alata Plus, British airways Gold, Air France Platinum and Emirates gold and based in Milan 😉

  31. I think wikipedia is a great starting place! I use it as well but nowadays i like flightradar24 and seeing the departure/arriving board of different airports (especially small ones).

  32. I use Google Flights map with flexible dates (within 6 months), like this – https://www.google.com.au/flights#flt=ADD..2018-07-25;c:AUD;e:1;s:0;sd:0;er:-195843422.-1018457031.588457454.538964844;t:e;tt:o
    And sometimes Wikipedia as Google doesn’t have all airlines (nor Wikipedia with routes…)

  33. Wikipedia in other languages is much better presented, particularly the Spanish wikipedia. It has tables by country (with country flags, which makes it less of an eyesore) and by airline. However, the English wikipedia is the most up to date, usually.

  34. Map.variflight.com

    It show all schedule and charter non stop and stop flight under same flight number

  35. I didn’t find Wikipedia accurate the first few times I used it to figure out nonstop flights, so I stopped trying. Now I just use the interactive route maps on airline and alliance websites.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *