Did You Know Google Has Real-Time Airline Flight Data?

Joel Lee 09-10-2015

Way back in 2011, Google launched a new service called Flights. Despite the fact that there are several dedicated flight search engines 3 Lesser Known Flight Search Engines That Will Help You on Your Quest for Cheap Flights We all know travel websites like Expedia, Kayak and Orbitz, and sometimes these big websites are more than enough. But from all those other smaller websites out there, how do we know which are good... Read More already worth using, Google Flights is actually pretty good and a serious contender.



How does Google have access to live airline flight data? Because it bought ITA Software — the world’s largest airline search company — back in 2010. Using the data from this purchase, Google has managed to do some nifty things.


The most nifty thing is that you can type almost any flight number into Google and it will show you real-time information regarding that flight — including departure times, arrival times, and expected terminals and gates.

So the next time you’re waiting to board a flight or pick up a family member who’s flying in for the weekend, skip the slow-loading airline pages and just turn to Google instead. It’s fast and convenient, just as it should be.


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Did you know about this Google feature? Where do you go when you need airline flight data ASAP? Share with us in the comments below!

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  1. Anonymous
    October 12, 2015 at 12:30 am

    That didn't work. I had to put in "Southwest Flight 123"

  2. Anonymous
    October 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    This does not seem to work. By going to I was able to find price comparisons, but could not find any way to get real time flight information as claimed in the article.

    • Anonymous
      October 10, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Just google the flight number, and it should show real time information. For example, google AC711 or AA234