How Airlines Decide Where to Fly

  • Published: 02 April 2019
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Comments • 2 152

  • jk484
    jk484  19 hours back

    1.4m people searching for flights between London and Kochi sounds insane

    • Vittorio Nigrelli
      Vittorio Nigrelli  2 days back

      lol, Wendover moved London slightly farther north (1:46)

      • X Ginger
        X Ginger  3 days back

        Haha London is in manchester

        • Sajanpreet Singh
          Sajanpreet Singh  3 days back

          Roses are red,
          Violets are blue,
          The guy loves planes,
          So do you.

          • Sajanpreet Singh
            Sajanpreet Singh  3 days back

            Edinburgh is not pronounced "edinburah".It is pronounced "Eddinburg"

            • Nehaal v gopal
              Nehaal v gopal  3 days back

              4:44 London and Kochi? That weird

              • n40798
                n40798  3 days back

                I wonder what would be the price for a direct flight between London and Auckland

                • MrYzeng
                  MrYzeng  6 days back

                  Sfo has way more international flights to Auckland, Frankfurt, Taipei, and Seoul.

                  • bhsbass
                    bhsbass  1 weeks back

                    American airlines direct flight from Auckland New Zealand to Los Angeles was cancelled as well.

                    • C9rdelia
                      C9rdelia  1 weeks back

                      why did he say Birmingham like birmin ing am 😭 its Birming ham

                      • Master Ed
                        Master Ed  1 weeks back

                        its easier to build a canon like the germans did and shoot people to their destination

                        • Master Ed
                          Master Ed  1 weeks back

                          I wouldn't advise to hit air particles

                      • Mirza Ahmed
                        Mirza Ahmed  1 weeks back

                        9:24 WOW Air has stopped flying to everywhere else.

                        • Mirza Ahmed
                          Mirza Ahmed  1 weeks back

                          You're not supposed to pronounce the h in Birmingham.

                          • SAMUEL LEE
                            SAMUEL LEE  1 weeks back

                            I don’t get why Beijing is the 7th biggest city in the world.

                            • M Detlef
                              M Detlef  1 weeks back

                              RETARD REFUSES to say how many PASSENGERS short the route was.

                              • Aplusmaster22
                                Aplusmaster22  2 weeks back

                                The only thing United is good at lmao

                                • cool roblox fan
                                  cool roblox fan  2 weeks back

                                  The Americans say Birmingham 🤣

                                  • Alexander Theruviparambil Joseph

                                    When ya Malayalees see kochi for lots of people flying from one place to another 😃

                                  • Uttam Sharma
                                    Uttam Sharma  2 weeks back

                                    Land 2 unite is far omplex?

                                    • Uttam Sharma
                                      Uttam Sharma  2 weeks back

                                      Still economies failed by sending best before anything.

                                      • Uttam Sharma
                                        Uttam Sharma  2 weeks back

                                        Dreamland southpole 3.

                                        • Uttam Sharma
                                          Uttam Sharma  2 weeks back

                                          Use more minds.

                                          • Uttam Sharma
                                            Uttam Sharma  2 weeks back

                                            Do not fly. Rest assured.

                                            • Glxph Logan
                                              Glxph Logan  2 weeks back

                                              1:39 Same percentage of people they throw off the plane

                                              • Awful Falafel
                                                Awful Falafel  3 weeks back

                                                3:48 I think that's kamloops...

                                                • David Cho
                                                  David Cho  3 weeks back

                                                  Good video. There's a lot of non-stop flights that I don't understand.

                                                  • Tyler Ahrens
                                                    Tyler Ahrens  3 weeks back

                                                    Oregon isnt in canada

                                                    • RandomGuineaPig Aviation

                                                      4:39 420k people search for delhi to akl??? thats enough for 2 daily a380s!!!!!! that cant be right akl has 1 a380 a day and no direct flights to India! 42k seems more realistic

                                                      • Saifullah A
                                                        Saifullah A  4 weeks back

                                                        Very interesting and informative video

                                                        • Royal Army
                                                          Royal Army  4 weeks back

                                                          So google and other websites sell consumer's data to aviation industry?

                                                          • William Cosgrove
                                                            William Cosgrove  4 weeks back

                                                            RIP WOW Air press f to pay respect

                                                            • Evgenii Stepanov
                                                              Evgenii Stepanov  1 months back


                                                              • Hayden Lamb
                                                                Hayden Lamb  1 months back

                                                                The United LAX-SIN flight also had payload issues

                                                                • Dan
                                                                  Dan  1 months back

                                                                  What is the job title of the people that decide where airlines fly? I swear it would be my dream job. Can 35-year olds change careers? About 5 years ago I wanted to do a degree in Aviation Management and say goodbye to my current career. I chickened out. Fool.

                                                                  • MoreChannelNoise
                                                                    MoreChannelNoise  1 months back

                                                                    They also need to make bertter decisions on where NOT to fly, or fly over, as in the Ukraine disaster.

                                                                    • Jason Lam
                                                                      Jason Lam  1 months back

                                                                      Like this video but seriously ROUT!?

                                                                      • G Klingbergs
                                                                        G Klingbergs  1 months back

                                                                        I disagree that non-stop routes cost more. Maybe for international travel but NOT domestic. It's cheaper for me to fly NS SFO-CLE than a stop over. This also applies to budget airlines like SWA.

                                                                        • Murray Mclellan
                                                                          Murray Mclellan  1 months back

                                                                          If Iwas flying LAX To Singapore it would be SIA as they're a full service airline with good cabin service and not United. American carriers have a not good reputation outside America.

                                                                          • Thomas Wieser
                                                                            Thomas Wieser  1 months back

                                                                            I'm Austrian/Polish American and when I travel to my ancestral homelands I try to fly one of the respective flag airlines.

                                                                            • somerican pillar
                                                                              somerican pillar  1 months back


                                                                              • Adog828
                                                                                Adog828  1 months back

                                                                                I live in Oregon so that's means I'm Canadian? 🤔 southwest Oregon regional?! Wtf the only major airport in Oregon is portland (PDX)

                                                                                • thegamefree1
                                                                                  thegamefree1  1 months back

                                                                                  OTH is in north bend and only airlines they have are United airlines. i also didn't know we had a Southwest Oregon regional airport.

                                                                              • Red Pilled Dominican
                                                                                Red Pilled Dominican  2 months back

                                                                                Tahiti *morgan heavily breathing*

                                                                                • Alexander Wasley
                                                                                  Alexander Wasley  2 months back

                                                                                  Does anyone know what airport that is at 9:48?

                                                                                  • GrumpyGoomba9
                                                                                    GrumpyGoomba9  2 months back

                                                                                    1:46 - London isn't there...

                                                                                    • David Endara
                                                                                      David Endara  2 months back

                                                                                      The AA route from Dallas to Quito, was reestablished today. 2019. 08. 20

                                                                                      • Thanh Vu
                                                                                        Thanh Vu  2 months back

                                                                                        great vid, but kinda American-centric (you know, there are other countries in the world too). A lot of these routes only have 1 sole US airlines because there're fierce competition from the destination airliners, like Asian carriers like Cathay or Singapore blows any US airlines out of the water instantly.

                                                                                        • Iam Kamara
                                                                                          Iam Kamara  2 months back

                                                                                          Keep up the good work. Kenya Airways didn't really think through their decision to have DAILY DIRECT flights from Nairobi to New York.

                                                                                          • TheLegend
                                                                                            TheLegend  2 months back

                                                                                            close up landings of this video is YVR Vancouver Canada