Nonstop and direct flights have a slight difference in meaning
Long-haul flights are becoming shorter and more expansive as the travel industry finds new ways to keep planes in the air for longer.
Many flights are also skipping a stopover when it comes to flying to keep the plane in the air for longer.
But when booking a flight, passengers may see the words “nonstop” and “direct” when choosing to fly a long distance.
What is the difference between the two?
A nonstop flight goes directly to an airport without stopping at all on the journey
A nonstop flight goes directly to an airport without stopping at all on the journey.
For example, a flight that travels all the way from London to Dubai will stay in the air for the entire duration of the journey.
This then means that passengers, many who book the flight for the ease of travel, don’t have to stop anywhere in between.
The difference comes with a direct flight.
Direct flights still stop, yet passengers stay on the aircraft
Many might think a direct flight is the same, but the main difference is that it still does stop in the way.
The difference between a direct flight and a connecting flight, however, is that passengers do not leave the aircraft to connect to a second, different flight in the airport.
Instead, they remain seated unless other passengers debark or other passengers choose to get on.
Therefore, whist a direct flight is heading to the destination without a change, it does require a stop to pick up passengers as well as refuel.
It is called a direct flight, as the flight number does not change.
Qatar Airways is hoping to create the longest nonstop flight in the world
Nonstop flights will always be preferred to travel by to prevent the hassle of changing.
Long-haul airlines are continuing to find ways to keep flights in the air for much longer.
Qatar Airways successfully launched the worlds longest nonstop flight from Doha to Auckland in just over 17 hours.
They now want to launch the longest nonstop flight from London to Sydney in just 20 hours.
The 10,856-mile journey would be the longest in the world without a stopover.