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10 December 2011 at 03:03 |
What about Dubai, isn't that in Asia? Also, don't Emirates now do Newcastle to Dubai flights? Which ones go to Gatwick, and which to Heathrow? It would be more useful to show which London airports are used, also, don't Air Asia X do cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur from Stansted?
21 December 2011 at 22:57 |
Your map doesn't show if those new flights to Vietnam go from Heathrow or Gatwick?
22 December 2011 at 01:08 |
It says in an inset below that they operate from Gatwick, but I agree, a text box is no substitute for a map which distinguishes between Gatwick and Heathrow, which the next version will do, due late this week.
08 January 2012 at 21:59 |
Why do you have flights showing to tiny Brunei, when these aren't even direct - but you make no mention of flights to Jakarta or Manila, two of Asia's greatest emerging metropoli?
08 January 2012 at 22:36 |
We don't decide the airline routes, we just stick them on our maps and provide route listing tables. The reasons behind which routes work and which ones don't is a complex mix of business and geopolitics. I actually flew to Brunei on this route 20 years ago, and it operated via Singapore and Dubai. As the flights continue on the same aircraft, they count as a direct route. Despite their size, I'm afraid there are no direct flights to either Indonesia or the Philippines from the UK, so we don't include them.
25 January 2012 at 18:46 |
I'm looking at
flights to Bangkok
from Birmingham in March, but the best prices are via Amsterdam and Guangzhou - or Dubai and Hong Kong. Guangzhou isn't on your map, but isn't it pretty much the same location as Hong Kong - this all seems a long way round. To get a more 'sensible' routing, I can just go via Amsterdam with KLM, but these flights are nearly Â£150 more. Any suggestions?
25 January 2012 at 20:58 |
Tom - the map only shows the direct routes, so we don't feature Guangzhou yet as the only Chinese cities with
flights from London
are Shanghai and Beijing (+ Hong Kong SAR).
The routes you mention are all a very long way round to get to Bangkok. Bear in mind that there are four airlines offering flights to Bangkok from London - this is as much due to the 'Kangaroo' route as it is to any other reason. I really don't think it is worth the expense and hassle to take
flights from Birmingham
in this scenario - you will find much better convenience and value if you go from London.
26 January 2012 at 01:19 |
Correction - China Southern are starting
flights to Guangzhou
in March - although this doesn't change the advice I gave.
04 February 2012 at 02:04 |
I'm surprised that you have direct flights to Dhaka in Bangladesh - and even
flights from Manchester
going there - but nothing to Kolkata (Calcutta) - surely they are similar sized cities with an equally large demand for flights from the UK - or London at least?
29 May 2012 at 20:40 |
3 years ago we flew from LHR to Kuala Lumpur and I am sure we did not fly over China as shown on your map.
We approached KL from the west coast of Malaysia flying over Penang.
Has this changed in the 3 years?
29 May 2012 at 20:51 |
Nothing has changed. The purpose of our maps is to give an indication of which airlines fly where, not to provide an accurate plot of the route you are likely to take. We aim to do for direct flights what the tube map does for London - just show how cities are linked by flight routes.
If you want to see the course you would be likely to take, I suggest looking at flight tracker type sites. Even they can only show the route being flown at the time, as flight routes are always subject to changes due to the weather and other factors.
30 July 2012 at 21:29 |
Is it possible to see a flight route that doesn't have UK airports as origins or destinations?
02 August 2012 at 22:43 |
Sorry, not on our maps. We only deal in flights from, to or within the UK and Ireland.
16 October 2012 at 20:07 |
I am doing coursework for aerospace engineering, it has been asked in the coursework to set up a business plan for a G-550 Gulfstream private jet. Part of the coursework asks if you could take a client from
, to an airport in Japan or Houston without stopping, there are no direct routes to Japan from Manchester and I was wondering whether it is legal, or do most companies not have the range? It is within the jets range.
17 October 2012 at 19:55 |
There are numerous factors which determine which airline operate to which destinations, and range is only one factor. So to answer your question, just because an airline does not operate a particular route, does not mean it is out of range of a particular jet aircraft. Your other factor would be the ability of the departure and arrival airports to handle the jet concerned. This is much less of an issue with a business jet, as they do not need anything like the same amount of runway length to take off and land.
Your final point would be whether or not the airports at each end would accept business jets, and whether there are any customs formalities, such as clearing immigration at the first available port of entry, which might be somewhere like Bangor, Maine, in the case of the USA.
As a general rule, airports which are less busy commercially are more likely to handle business jets, although you could check commercial rates for this on each respective airport's website. So MAN-HOU (Hobby Airport) is 4729m, using gcmap.com
Japanese airports are notoriously over-crowded due to their lack of land, and landing fees are astronomical. However, your question was whether or not the flight would be physically possible, so I'll let you work out the business plan. I'd avoid either of the Tokyo airports if you can. Osaka Itami might be less busy, but still relatively central for the industrial areas around the Kansai region. That's 5856 miles. I make full range for a G550 7758 miles.
The only city outside London that has been rumoured to get flights to Houston is Aberdeen, because of the oil industry. It would be likely that a small jet would be used for this service, quite possibly with business class only seats, to improve range. Flights from Manchester to Las Vegas, which is a similar distance, are widely available. Japan is simply too far east to make flights to Tokyo or Osaka likely to be viable from Manchester.
flights to Hong Kong
were due to start a few years ago, but the route never materialised. This route would have had a stop in Moscow, although that would have been for commercial reasons, as it was not technically necessary.
flights to Singapore
from Manchester also operate via Munich, again to plug into the Star Alliance hub there. There have been suggestions this route might operate non-stop at some stage. Flights to Bangkok would also be technically feasible, especially with a continuation to Australia, but for now, the emerging market for this route is via the Middle East.
If you look at the existing commercial routes, you will almost always see that they are driven by commercial considerations, not simply by flying to the furthest point an aircraft can go. When you fly at these extremes, you need to take on more fuel for the latter stages of the journey, so you end up carrying extra fuel just to cater for this extra payload. That is why the longest flights in the world (eg
flights to New York
from Singapore) are business class only.
James, I hope that gives you some insight into the differences between private jet and commercial operations. Please let me know how you get on, James.
28 October 2012 at 17:49 |
Nice site - very clear and concise.
Don't know if you can help with what is perhaps a stupid question but of all the airports geographically located between Shanghai and Singapore which is the cheapest one to fly into from the UK?
I'm going to visit my brother in Shanghai but I want to take in as much as Asia as possible whilst I'm there and I'm trying to work out a route which will either start or finish in Shanghai.
12 November 2012 at 00:24 |
I'm sorry but I can't give you a direct answer to that question, as it depends on seasonal factors as well as distances and demand. As a general rule, competition is strongest on flights to Hong Kong and Bangkok, so I'd check there first. For onward travel, most of the main Asian cities are now also hubs for low cost airlines, so I'd base your decision around the places you want to see most, rather than just flight cost. For example, if you can get to KL cheaply (sadly, much harder now Air Asia X have pulled out of Europe), you have plenty of onward options in the low cost terminal. Downtown KL is also well worth a visit, or you could stay for longer and head up to Penang and Langkawi.
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