We're doing everything possible to help air travelers cope with the growing problem of flight delays and cancellations
Portland, OR (PRWEB) April 21, 2008
Air travelers whose flights have been cancelled or diverted can now greatly improve their chances of finding a seat on the next available flight thanks to a flight availability service from FlightStats.com and mobile.flightstats.com. FlightStats' availability service will show available seats by class and cabin on planes that are either at a nearby gate or soon to arrive.
A growing number of flight cancellations and missed connections leave travelers few choices other than to stand in endless queues or wait on hold for airline call center operators to book an alternative flight. However, with airlines flying at or near capacity, there are rarely enough alternative seats available to accommodate everyone affected. The few available seats usually go to those who know where to look and move quickly to book them.
Tech-savvy travelers can now get to the head of the line using a combination of flight status alerts and next flight out availability search from FlightStats. FlightStats offers the most accurate flight status information available and delivers it faster to those who subscribe to email or text-to-mobile alerts. Now when travelers receive their cancellation notice or experience a delay that will cause a missed connection, they can check for immediate availability on FlightStats.com or on their web-connected mobile phone at mobile.flightstats.com.
The new services are can be found our FlightStats Web and Mobile Web sites as follows:
While most flight search engines are optimized to search for the lowest fares, the FlightStats availability engine is focused on showing what's available now by fare class and cabin. You can see what seats can be purchased for flights that may be sitting at a gate nearby and what's coming in over the next few hours. Business travelers can also use the engine to assess the odds of an upgrade by checking how many first class seats are empty on available flights.
There are two levels of availability search on FlightStats.com. The basic search simply requires a departing airport, an arrival airport, and a date /time range selection. An optional advanced search lets travelers specify an airline, exclude or force connections, specify a fare class and cabin (first, business, or coach). The mobile "Next Available Flight" service simply requires a departure and arrival airport code.
"Our new availability search is really tailored to the needs of travelers threatened with a failing itinerary, particularly business travelers for whom the need for an on-time arrival trumps cost," said David White, VP of business development at FlightStats. "We're doing everything possible to help air travelers cope with the growing problem of flight delays and cancellations," he added.
FlightStats.com has emerged to become the best source for real time information on global commercial flight status - helping business and leisure travelers make good choices and cope with ever-worsening travel conditions. FlightStats publishes data from a variety of sources, including travelers themselves, to paint an accurate picture of current travel conditions for the entire airline network, delays at specific airports and the status of specific flights world wide. The company tracks over 150,000 flights each day amassing a wealth of data on real time and historical flight performance. Visit FlightStats at http://www.flightstats.com or http://mobile.flightstats.com.