Airline and Airport Routes API

Airline and airport routes API

We provide access to our API of airline and airport routes. This gives you data about every aviation route in the world together with information about the arrival and departure as well as data on the airplane and the airports and airlines related to it. We obtain the data from hundreds of sources from airports and airlines all over the world and compile it into one central data point from our server. The system prepares the updates automatically constantly and in case of any alerts, we maintain manual contact with the data providers to make sure everything is actual. Our server is based in Amsterdam and has an uptime of 99.98%.

What is in our database

How we classify it

Let’s clarify what air routes are. They are commonly known as airways and depending on the region of the world, they are treated slightly differently. The origin of airways came from the United States where beacons of light would be placed between major cities that were followed by pilots at night. This was later replaced with the A-N system of radio frequencies. The pilot would listen to the morse codes which indicated left or right with the objective to remain centered on course. This was later replaced by the non-directional beacon (NDB) and the Beat Frequency oscillator (BFO). Currently, most air routes are based on the RNAV routes. This means that ground-based navaids are no longer needed for the airway structure. In Europe, the corridors of airways are 19km wide (10 nautical miles) which link major airports. Don’t confuse air corridors with airways though. They are different. Airways are navigational aids and depending on the circumstances the pilot may deviate. This is not allowed with an air corridor from which the pilot may not deviate.

(LINK https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/orders_notices/index.cfm/go/document.current/documentNumber/7400.2 )

What information do we have per airway route

Data per airway route

We provide the airway route data as well as any information related to it which is useful in the aviation industry. To segment our data it is important to understand the difference between the airway routes and the airport and airline timetables (LINK). The airway routes consist the routes designated between airports which include departure and arrival information about the airlines, airports, terminals, iata, icao. Which can then be combined well with the time tables to keep track of the various flights this route covers. On top of this, if you want to further add information, you can use the airport, airline or country and city database or API to provide details about the individual components of the airway route.

Headers  Description
airlineIata
flightNumber
departureIata
departureIcao
departureTerminal
departureTime
arrivalIata
arrivalIcao
arrivalTerminal
arrivalTime
airlineIcao
regNumber
IATA code of Airline
Number of Flight
IATA code of departure Airport
ICAO code of departure Airport
Terminal of departure Airport
Time of departure
IATA code of arrival Airport
ICAO code of arrival Airport
Terminal of arrival Airport
Time of arrival
ICAO code of Airline
Registration number of Airplane

 

You can access this data through our aviation routes API. Information about related data such as Airlines(LINK), Airplanes(LINK), Airports(LINK), Cities and Countries(LINK) can be found in each page about these topics.

Example of our database

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Any further information for developers about how to use the API, can be found here. (LINK)

Why we choose this information

Aside from big data collection, the focus within it is also important. We’ve therefor segmented our data to the various subjects you can find on this website. You are able to download them per individual segment or purchase the complete package or subscribe to our API. Certain dynamic data is only accessible through our API such as the flight routes because they constantly change. Do you feel that we should add more data to this segment, or do you have any questions on how to connect the different data strings? Contact us. (LINK)

How do we guarantee the accuracy

For our air routes data, we use official sources such as airports and airlines who operate on these airways. This allows us to guarantee the accuracy to be similar to the original sources. The power comes from combining all this data into one package for our clients. We’ve created partnerships with the various aviation authorities and the airports and airlines in the industry, allowing us to check the accuracy quickly in case of doubts.

Method of data collection

In the initial stages of data collection related to airway routes, we established all existing airways. From this, we collected the related information of the arrival and departure location as well as the airlines. In this is included the IATA and ICAO codes of the airports and airlines. To go into further details we’ve added the terminal of the departure and arrival where these were available. Then the time of departures and the planned arrivals and flight information is added.

This data is constantly updated with our software. The software we developed ‘crawls’ our original sources and collects all the data live as it changes. This is then added to our database and updated when needed. If possible, we gather the data from various original sources so that we can do a double check on the accuracy. If there is any doubt about the correctness, we are able to contact the original source directly to verify the data. This is why we maintain a direct line of contact with these sources.

About our sources

Related to airway routes, our data comes from original sources such as airports and airlines. Aside from that, the IATA and ICAO code information is obtained from authority sources in the aviation industry. This combination of authority and other original official data sources form the basis of our database and software. The result is that we pull the information from hundreds of sources all over the world with custom-made software for most of the sources.

Some example of authority sources are: FAA(LINK), IATA(LINK), UN data (http://data.un.org/), world data bank(http://data.worldbank.org ). While examples of our other official original sources are airlines such as KLM(LINK), Air France(LINK), delta air(LINK) and all other airlines. Also airports such as Schiphol (AMS)(LINK), Charles de Gaulle (CDG)(LINK)

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The different uses of the information for our clients

The air routes are mostly used for travel networks and booking agencies to track and display the available air routes. We are confident that you know exactly what you need the data for. If it is unclear that our database helps solve your business solution, contact us(LINK) and we will clarify any questions.

Many of our clients initially download segments of our database to confirm that it contains the data they are looking for. They follow this up with a free API subscription(LINK) to start the implementation. After that, they choose which premium model they want to work with.

Let our data be the foundation of your business and stay up to date with the latest changes in the aviation industry.

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Example of our APIs and databases

The Nearby API. Provides cities and airports that are nearby a certain latitude and longitude input.

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The Autocomplete API. This provides a drop-down to clients who are searching for something in a drop-down menu by giving automatic suggestions.

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Routes API. This gives up to date information on all airline and airport routes that are active with various detailed information strings.

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Then we also have the databases of airports, airlines, airplanes, countries, cities, and taxes.

How is our database hosted

Location of our host

Our hosting partner is based in Amsterdam. It is near our headquarters and it is also based near the Schiphol airport which is an iconic hub within Europe. The host provides with great data speed and server uptime thus making it an easy decision.

Our up-time

Our guaranteed uptime is 99.98% which is well above industry standard. In minutes, this would mean that for every week, we are offline no more than 2 minutes. Even when hosting your own data, you would not reach such uptimes. This means you can rely on our data as the base of your organization’s software.

Our host is Siteground(LINK) who has been a great partner for data hosting for many years. If you want to learn more about siteground you can visit their website.

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Our Clients

Our clients are often software developers in the aviation industry. They are a broad range though from travel platforms to aviation consultants. Even outside of the aviation industry we have regular clients who want to use our data to provide additional insight on airports or airlines for example.

We’ve compiled a few examples of our customers below.

Travel
Price compare platforms
Booking agencies
Destination marketers
Corporate booking platforms
Tour operatorsTransport
Cargo transportersInsurance
Late and delay statistics
Aviation
Civil aviation authorities
Airports
AirlinersTracking
Air navigation service providers
Airspace managementMetadata
Intelligence and statistics
Trend mapping

How they have used it

There are two main ways to use our data, either by downloading initial segments of our data which fits your requirements or by connecting to our API. On a yearly basis, our database is downloaded thousands of time and the API is receiving millions of call requests per day. All this assures that our clients have actual information for their platforms.

Because data constantly changes and our clients want to integrate the data directly into our software, they usually subscribe to our APIs.

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Our free/premium setup

how do we handle it for country database

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