Google Can Predict If Your Flight Has Been Delayed Before The Airline Lets You Know

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Google Can Predict If Your Flight Has Been Delayed Before The Airline Lets You Know

How many times have you arrived the the airport and hour early, only to find out that your flight has been delayed three hours and instead of just having an extra 60 minutes to kill, you now have 4 hours!

All too often technical difficulties, weather and other uncontrollable situations delay flights and unfortunately for us, we generally don't find out until we've actually arrived at the airport.


Now though, Google is making your life even easier by predicting flight delays, even before the airline is told about them! has reported that a new update of the Google Flights app allows it to draw on old flight information and trends to accurately predict flight delays.

The app sources a variety of information including your flights time, route and local weather forecasts from the departure and arrival destination to determine the likelihood of a delay.

It even looks at the type of aircraft you're flying on to calculate the likelihood of a technical issue.


If the app determines that there's an 80 per cent chance of your flight being delayed, it'll let you know so you can contact the airline to confirm.

Google’s flight product manager Anket Mathur said in a statement that delays affect a lot of people and he hopes that this will ease the frustration of many holidaymakers looking for a relaxing trip.

“Around this time of year, snowbirds fly out on tropical getaways, skiers and snowboarders take a weekend to hit the slopes and potential flight delays are stressful for all travellers.

“Google Flights can now help you predict those flight delays.

"We still recommend getting to the airport with enough time to spare, but hope this information can manage expectations and prevent surprises."

To see if your flight is delayed, you just search for the airline you're flying with and the route on the Google Flights app and it'll let you know if you're in for a long wait at the airport.