Integrated Search for Airports and Flights: New Landing Page

Global Integrated Spotterlead Search of Airports and Flights

No, this is not a joke, but really the first update in a quite long while 🙂

The list of supported airports has grown that large recently, that navigating through them while trying to find the one you need was beyond any reasonable limits of convenience. Old UI was looking decent with smaller number of airports, but no longer now.

That’s why we finally added global integrated search page (which is now also a main landing page) which works as SpotterLead’s personal “Google” 🙂

Global Integrated Spotterlead Search of Airports and Flights
Global Integrated Spotterlead Search of Airports and Flights

By default, you will see list of up to 15 airports closest to you (based on your IP address) within the range of 1000 km and list of up to 24 flights recently found on SpotterLead by other users.

Everything you need to search for specific flight and/or airport is to start typing into the input field either flight number, or airport name, code, city or country name. Starting with at least 3 characters entered, you will start seeing search results live:

SpotterLead Search Results Demo
SpotterLead Search Results Demo

SpotterLead Search Results Demo

Please feel free to check this new search out by visiting http://spotterlead.net !

Technical Improvements and Better Performance

Last weeks were not rich on new features. I mostly concentrated on improving and maintaining existing ones.

  • Flight tracking is operational for all live airports (apart from London Stansted). Live and non-live flight tracking added for more airports resulting into 826 supported airports (214 of which are live).
  • Site performance is significantly improved by improving memory and CPU usage, reorganizing data storage and refactoring of old code. Now flight search and schedules pages are much more fast and stable in terms of loading time. Less waiting is always good.
  • Due to improved data storage, duration of flight data storage will also be increased. Currently SpotterLead tracks times and status for around 3 millions flights.
  • Improved stability of flight subscriptions (Telegram bot). Currently we have 43 active subscriptions and more than 100 non-active. Not that much, but not a few also 🙂

 

Most Popular Airport Destinations Statistics

Most Popular Flight Destinations from Amsterdam Schiphol AMS

What are the most popular flight destinations for your airport? Where do people usually arrive to your city from and how often?

Now we can say!

We are introducing new statistics page for airports called “Most Popular Destinations“. This page is available for every airport having flight schedules (static or live: doesn’t matter) supported (which is more than 500 airports currently!) and at least one departure flight performed during the last week.

This page shows:

  • Approximate average total number of flights daily (both departures and arrivals).
  • Total number of flight destinations during the last week.
  • Interactive map including recognized* destinations (powered by Google Maps).
  • And finally, the list of the most popular destinations grouped by number of daily flights!
Most Popular Flight Destinations from Amsterdam Schiphol AMS
Most Popular Flight Destinations from Amsterdam Schiphol AMS
Most Popular Flight Destinations from Amsterdam Schiphol AMS
Most Popular Flight Destinations from Amsterdam Schiphol AMS

This page is located at Statistics subsection of every supported airport page as displayed on a screenshot below:

Most Popular Flight Destinations from Amsterdam Schiphol AMS
Most Popular Flight Destinations from Amsterdam Schiphol AMS

Each page has a URL like: https://spotterlead.net/EHAM/destinations (you can replace EHAM with ICAO-code of your airport).

* Recognized destination – is an airport which was unmistakably identified by our system. This can be a result of airport codes coming from a data provider of this or that flight (e.g. in case if  an airport site publishes airport codes directly on its departures & arrivals page). Alternatively, airport of departure/arrival may be identified by our flight record joining algorithm as a useful side-effect. This algorithm is being used for quite a while in our system for a sole purpose of merging data records concerning one and the same flight (but retrieved from different airport data sources) into one combined flight  leg item having both departure and arrival data. Such flight legs are used on our Flight Search page actively. Now, this data is also used to recognize destinations for flights having no destination IATA or ICAO code provided directly by airport data source.

Make SpotterLead Great Again! Update #2 of 3: Historical Flight View

Hello everyone! Last time we covered our new feature “Flight Schedules” which allows not only to expand airport coverage dramatically by providing non-updated flight timetable, but to expose flight data for future 3+ days also. Read more about it here.

But this makes no sense if you cannot switch timetables to show flights arriving/departing any other time than for 24 following hours only.

That is how it worked until recently…

Now, however, we are introducing historical flight view. This small feature will give you an ability to choose any date and time in past or in future and see which flights were arriving/departing at this time.

Allowed time range to choose is limited by the latest and earliest flights stored in our database for this or that airport. Normally we store flight data for 180 days and now, with a Flight Schedule implemented, provide 3 days lookup in future.

To load planespotter timetable with flights starting from custom date & time, you need to just click the button with the current date & time located near flight search input field and choose date & time you want from a date-time picker which will appear immediately. After that you just need to click a button “Load flights for the selected time” and you will see all the arriving/departing flights starting from the date-time you have chosen + 24 hours. As simple as that.

Choosing a custom date and time on planespotter timetable page
Choosing a custom date and time on planespotter timetable page

This feature was requested by our users multiple times and we finally happy to introduce it as now it gives more extensive access to all the flight data we store. This feature is mobile-friendly.

Hope you will like it and stay tuned for more updates!

Flights Live: Traditional Departures & Arrivals

Flights Live – is our key feature that displays arrivals & departures in planespotter-friendly way. It groups flights into intervals and gives you a clear vision of peak hours during the following 24 hours.

However, for a sake of higher diversity, we’re adding a more traditional view to Flights Live page, which displays arrivals and departures as ordinary tables (as all the airports do). To switch to traditional view you need to switch round button with the icon of list:

Traditional arrivals - Flights Live
Traditional arrivals – Flights Live

You may see it on every Flights Live page of any of 195 supported airports. This feature is in preview currently, so updates are quite likely.

Dalaman Airport (DLM) Live

Following few requests from our users we are adding plane spotter timetables and flight tracking for Dalaman Airport (DLM / LTBS) in in south-west Turkey. You can check it out here.

Dalaman Airport is an international airport has one runway and it serves 4.5 million passengers per year. The major amount of flights are charter and seasonal. You can meet airplanes of such airlines as Thomson Airways,  Thomas Cook, Onur Air, Jet2.com and many others.

Enjoy your plane spotting in Dalaman and have a good weekend!

 

Monday Statistics

Monday is a hard day,  but it’s never a wrong day for some statistics.

SpotterLead.net now has Flights Live tracking for 181 airports in Europe, Asia and North America. The best coverage is in Norway, Spain, Russia, Finland and Sweden. Quite a few airports  is supported in Germany, Great Britain and Poland.

Since the 1st of May, 2016 we tracked 2+ million flight records, including 192k+ codeshared flight records.

When joined together, two flight records from different airports produce a flight which tracked from both origin and destination. Currently, there are 319k+ fully tracked flight legs in our database.

You can find your flight and see historical data in our Flights Status section.

Have a good week!

Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok (HKG)

We have added planespotter-friendly timetables and flight tracking for Hong Kong International Airport – 蔀é±Čè§’æ©Ÿć Ž (HKG / VHHH).

It’s available at https://spotterlead.net/VHHH/live.

HKG is the main airport in Hong Kong. It serves 68+ million passengers per year with its two runways. Dominating airlines you may encounter there are Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair æžŻéŸèˆȘç©ș, Hong Kong Airlines éŠ™æžŻèˆȘç©ș, HK Express, China Eastern Airlines.

Before going to planespotting in HKG consider reading SpottersWiki guide.

 

Flight Search & Flight Status

FLIGHT STATUS

As a part of opening flight data we track on our site, we are now adding a small feature that will allow users searching for individual flights. If you want to know the status, most recent arrival/departure times of some flight, etc. the we suggest you going to Flights -> Flight Search in our top menu (or just proceed by the link https://spotterlead.net/flight/search).

The area of this search is strictly limited to flights arriving/departing to/from airports we track in our Flights Live section (143 airports for now).

Now we have the best coverage in Europe (especially in Norway, Russia, Finland and Sweden). See the full list of supported airports here: https://spotterlead.net/