One of the largest hurdles to getting OpenFlights off the ground was getting good airport and airline data. The FAA’s DAFIF has not been available to the public since 2006, apparently because the Australians demanded money for their data, and most other airport lists floating around are badly out of date — one of the main sources we used still assumed the Soviet Union existed. Commercial providers, on the other hand, wanted hundreds or even thousands of dollars for dubious lists of unknown provenance.
I’m thus tickled pink to announce that the airport and airline databases built for OpenFlights, both by the dev team and our users, are now available to the public, naturally under the Open Database License. The map above shows 5391 airports in the current release (click for a larger view), and there are 5971 airlines to go with them. Each airport entry contains the name, city, country, IATA/FAA code, ICAO code, coordinates, timezone and daylight savings rule, while each airline has the name, a possible alias, IATA code, ICAO code, callsign and country. Best of all, our data is stress-tested and updated on a continuous basis: if an airport is missing, wrongly named or in the wrong place, our users will let us know ASAP.
We’ve also turned OpenFlights’s search windows into little stand-alone tools that can be used for searching without logging in. Check them out, and bookmark them if you find them handy:
Updated: The airport database has been updated with 1000 new airports from OurAirports.com, an excellent public-domain airport mapping resource with over 40,000 airports, heliports and landing strips listed in their freely downloadable database. The license has also been changed from GNU Affero to the more suitable Open Database License.
One for the treble and two for the database,