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Airport Scheduling

It turns out Oakland airport has a form to fill in if you want flight schedule information. I haven't tried it yet, so I'm not sure if they'll respond to casual interest, but it's nice to know they're accessible.

They also have an interesting PDF talking about how to interpret the data. Heathrow had nothing of the sort when I worked with their schedules at my last job. It was more a combination of hearsay, logic and rules of thumb to predict gate assignment there. Good stuff.


If Heathrow (and others) don’t release the information, how do FlightTrack, MyFlightInfo, FlightStats and all of the other online / apps people get their information? Do they make it up too?! I can’t link of any reason why they would not release it, or even a feed to it (other than cost).

Posted by Airport News on 13 April 2010 @ 12pm

I don’t think those sites really existed five years ago, certainly not as comprehensively or competitively. They are fantastic resources for realtime and historic data but I don’t think they publish schedules or projected traffic?

In any case, when I say “nothing of the sort” I mean the comprehensive PDF that explains the data and procedures, not the schedule itself. I’m sure those have been available to interested parties (booking agents, plane spotters, journalists, etc) for a long time.

Posted by TomC on 13 April 2010 @ 9pm