After seeing this week that Southwest is adding a direct flight from ALB to Atlanta, we were curious about how many places we (or you or anyone) could fly directly from the Albany International Airport -- and how much it costs (versus a non-direct flight). [Southwest] [TU]
We're now boarding with the answer...
Before we take off
There's a distinction to be made between "direct" and "non-stop." In conversation, we use the term "direct" to mean "I got on a plane, it took off, it landed and we were there." We suspect most people use the term the same way. Those people aren't in the airline industry. "Direct" just means you don't have to get off the plane -- but it could still make a stop. "Non-stop" is actually the word we're looking for here. It means pretty much what it sounds like. (We've also included non-non-stop flights below -- you know, "direct.")
As it happens, that flight from ALB to Atlanta (Southwest 978) is one-stop, with a layover at BWI. So, it's "direct," but not direct. It starts February 12, 2012.
Route lists from the ALB website. Price data from Kayak (except for Southwest, in which case we used its website). Prices are for roundtrip. The one-stop price is from the cheapest flight listed. Distances from TravelMath.
Oh, and more thing: many of these flights may be direct or non-stop one way, but not the other. Yep, you might be able to fly non-stop going, just not on the way back.
Of the 24 non-stop flights from ALB...
+ The cheapest were Cape Air's flights to points around upstate New York ($119).
+ The most expensive: Air Canada to Toronto ($715).
+ The shortest: US Airways flight to LaGuardia, at 136 miles.
+ The longest: Southwest to Las Vegas -- 2,237 miles.
+ The best "value" (that is, most miles per fare dollar): Southwest to Las Vegas at 4.45 miles per dollar. Southwest to Fort Lauderdale was the runner-up at 4.28.
+ The worst "value" (fewest miles per fare dollar): Air Canada to Toronto (.42) and Cape Air to Boston (.48)
+ Speaking of distance and price, we thought it might be interesting to see those charted with each other. Was it? Sort of. Maybe not:
photo: Flickr user samholland
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