What is a non-stop flight?
A non-stop flight is when the aircraft does not schedule for a layover between the departure and arrival city.
Because non-stop flights are of course more convenient for passengers, airlines often price these flights a little more.
Why is it more expensive to fly non-stop?
It’s simple – there’s higher demand from customers for non-stop flights than ones with layovers.
It’s worth noting that non-stop flights can sometimes be cheaper, especially during a sale.
Which airlines can fly non-stop?
Non-stop flight are typically only allowed to be operated by airlines based in either the departure or arrival country. This is due to the commercial aviation rights referred to as “freedoms of the air” (specifically the 3rd and 4th freedom grant these rights).
However, the introduction of 5th freedom flights has allowed airlines to operate non-stop between two foreign countries. For example, Air New Zealand flies non-stop from London to Los Angeles.
Carriers must receive permission from the foreign countries governments to operate 5th freedom flights.