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In aviation, the flight length is defined as the time airborne during a flight.
Short-haul flight: <3 hours=""></3>
Medium-haul flight: 3 to 6 hours
Long-haul flight: >6 hours


A short-haul domestic flight is commonly categorized into being no longer than 1.5 hours in length, meaning that all domestic flights within a country such as the United Kingdommarker are short-haul. In addition to this criterion, the destination airport must be in the same country as the departure airport. Domestic flights can vary greatly in length due to some countries being larger than others.

Short-haul flights

A short-haul flight is defined by Thomas Cook Airlines as a flight under 3 hours in length.

Long-haul flights

Long-haul flights are journeys typically made by wide-body aircraft that involve long distances, typically beyond six and a half hours in length, and often are non-stop flights. On some long-haul flights, jet airliners refuel in order to reach the destination.

Great circle distance and other factors

A flight will typically take a direct route to minimise flight length. For long-haul flights, the most direct route is a great circle around the curvature of the earth. For example, aircraft travelling west between continents in the northern hemisphere will often follow paths extending northward near or into the arctic region. The resulting route, when shown on a projected map of the world, will appear curved (despite being a direct route). The great-circle distance between airports may therefore give an approximation of flight length.

However, a flight route will also take into account weather conditions, and air currents. A transcontinental flight in an Easterly direction will often take a more southerly route to take advantage of the jet stream.

See also


  1. Thomas Cook Airlines - Prices

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