With FlightCaster, travelers learn about delays even before the airlines notify them
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – For frequent fliers, getting stuck with flight delays is a regular problem. A new travel tool called FlightCaster plans to make air travel more predictable by providing travelers with what they term “delay prediction.”
According to company co-founder Jason Freedman, “FlightCaster predicts flight delays 6 hours before airline alerts. We take real-time information and calculate the likelihood of a delay so travelers have real options.”
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 25% of all domestic flights in the U.S. are delayed. That means that 400,000 travelers everyday are left wondering whether they’ll arrive at their destinations on-time.
According to Freedman, the problem is worsened by a lack of communication from the airlines. “We analyzed 10 years of flight history. We looked at all of the significant delays, especially those over an hour. We found that 75% of the time, airlines only post these delays within 30 minutes of the scheduled departure.”
The idea for flight delay prediction originated with co-founder Evan Konwiser. “I’m a frequent flier myself. Like many other savvy travelers, I learned to look for signs of a delay, asking questions like: Is my aircraft at the gate? Are there any FAA alerts that might affect my travel? Quickly, we figured out that a mathematician could use these insights as variables in an algorithm.”
The company is very protective of their algorithm. They claim that their algorithms can produce more accurate information than even the airlines. For travelers, the real question is can this fancy math actually help you avoid a delay.
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