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Is there a way (similar to Google Flights / Matrix Airfare / ...) that allows me to search for all commercial flights? I'd like to have even the ones that are fully booked included. I'd assume that Google/Matrix/Skyscanner/... will not even show you a flight that cannot be booked anymore?

I don't necessarily need connecting flights, so if it only showed non-stops that'd be good enough.

EDIT (thanks to a question): Why do I want this info? Basically I have two use-cases where I found myself wanting this information:

  1. In certain cases you can actually get a ticket for a flights that's officially sold out if you phone up the airline. But it'd be important to know what airline and what flight.
  2. For travel planning it's sometimes important to see a "typical" flight schedule from one city to another. For example if you know you want to go to place X but you don't know whether to go to place A or B before X. Then I, it'd be nice to be able to find current, historic and future planned flights just to get an idea.
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  • Do you have examples of flights you know are fully booked? It's not easy to check if a tool returns those without knowing one. Also note that some commercial flights are not available via generic tools, especially those of some LCCs. Are you interested in a specific market? How far in the future do you need info?
    – jcaron
    Commented Apr 29, 2022 at 9:47
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    This question is the same, but it's very old (over 10 years old!) so I'm not sure if the answers there are still valid.
    – jcaron
    Commented Apr 29, 2022 at 9:48
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    This site seems to be able to show "schedules" rather than "availabilities", however I can't confirm if that info is complete/accurate.
    – jcaron
    Commented Apr 29, 2022 at 9:56
  • @jcaron Sorry, don't have current examples. Commented Apr 29, 2022 at 10:42
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    Matrix has a flag 'only show flights with available seats'. Just don't check this.
    – Aganju
    Commented Apr 29, 2022 at 17:46

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Yes, there are ways of doing this, but it's highly unlikely that you're going to find them available to the general public for free.

All scheduled airline operations live in the OAG, which used to publish a yearly paper guide which anyone could purchase and look up schedules. Now that information lives online and one can buy a subscription and get access to the data (here, if anyone is curious: https://www.oag.com/airline-schedules-data).

There are numerous other companies which buy that data from OAG and republish it in various formats with various filters and layers (DIIO by Cirium is a popular one in the industry). Many of these can also be purchased (usually on a subscription basis) by interested individuals. I can't state definitively that you won't find this information for free online somewhere, but I don't find it likely, given the cost to the original purchaser.

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Not really an answer but too long for a comment:

At the moment me writing this, there are 11,540 commercial flights in the air. The average is around 115,000 flights per day. The exact timetable changes substantially day to day (but less so from week to week), so the amount of data required to cover, say, an entire year would very large.

What problem are you trying to solve exactly would you be doing with this massive amount of data?

There are probably commercial interfaces/databases available that OTA and search sires use, but these will cost you a pretty penny and it's also not clear whether that would address your needs.

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  • Thanks! I'll post an edit: I want to find sold-out flights because in certain cases you can still get a ticket for them when you actually call up the airline. Commented Apr 29, 2022 at 10:35

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