I try to minimise my flying, and have done all my travel without flying for the past couple of years, in order to minimise my environmental impact. I've decided to allow myself a holiday by flight next Christmas, but to still minimise environmental impact, I want to limit the flying to one leg (one leg down, one leg back). I will travel overland to and from the airports (even if this takes 1–2 days). Therefore, I'm looking for a flight search engine that will give me a reliable answer as to direct flights to a particular airport for a particular date. Where can I find such a search engine?

Case in question: flights to either Santa Cruz de La Palma or Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain on Friday 21 December. Googling gave me http://www.flyhere.com but I know the answer is incorrect, because I know both Berlin-Tegel and Amsterdam-Schiphol have direct flights to this airport on 2012-12-21, however neither are listed there. Either I travel a short distance by train and fly directly from Scandinavia to Tenerife and take a ferry from there, or I travel further south by train and fly directly to La Palma (probably from Germany).

So: where can I find a flight timetable for direct-flight arrivals at a particular airport at a particular date?

  • So where do you want to start? Berlin or Amsterdam? – RoflcoptrException Jul 17 '12 at 19:43
  • I will travel by train from northern Sweden to wherever I will start. I will either fly directly from Scandinavia to Tenerife and take a boat from there, or take the train further south and fly directly then. I'll clarify the question to reflect this. – gerrit Jul 17 '12 at 19:51
  • So basically your searching for a non-stop flight from Southern Sweden to Tenerifa or Santa-Cruz de La Palma? – RoflcoptrException Jul 17 '12 at 19:56
  • Probably Sweden or Germany, but a complete overview would be interesting, because there might be surprising possibilities (according to flightmapper.net there are e.g. flights Trondheim–Gran Canaria, but this site won't let me search for a specific date and I haven't explored travel to/from connecting airports yet). – gerrit Jul 17 '12 at 20:00
  • I provided kind of an answer. It is not really a timetable, but a matrix flight search. There you can specify multiple airports both for departure and destination. – RoflcoptrException Jul 17 '12 at 20:01

I don't know where to find a flights schedule, but for questions like this a flight matrix is also a good option.

For example on http://matrix.itasoftware.com, you can select multiple departures, for example in your case, all airports in Southern Sweden and also multiple possible destinations, such as Tenerife and Santa Cruz de la Palma. Then you can also limit the number of stops, the exact date of travel, etc. Using this search engine I was able to find at least the non-stop flight from Berlin to Santa Cruz. As an additional benefit, this search engine also caluclates your CO2 footprint.

Here you can see a screenshot:

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As you can see, there are direct flights from Hamburg, Berlin, Nuremburg, Frankfurt, etc.

  • Perfect tool, cool! I found a flight from Tromsø to Gran Canaria, much closer and cheaper than any other alternative :) – gerrit Jul 17 '12 at 20:33

Bear in mind that aggregators won't necessarily carry all providers or all flights. So the best way to get a definitive answer is to do the following:

  • First, assuming the destination airport is a reasonably well-known one, try Wikipedia to get a list of airlines and their destinations from that airport. E.g. Tenerife North, Tenerife South, Santa Cruz de La Palma. Often the airport's website also has this information, or at least a list of airlines servicing it.
  • Cross-reference those with where you want to travel from. In this case, Tenerife South shows a number of Scandavian flights with Norwegian Air Shuttle.
  • Use that airline's website to determine whether it meets your requirements.

It's not quite as nice as RoflcoptrException's answer (and I'd probably recommend using that myself as an initial step), but for a definitive answer for a general case this works well.

  • That's more or less what I've been doing so far. Maybe a hybrid solution is good, as I didn't consider before using RoflCoptrException's link that there may be an airport even closer to me with a direct flight to another of the Canary Islands (Gran Canaria). At least the list of /airports/ is likely quite complete at such websites. – gerrit Jul 18 '12 at 7:23

You sound exactly like the type of person we have developed our new travel search engine Glooby for.

There is no doubt that air travel emits a lot of carbon dioxide emissions from planes that affect our environment. Since there are over 1 billion international tourists every year, I understand that you are trying to minimize our environmental impact as much as you can when flying.

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If you’re just looking for direct flights, just search and choose ”direct flights” in the filters. But besides just comparing prices, we also calculate carbon emissions from every flight and automatically show the most fuel-efficient flights first in the search results. So you don't have to do everything yourself.

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    Is it possible to actually do a search like the one described in the question (find all flights to a given location on a particular day) via your site? I couldn't figure out how to do it. If it can't be done, then this answer doesn't really answer the question. – Michael Seifert Jan 26 '16 at 17:57

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