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Explanation For Longer Than Normal Flight Paths  
User currently offlineskopsko From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 26 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1957 times:

I flew IST-IAD yesterday and was surprised by the flight path as it added 2-3 hours to the flight. In Europe, instead of heading toward Germany/France and just south of UK, the plane flew north toward Sweden and north of UK. What's the reason for this? From IAD / KIAD), USA - Virginia">IAD to IST / LTBA), Turkey">IST, the flight path was much more reasonable (going through Germany) and hence the flight was 2-3 hours shorter.

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User currently offlineDFWHeavy From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

Gong eastbound will always be shorter and routed more southerly due to winds. Simple as that.


Christopher W Slovacek
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1951 times:

Actual routes on such long sectors may deviate considerably from Great Circle taking into account winds.
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean westbound often takes northernly routes avoiding prevailing jetstreams resulting in headwinds.

GC Map



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