With more than 1.16 flights per second, the aviation industry has a lot of data. Real-time data that often proves indispensable for certain sites and applications. From real-time flight tracking to airport information, collecting and processing this data usually involves fairly high costs. Costs that a developer or start-up company cannot sustain in the long term. But this is no longer a problem with Aviationstack. A short overview of this new free flight tracking API.

A gold mine of flight data

© Aviationstack

Direct competitor of FlightAware’s or Skyscanner’s Travel, the Aviationstack API was built by the APILAYER group. Provider of API and SaaS application, it has more than one million customers worldwide, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies such as Amazon or Apple. Specialized in aeronautical data processing, Aviationstack allows today more than 5000 companies to create their own platform for reservation, cartographic visualization and flight tracking. Indeed, the flight tracking API provides access to real-time global flight data from more than 10,000 airports in 9,000 cities, 250 countries and 13,000 airlines. Various data including :

  • Live flight tracking with flight status.
  • Search for schedule, route, flight number, airline, IATA/ICAO airport codes, terminals, city, country or air tax.
  • And much more…

A scalable, easily integrated JSON REST API

Adopting the FIRST API, the Aviationstack API is the assurance of a fully scalable architecture, constantly striving to offer new functionalities. Built on a robust 100% scalable cloud infrastructure, it is fully capable of handling several million calls per minute. Updated every 30 to 60 seconds, the API is monitored 24 hours a day to ensure a better SLA (Service Level Agreement). In addition, the Aviationstack API comes with detailed documentation and has an availability rate of 99.99% (calculated on the basis of the last 12 months).

© Aviationstack documentation

One of the first free flight tracking APIs

At the pricing level, Aviationstack offers different formulas. This in order to allow individuals, as well as SMEs or large accounts, to choose the offer that best suits their needs and budget. Thanks to the free formula and its 500 calls/month offered, it is possible to test the power of this API, without having to provide any credit card. Whenever a commercial license is required or the implementation of more advanced customized features such as HTTPS Encryption or semi-automatic data entry is required, it is possible at any time to switch to one of the 4 paid subscriptions. The minimum charge is $49.99/month. Also note that if you subscribe to annual billing, you can benefit from a discount of up to 20%. For more information, please visit their website.

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