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Google Flights will use machine learning to predict flight delays

01 February, 2018, 00:31 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • Above Basic Economy

Google has updated its travel search engine to predict flight delays.

Google says it can also cite reasons for those delays, such as the weather or the plane arriving at the gate later than scheduled.

As VentureBeat points out, airlines have started pushing "basic economy" seating since Delta kicked off the trend in 2012. The service offers the same features you find via other third-party booking services, but now trumps them all by leveraging its own machine learning algorithms and historical data to predict whether there's a high chance of a particular flight being delayed.

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However, it's still likely to give passengers a sense they're likely to be held up before the airlines officially confirm the delay.

Google Flights will now inform searchers about even cheaper flights than what were surfaced before, and will start providing details about flight delays.

Before heading to the airport, just search Google for either your flight number or the airline and flight route (like, "Air New Zealand Auckland to Singapore"), and you'll see any expected delays right in your search results. Google Flights is also going to begin surfacing more information about flights that come with additional restrictions. For example, how much luggage can you carry on your flight? These "basic economy" options might be wallet-friendly, Mathur and Danciu wrote, "but it can be confusing to understand whether important options-like overhead bin space, ability to select your seat, and baggage fees-are included in the fare".

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