Well known travel writer Chris McGinnis, from Travel Skills Group, Inc., recently published an article defining the distinction between direct, non-stop, and connecting flights. You might be interested to know that there is a significant difference, although airlines continue to add routes and market flights as “direct.”
Non-stop: A nonstop flight is a single flight between two airports with no stops.
Direct: A direct flight makes at least one intermediate stop along the way to its final destination, but has only one flight number.
Connecting: A connecting flight will take at least two different planes with two different flight numbers to reach the final destination.
Business travelers always prefer non-stop flights because it gets them to their final destination faster, however this distinction is not always recognized.
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