What's the difference between a commercial and charter flight?
The main differences between commercial flights and charter flights are flexibility, privacy and cost.
Charter flights are more flexible than commercial flights. With a charter flight, you can hire the plane to fly between any destinations you want at any time you want. Whereas, with a commercial flight, you have to travel between the destinations and fly on the date and time that the airline offers.
Charter flights are also more private than commercial flights. Charter flights usually require you to hire the whole plane for yourself or your group. Whereas Commercial flights require you to buy a seat on a public plane where you'll be travelling with strangers.
However, the flexibility and privacy that you get with a charter flight come at a cost. Commercial flights are a lot cheaper than charter flights, especially on low-cost airlines that strip back a lot of the services to offer especially cheap fares.
Are commercial flights cheaper?
Yes, commercial flights are the cheapest method of air travel. Ultra-low-cost carriers completely unbundle their fares and offer 'seat-only' tickets that can make some commercial flights extremely cheap. And, even the prices that a full-service carrier offers are cheaper than chartering a plane.
Where can I buy commercial flights?
You can buy commercial flights at Alternative Airlines. We offer commercial flights on over 650 commercial airlines. Use our search form at the top of the page to search for flights.
How many commercial flights per day?
There are over 100,000 commercial flights per day. In 2018, there were nearly 4.5 billion flights throughout the year. So, this averages at somewhere between 100,000–125,000 flights per day.
When was the first commercial flight?
The first commercial flight was flown on 1st January 1914. It was a service between St.Peterburg, Florida and Tampa Bay, Florida.