What we do
Flightradar24 is a flight tracking service that provides you with real-time info about thousands of aircraft around the world. Our service is currently available online and for your iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) or Android device plus for Windows 8 and your Mac OS computer. Read more about our flight tracking apps.
Flightradar24 is frequently featured in the media. You can find a couple of examples here:
- The Wall Street Journal: Who Knows Where Almost Every Flight Is Right Now?
- Reuters: Flightradar24 finds not just planespotters flocking to its website
- Flightradar24 exposes the Malaysian Prime Minister. Read more.
- Flightradar24 data shows how airspace was rebooted after Icelandic ash cloud. Watch video.
- EUROCONTROL talks about Flightradar24. Watch video.
- Article in German paper Bild. Read more.
- Article in French paper Le Monde. Read more.
- Reuters article about Flightradar24. Read more.
- Article in International Business Times about Flightradar24. Read more.
- Article in Aviation Week about Flightradar24. Read more.
Our service has become very popular and each month Flightradar24.com gets more than 25 million visits and our apps have been downloaded more than 5 million times.
The technology we use to receive flight information from aircraft is called ADS-B. Roughly 60% of all passenger aircraft around the world are equipped with an ADS-B transponder. However, this percentage will continue to grow. Read more about the technology behind Flightradar24.
The majority of the data displayed on Flightradar24.com and in our apps is gathered through a network of 7,000 ADS-B receivers around the world. To improve our service we are always looking for people willing to contribute data to us. Click here to find out how you can help us increase Flightradar24's global coverage.
In addition to ADS-B data, we also display data from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This data provides full coverage of the airspace above the United States and Canada. However, this data is slightly delayed (up to 5 minutes) due to FAA regulations. Because of this delay, the planes generated from FAA data are of a different color (orange) than the planes generated from real-time data (yellow).
Flightradar24 would not exist if it weren't for our data feeders. As a thank you, they all get access to a premium version of Flightradar24.com.
We are also very grateful to the volunteers that update the airplane and route databases every day.
How we got here
Flightradar24 started as a hobby project in 2006 when two Swedish aviation geeks decided to build a network of ADS-B receivers in Northern and Central Europe. In 2009 we opened up the network, and made it possible for anyone with an ADS-B receiver to upload data to the network. Many parts of the world were quickly covered, but the quest to provide global ADS-B coverage is still ongoing. Hopefully with your support, we will get there.