Delays, gate changes, diversions, and early arrivals are all words we hear frequently when it comes to air travel. Whether you’re about to embark on an exciting trip or just picking someone up at the airport, there is no reason not to have the most up-to-date flight information at your fingertips.

Although many airlines provide updated flight information on their websites, this may not provide travelers with the most accurate depiction of what’s actually going on in the skies. With today’s technology, you can choose from a wide-variety of flight apps for your phone or tablet. Flight trackers allow users to input their flight information and track the real-time flight status of any commercial airline around the world. 

So if you love to stalk the skies above or just want the most accurate information for your next flight, check out these 5 best apps for tracking flights!

#1 – FlightView

(Free, iOS compatible, Online Version)

Our top pick for the everyday traveler, FlightView offers real-time flight information in an easy-to-use app. You can track upcoming and in-air flights, and receive status alerts via push notifications. FlightView has an attractive flight map that allows you to watch the progress of any flight, and keeps you up-to-date on gate assignments, delays and cancellations. You can check airport conditions, current weather radar, and view the status of your planes previous flight. FlightView also allows you to forward your itinerary confirmation emails and they will automatically load them into your saved trips. This app has a variety of great features and is a must-have for all travelers!!


#2 – FlightAware

(Free, iOS compatible, Online Version)

If you are an aviation enthusiast, then FlightAware is for you. Like most flight tracking apps, this program allows you to track the real-time flight status of any commercial flight worldwide, with the option to receive push notifications for gate changes, cancellations, diversions, etc. Tracking data also includes complete flight details, full-screen maps, and NEXRAD radar overlay. For the aviation enthusiasts out there, FlightAware is a reliable and must-have app that will even allow you to view detailed ATC routing. 


#3 – PlaneFinder HD

(Free, iOS compatible, Online Version)

PlaneFinder is an exciting app that features live moving planes on a worldwide map. It works by picking up real time ADS-B signals which are used by aircraft to transmit positional data to land based receivers. If you are looking for up-to-date flight information about gate changes, weather and delays, this app might not be for you. PlaneFinder however is a great app to add to your flight tracking collection, as it provides a beautiful image of real-time flight traffic around the world. You can follow specific flights, or simply be in awe of all the air traffic soaring above in our skies.


#4 – FlightBoard

($3.99, iOS Compatible)

FlightBoard is an app that lets you check out the flight boards of over 3,000 of your favorite airports around the world. Unlike other apps, this app is not meant for real-time weather radar, flight maps or current airport conditions. This app allows users to view up-to-date arrival and departure information at various airports. Information is displayed beautifully on a Parisian inspired flight board, similar to what you would find in most airports. If you are curious about what flights are currently arriving or departing from a specific airport, then this app is definitely for you!


#5 – WorldMate Gold Travel Plans & Flight Tracker

($9.99, iOS compatible)

If you are looking for a flight tracking app that not only provides detailed flight information, but also allows users to manage every other aspect of their trip, then WorldMate is for you. This app may cost more then other flight tracking apps, but it goes beyond the rest by organizing your flights, hotels, cars, meetings, and transportation details. You can check-in for your flight, be alerted about gate changes, delays and cancellations, plot your entire trip on a map, share on social media, check flight status, or view past trips. WorldMate allows you to book hotels, car services, as well as view current weather and currency exchange rates. If you are serious about taking control of your travel plans, this app is worth the investment.

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