Funnel Flight

Updated: 2017-03-27.

A funnel flight, also known as a change of gauge, is one where the flight changes planes at a certain stop, though usually billing itself as a nonstop flight. The plane may leave an airport (usually a smaller, lower-key destination) flying to another, but stops off at an airport close to the departure (probably more of a major airport) to “feed” or “funnel” the passengers onto another plane.

The funnel flight keeps the same flight number on both segments, and still counts as only one leg flown. Fliers who travel often hate this tactic, as they do not get the extra mileage or qualified segments in their frequent flier accounts, though most people believe the stop should count as a layover.

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Synonyms:
Change of Gauge
Categories: Air Travel Terms
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