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Medium-Haul – Glossary Definition


Want the definition of a medium-haul flight? Learn the meaning of a medium-haul flight and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

Wondering about the definition of medium-haul? Keep reading to learn the meaning of a medium-haul flight, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

Southwest medium-haul flights definition
Southwest makes many medium-haul flights throughout the United States. Taken by Owen Lystrup via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

What is Medium-Haul?

Medium-haul is airline terminology to designate a flight length that is usually between 3-6 hours long. In certain cases and by certain flight agencies, a medium-haul flight may instead be determined by its distance rather than flight time.

In airline parlance, medium-haul flights are those many flight organizations consider to be between three hours to six hours in length. However, it isn’t an exact science, so the meaning can vary airline to airline.

More on Medium-Haul Flights

Flights shorter than medium-haul is termed short-haul, while flights longer than medium-haul are considered long-haul.

The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, known as EUROCONTROL, defines medium-haul routes as those between 1,500 km and 4,000 km (930 mi and 2,490 mi).

Many airlines don’t use the term medium-haul, instead having only either short-haul routes and long-haul routes.

Because medium-haul flights are not super long as far as flight time, most are flown on single-aisle aircraft (known also as narrow-body aircraft), rather than on wide-body, dual-aisle aircraft. Most medium-haul flights will have one meal service or a snack service, or possibly one of each.

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