The FlightStats Flex APIs are optimized for regularly scheduled commercial passenger service. Cargo flight schedules published in advance are available in the Schedules API or the Connections API. However, many cargo flights are unscheduled and depart on short notice based on variable demand. If a flight plan is filed with a civil aviation authority such as the FAA that does not match a published flight schedule, our system creates an ad hoc flight. In this case, it will be available via the Flight Status API near the time of departure.
The Connections API has some notable features for cargo forwarders and air freight handlers: