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FlightStats Discontinues AirportZoom, Recommends Alternative Solution

Five years ago, we released AirportZoom, an application that provides current flight status and maps for airport navigation, in the hopes that it would make your airport experience easier and less stressful.

While the application has been downloaded over a million times and continues to be used by a small group of loyal fans, it has become an “outlier” in our product portfolio.  It is not seamlessly tied into our other applications and it is not generating the results needed to justify further care and feeding.  As a result, we have made a strategic decision to invest our resources into continuing to support and enhance our other web and mobile applications. As of September 28, 2016, AirportZoom will no longer be a supported or functioning application.

We realize this change might be inconvenient for AirportZoom users and you may be concerned about losing the functionality offered by the application. However, rest assured that most of the AirportZoom functionality is still available in our new Departures & Arrivals feature at beta.flightstats.com. It provides the same general features as the flight listing screen on AirportZoom. Additionally, Departures & Arrivals offers several advanced capabilities that really set it apart from AirportZoom and actually make it a superior product. We recommend using this application as an alternative.

One key feature of Departures & Arrivals that we consider to be an improvement over AirportZoom is its impressive amount of built-in filters. To name a few, you can filter by:

  • Airline
  • Terminal
  • Gate
  • Equipment type
  • Time period
  • Delay and cancellation status

You will have a lot more control over how the information is sorted, and have access to a set of statistics that will quickly show you how the airport is performing. The feature also has a new, interactive flight tracker display that will allow you to drill in and watch a specific flight. The display is optimized for desktop, mobile and tablets. Please check it out at beta.flightstats.com.

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If you are looking for a native iOS app, you can check out the FlightStats for iPhone application, which will also work on the iPad. In the future, we plan to allocate more resources toward improving this application, and updated versions will be optimized for both the iPad and the iPhone.

Thank you for using AirportZoom. We appreciate your loyalty to the app and we apologize if this change causes any inconvenience for you. This was not an easy decision for us. Our goal is to produce the best products possible for our customers, which means we must be selective about where we invest our resources. We are confident Departures & Arrivals will be an improvement over AirportZoom and we hope you enjoy using it. If you have any technical support questions, please feel free to reach out to us at: https://helpdesk.flightstats.com.