Google for flights pictureHoliday travellers wondering if their scheduled airline flight is running on time can go to a familiar, if unconventional, source for the information:

The online search engine giant announced recently that it had modified its search tool to provide up-to-date information on the status of daily airline flights.

When users type their airline and flight number into the Google search bar, the first result returned will tell them whether the flight is on time or delayed, as well as estimated departure and arrival times.

The data Google returns is supplied from online flight tracker which culls its information from airports around the world.

Google software engineer Nick Weininger revealed the new tool in the company’s official blog, where many of Google’s new features are rolled out.

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