Flight turbulence –  has become increasingly common on many routes

ByAndrea Thompson

May 22, 2024

Following the unfortunate and tragic incident on Singapore Airlines caused by turbulence, it is important to recognize some of the most turbulent flight routes globally.

Climate change has exacerbated these conditions through the warming of both air and seas.

New York to London:

The flight path between New York and London is one of the busiest and most important in the world. However, it’s also notorious for turbulence. Several factors contribute to this:

  • Weather Conditions: New York experiences storms, but London has rapid changing weather conditions with strong winds and rain. These conditions can make flying into London challenging.

Seoul to Dallas:

This long-haul flight can encounter turbulence due to various factors, including weather patterns and air currents.

Flights Near the Equator:

Routes near the equator are susceptible to turbulence. Warm air, intense sunlight, and convective activity contribute to bumpy rides.

Flights into Monsoon and Hurricane Hotspots:

Flying into regions affected by monsoons or hurricanes can lead to turbulent conditions. These areas experience strong winds and atmospheric instability.

London to Johannesburg:

The flight between London and Johannesburg can be rocky due to weather patterns and the vast distance covered.

Flights into Reno, Nevada:

The mountainous terrain around Reno can cause turbulence. Air currents interacting with the Sierra Nevada mountains create challenging flying conditions.

London to Glasgow:

Another European route, the flight between London and Glasgow, can encounter turbulence. Weather changes over the British Isles contribute to this.

Flights over Mountainous Regions:

Routes passing over mountain ranges, such as the Andes or the Himalayas, often experience turbulence. The interaction between air masses and terrain causes disruptions.

Trans-Asiatic Flights:

Long-haul flights across Asia can encounter turbulence due to varying weather conditions and air currents.

Trans-European Flights:

Besides the London-Glasgow route, other European flights can also be turbulent due to the wind patterns and regional weather in that area.

Turbulence affects all passengers – whether in first class, business class, or economy.

Remember to buckle up and keep your seatbelts on during flights.