Why flights take longer now than they did 40 years ago

Leah Cohen

Did you know flights today are taking more than one hour longer than they did in the 1970s?

A flight from New York City to Houston, Texas, use to take two hours and 37 minutes, but now it takes three hours and 50 minutes. Huh?!

Flights are slower than they were in 1973. Photo: iStock

You’d think with all the technological advancements over the years, flights would at least be getting quicker, but you’re wrong.

The main reason for flights slowing down is so airlines can save money. Of course…

RELATED: You Can Now Buy A Used Virgin Atlantic Plane On eBay

“Airlines are able to save millions per year by flying slower,” a Business Insider video revealed.

“Fuel costs are also why airlines are attempting to make planes weigh as little as possible… and that involves charging customers fees for heavy luggage.” the video said.

Airlines save millions each year by flying slower. Photo: iStock

A 2008 Associate Press report revealed that JetBlue airline saved US$13.6 million a year by adding just under two minutes to each flight.

While more obvious factors like ground and sky congestion are to blame for slower flights, you’ve most likely never heard about “block padding” causing flights to seem longer.

RELATED:Have You Ever Wondered What That Extra Tip On The Plane's Wing Is?

Block padding refers to airlines adding a few minutes to the expected arrival time to seem more punctual.

So don’t be fooled when an airlines says they’re arriving ahead of schedule… you’re actually pulling in right on time.