Nonstop vs Direct

Tracy Stewart, June 29, 2007
Fares from Washington DC:

    Q: What's the difference between a nonstop flight and a "direct" flight? Or are they the same thing?

    A: Nonstop flights are not the same as direct flights. Direct means that there is no change of planes, but the flight does make a stop. However, airlines play games with the "direct" designation, and sometimes even flights labeled direct require a change of equipment and a layover.