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Avoid Flying These Turbulent Routes For A More Comfortable Flight
A flight from Chile's Santiago to Bolivia's Santa Cruz traverses the Andes, making atmospheric conditions and dynamic air currents that cause turbulence.
Santiago — Santa Cruz
This route's average turbulence score is 17.568 EDR, the highest average turbulence for a route in 2023. Indirect flights come with less turbulence and more flight options.
Almaty and Bishkek are both nestled on the foothills of the Tien Shan mountains, which contributes to the turbulence experienced by aircraft flying along the route.
Almaty — Bishkek
The flight from Almaty to Bishkek has an average turbulence of 17.457 EDR, the highest in Asia. Travelers can opt for an indirect flight or a bus road trip instead.
The flight route from Lanzhou to Chengdu skirts around the Qinling Mountains and encounters the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, causing a lot of turbulence.
Lanzhou — Chengdu
The route has an average score of 16.75 EDR in Turbli's database. As an alternative to the flight, travelers can opt for a seven-hour high-speed train journey to Chengdu East.
This flight route passes over diverse landscapes, most notably the Japanese Alps, so the plane may encounter turbulence. The sea breeze also contributes to it.
Centrair — Sendai
According to Turbli's data, the flight has an average turbulence score of 16.579 EDR. An alternative option to flying is taking the train, extending the trip to around five hours.
This flight has the most turbulence of any European route in this list, as the plane must traverse the mountainous Alpines, which frequently experience lee waves.
Milan — Geneva
Turbli's data shows that the average turbulence score for this flight route is 16.398. An appealing alternative to the flight is train travel, which only takes four to six hours.