Indirect flight is the antonym of direct flight. However, direct flights and non-stop flights have a different meaning.

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A direct flight with a layover.

Apparently flight crew use the term "layover" differently from other travellers, and many people (including me 5 minutes ago) would not know the difference between a direct and a non-stop flight, or between a stopover and a layover.

You won't often see this being used, because the main reason to mention that a flight has a layover, is if you will need to change planes, of if you will have a stopover and spend the day in a hotel. If you have a short layover and don't even disembark then it's not very notable.

You could also say "...with a stop at ... to refuel."


I don't think there is a definitive phrase or word. However, I have seen the following used to convey your meaning: multi-city, multi-hop, and multi-destination.

Of those, I'd say the first is most common, even where the intermediate points aren't actually cities.

  • thanks, multi-city often implies a stopover, whereas a non-stop flight could just have a short layover. Feb 28, 2021 at 22:16
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    Yep, probably. But I'm pretty sure I've seen it used on various travel booking sites to mean exactly what you are referring to - a flight from A to B with intermediate stops at which at most one may have to change terminal.
    – tkp
    Feb 28, 2021 at 22:20
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    Actually, on second thoughts, you're right. "Multi-city" is more for where there are stopovers. I'm inclined to delete my answer, because it's more wrong than right.
    – tkp
    Feb 28, 2021 at 22:50
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    Thanks, it's ok, you could simply add a notice in the answer. Feb 28, 2021 at 22:53

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