Our Social Impact

In fulfilling its core mission, OpenSky has supported countless academic research institutions since it's inception. As of 2023, more than 350 academic papers have been published, which can be accessed on our Publications page.

Beyond our original mission, we have been freely contributing our data to the greater social good. Dozens of non-profit institutions, NGOs and journalists have been using our flight data for everything from internal research to publicly released analyses. Example use cases range from gauging Covid-19-related impact to investigative journalism. You can find some more information about these developments in a recent paper and video published at our 8th OpenSky Symposium.

In the following, you can see examples of these institutions that have received access to our flight data for the benefit of civil society. If your institution, too, has interesting non-profit use cases, please use our Apply for Data Access page!




Center for Public Integrity

Civil Forum for Asset Recovery

Financial Times


Investigative Journalism Education Consortium

Journalistes Solidaires

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Syria Direct


The Globe and Mail


Supra-National Institutions

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

United Nations (e.g., Sanctions Committee, Statistics Office)

World Bank

World Trade Organisation


National Institutions

Bank of England

Banque de France

Danish National Bank



Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Statistics Denmark

US Department of Agriculture



Bauhaus Luftfahrt e. V.

British Gliding Association


Institute for Scientific Interchange


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