Does "operate to" in this context mean "flying to"?

eg. The flight is operating to New York.
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I imagine it does, as Jerry says. But I have to tell you that I've never heard the verb operate used that way.

After checking into it, I see that it's used like that in airline slang. But keep in mind that it's certainly the verb of choice among most native speakers in normal, conversational context.

I agree with Jerry and Richard.

I think that the place you would hear this is at an airport. Someone will announce: "Flight 223 -- operating to Dallas -- has been delayed. Please stand by."

Or maybe you'd get a recorded message on the phone:

"All flights operating to California have been canceled until further notice."


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