World's busiest passenger air routes

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The following are lists of the world's busiest passenger air routes, based on various criteria.

By number of passengers[edit]

World (Excluding the United States)[edit]

Top 10 global air travel busiest routes outside the United States by passenger volume, according to Amadeus :[1][2]

Rank City 1 City 2 2012 Passengers
(in millions)
2011 Passengers
(in millions)
Distance[3]
1 South Korea Seoul South Korea Jeju 10.156 9.9 450 km
2 Japan Tokyo Japan Sapporo 8.211 7.5 819 km
3 Brazil São Paulo Brazil Rio de Janeiro 7.716 7.6+ 366 km
4 China Beijing China Shanghai 7.246 6.6+ 1075 km
5 Australia Sydney Australia Melbourne 6.943 7.0+ 706 km
6 Japan Tokyo Japan Osaka 6.744 7.5 405 km
7 Japan Tokyo Japan Fukuoka 6.640 6.6+ 883 km
8 Hong Kong Hong Kong Taiwan Taipei 5.513 6.2+ 780 km
9 Japan Tokyo Japan Okinawa 4.584 4.1 1554 km
10 South Africa Johannesburg South Africa Cape Town 4.407 4.5 1271 km

Europe (2011)[edit]

Busiest air routes inside the EU, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway *

Data retrieved from Eurostat[4]

Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2011)
1 Spain Madrid/Barajas Spain Barcelona/El Prat 3,102,436 **
2 France Toulouse/Blagnac France Paris/Orly 2,322,456
3 France Nice/Côte d'Azur France Paris/Orly 2,236,436
4 Italy Catania/Fontanarossa Italy Rome/Fiumicino 1,842,940
5 Germany Frankfurt Germany Berlin/Tegel 1,792,655
6 Norway Oslo/Gardermoen Norway Trondheim/Værnes 1,749,545
7 Germany Munich Germany Hamburg 1,717,734
8 Norway Oslo/Gardermoen Norway Bergen/Flesland 1,691,887
9 Germany Berlin/Tegel Germany Munich 1,667,408
10 Spain Barcelona/El Prat Spain Palma de Mallorca/Son Sant Joan 1,639,423
11 Spain Madrid/Barajas Spain Palma de Mallorca/Son Sant Joan 1,604,853
12 Germany Frankfurt Germany Hamburg 1,587,593
13 Germany Munich Germany Düsseldorf 1,569,364
14 United Kingdom London/Heathrow Republic of Ireland Dublin 1,556,111
15 Italy Milan/Linate Italy Rome/Fiumicino 1,524,433
16 Italy Rome/Fiumicino Italy Palermo/Falcone Borsellino 1,499,933
17 United Kingdom London/Heathrow Germany Frankfurt 1,459,909
18 Spain Madrid/Barajas Spain Gran Canaria 1,438,377
19 Norway Oslo/Gardermoen Norway Stavanger/Sola 1,434,043
20 Netherlands Amsterdam/Schiphol United Kingdom London/Heathrow 1,406,964

* Figures are only available for EU countries, Switzerland, Croatia, Iceland and Norway. Among other European countries, based on airport statistics, no other country than Russia, Ukraine and Turkey can have domestic routes with more than 1 million passengers.

Based on aircraft movements statistics, Istanbul/Atatürk - Izmir/Adnan Menderes is in 2012 possibly busier than Barcelona/El Prat - Madrid/Barajas route and Istanbul/Atatürk - Antalya route is busier than Toulouse/Blagnac - Paris/Orly route.[5]

The St-Petersburg Pulkovo Airport - Moscow (three airports) route was used by 2,965,331 passengers in 2013.[6]

**Madrid-Barcelona had 4,627,000 passengers in 2007, meaning a reduction by 34% in 2010, partly because of a new high-speed railway. The decline has continued from 560 weekly flights in 2010 to 380 in 2012.[5]

Busiest air routes between an airport in Europe (EU, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway) and outside Europe
[4]
Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2010)
1 United Kingdom London/Heathrow United States New York/John F Kennedy 2,551,276
2 United Kingdom London/Heathrow United Arab Emirates Dubai/Intl 1,974,098
3 United Kingdom London/Heathrow Hong Kong Hong Kong/Chep Lap Kok 1,801,520
4 United Kingdom London/Heathrow Singapore Singapore/Changi 1,507,032
5 United Kingdom London/Heathrow United States Los Angeles/Intl 1,419,144
6 France Paris/Charles De Gaulle United States New York/John F Kennedy 1,190,914
7 France Paris/Charles De Gaulle Canada Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1,158,381
8 United Kingdom London/Heathrow United States Chicago/O'Hare 1,138,579
9 France Paris/Orly Guadeloupe Guadeloupe/Pointe-à-Pitre 1,098,322
10 United Kingdom London/Heathrow United States New York/Newark Liberty(NJ) 1,091,804


United States (2013)[edit]

Busiest air routes by city pairs within the United States [7]
Rank City 1 City 2 Passengers (2013)
1 Flag of California.svg San Francisco, CA (Metro Area) Flag of California.svg Los Angeles, CA (Metro Area) 7,733,200
2 Flag of New York.svg New York City, NY (Metro Area) Flag of Florida.svg Miami, FL (Metro Area) 5,578,900
3 Flag of New York.svg New York City, NY (Metro Area) Flag of California.svg Los Angeles, CA (Metro Area) 4,493,900
4 Flag of Illinois.svg Chicago, IL Flag of New York.svg New York City, NY (Metro Area) 3,828,600
5 Flag of Florida.svg Orlando, FL Flag of New York.svg New York City, NY (Metro Area) 3,732,500
6 Flag of New York.svg New York City, NY (Metro Area) Flag of California.svg San Francisco, CA (Metro Area) 3,329,600
7 Flag of Massachusetts.svg Boston, MA (Metro Area) Flag of Washington, D.C..svg Washington, DC (Metro Area) 3,043,100
8 Flag of Washington.svg Seattle, WA Flag of California.svg Los Angeles, CA (Metro Area) 2,514,300
9 Flag of Georgia (U.S. state).svg Atlanta, GA (Metro Area) Flag of New York.svg New York City, NY (Metro Area) 2,495,100
10 Flag of Nevada.svg Las Vegas, NV Flag of California.svg Los Angeles, CA (Metro Area) 2,418,200

Australia (2008)[edit]

Busiest domestic air routes in Australia[8] (all passengers including connecting)
Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2007)
1 Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg Melbourne Flag of New South Wales.svg Sydney 6 795 000
2 Flag of Queensland.svg Brisbane Flag of New South Wales.svg Sydney 4 079 000
3 Flag of Queensland.svg Brisbane Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg Melbourne 2 699 000
4 Flag of Queensland.svg Gold Coast Flag of New South Wales.svg Sydney 2 139 000
5 Flag of South Australia.svg Adelaide Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg Melbourne 1 877 000
6 Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg Melbourne Flag of Western Australia.svg Perth 1 606 000
7 Flag of Queensland.svg Gold Coast Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg Melbourne 1 325 000
8 Flag of South Australia.svg Adelaide Flag of New South Wales.svg Sydney 1 531 000
9 Flag of Western Australia.svg Perth Flag of New South Wales.svg Sydney 1 364 000
10 Flag of Queensland.svg Brisbane Flag of Queensland.svg Cairns 1 193 000

By seat capacity[edit]

The following lists the world's top 50 busiest routes based on total number of seats per month flown in both directions as of April 2014.

Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Seats Airlines Serving
1 Japan Tokyo Haneda Japan Sapporo-New Chitose Airport 1,253,220 Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Air Do, Skymark Airlines, Vanilla Air
2 South Korea Seoul-Gimpo Airport South Korea Jeju International Airport 848,151 Air Busan, Asiana Airlines, T'way Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air
3 Japan Tokyo Haneda Japan Fukuoka Airport 811,521 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
4 Australia Sydney Airport Australia Melbourne Airport 780,932 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
5 China Beijing Capital International Airport China Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport 689,287 Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Spring Airlines
6 Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Taiwan Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport 680,915 Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Air, Hong Kong Airlines, Thai Airways International
7 Japan Tokyo Haneda Japan Naha Airport 659,166 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Japan Transocean Air
8 Brazil Congonhas-São Paulo Airport Brazil Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport 624,105 Avianca Brazil, Gol Airlines, TAM Airlines
9 Japan Tokyo Haneda Japan Osaka Itami 620,460 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines
10 India Mumbai-Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport India Delhi-Indira Gandhi Airport 575,133 Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetLite, SpiceJet
11 Spain Madrid-Barajas Airport Spain Barcelona Airport 461,228 Air Europa, Iberia, Vueling
12 Australia Sydney Airport Australia Brisbane Airport 456,540 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia
13 South Africa Johannesburg OR Tambo South Africa Cape Town International Airport 453,551 Comair, Kulula.com, Mango, South African Airways
14 Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Indonesia Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta 442,009 Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Lion Air, Air France, Mandala Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Tiger Airways, Turkish Airlines
15 Indonesia Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta Indonesia Juanda International Airport 432,091 Airfast Indonesia, Batavia Air, Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, Lion Air, Tigerair Mandala, Merpati Nusantara Airlines, Sriwijaya Air, Wings Air
16 Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport China Shanghai Pudong International Airport 402,528 Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways, Juneyao Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines
17 Vietnam Tan Son Nhat International Airport Vietnam Noi Bai International Airport 366,256 Air Mekong, Jetstar Pacific Airlines, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines
18 United States Los Angeles International Airport United States San Francisco International Airport 350,014 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America
19 China Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport China Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport 346,472 Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Spring Airlines
20 China Beijing Capital International Airport China Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport 345,265 Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines
21 Indonesia Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta Indonesia Ngurah Rai International Airport 338,055 Batavia Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air
22 South Africa Johannesburg OR Tambo South Africa Durban-King Shaka 337,720 1Time, Comair, Kulula.com, Mango, South African Airways, South African Express, Velvet Sky
23 Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi 335,622 Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Kenya Airways, Orient Thai Airlines, Royal Jordanian, SriLankan Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways
24 China Beijing Capital International Airport China Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport 334,859 Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines
25 China Beijing Capital International Airport China Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport 333,918 Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Sichuan Airlines
26 Indonesia Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta Indonesia Medan International Airport 328,486 Batavia Air, Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air
27 Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International Airport 326,533 Air Asia, Jetstar Asia, Malaysia Airlines, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Air Mauritius, Tigerair
28 Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Singapore Changi Airport 314,422 Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Jetstar Asia, Singapore Airlines, Tigerair, United Airlines
29 Saudi Arabia Riyadh King Khalid Saudi Arabia Jeddah-King Abdulaziz 310,970 Nas Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines
30 United States Los Angeles International Airport United States New York-John F. Kennedy 310,856 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, Virgin America
31 Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Thailand Phuket International Airport 307,619 Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, *Nok Air, *Orient Thai Airlines
32 China Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport China Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport 298,428 China Eastern, China Southern, Juneyao Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Spring Airlines
33 United States Chicago O'Hare United States New York Laguardia 298,378 American Airlines, Delta Connection/Shuttle America, United Airlines, United Express/Shuttle America
34 Australia Melbourne Airport Australia Brisbane Airport 292,443 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
35 Japan Tokyo Haneda Japan Kagoshima Airport 291,368 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines, Skynet Asia Airways
36 Indonesia Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta Indonesia Hasanuddin International Airport 290,388 Batavia Air, Express Air, Garuda Indonesia, Kartika Airlines, Lion Air, Merpati Nusantara Airlines, Pelita Air Service, Sriwijaya Air
37 United Kingdom London Heathrow Airport United States New York-John F. Kennedy 282,205 American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Kuwait Airways, Virgin Atlantic
38 China Beijing Capital International Airport Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport 272,588 Air China, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways
39 South Korea Seoul Gimpo South Korea Gimhae International Airport 271,518 Air Busan, Korean Air
40 Colombia Bogotá El Dorado Colombia Medellín-José María Córdova 267,407 Avianca, Copa Airlines Colombia, LAN Colombia, VivaColombia
41 Japan Tokyo Narita South Korea Seoul Incheon 265,230 All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, United Airlines, Eastar Jet
42 Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Philippines Manila-Ninoy Aquino 260,819 Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, Dragonair, Hong Kong Express Airways, Philippine Airlines
43 United States Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport United States Orlando International Airport 260,180 AirTran Airways, Delta Air Lines
44 Philippines Manila-Ninoy Aquino Philippines Mactan-Cebu International Airport 259,582 Airphil Express, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Zest Airways, Tigerair Philippines, Philippines AirAsia
45 Saudi Arabia Jeddah-King Abdulaziz Egypt Cairo International 259,417 EgyptAir, Saudi Arabian Airlines
46 Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Singapore Singapore Changi Airport 256,418 Cathay Pacific, Jetstar Asia Airways, Myanmar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Tigerair
47 Australia Melbourne Airport Australia Adelaide Airport 255,376 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia
48 Italy Milan Linate Italy Rome Fiumicino 254,716 Alitalia, easyjet
49 Japan Tokyo Haneda Japan Hiroshima Airport 252,636 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines
50 Canada Toronto Pearson Canada Vancouver International Airport 252,587 Air Canada, WestJet

By aircraft movements[edit]

Busiest by air movements, September 2007

The following is a list of the worlds 25 busiest air routes based on the number of scheduled daily flights in both directions as of December 2013.[9] Note that these statistics do not consider the number of passengers carried. As of December 2013, Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo is the busiest route with 284 daily flights. 23 of the top 25 routes on the list are domestic routes. The busiest international route is Dublin to London (all airports) , with 91 daily flights.

Rank City 1 City 2 Flights per day Top Carriers
1 Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro Flag of Brazil.svg São Paulo 284 Avianca Brazil, Gol Airlines, TAM Airlines
2 Flag of South Korea.svg Jeju Flag of South Korea.svg Seoul 209 Air Busan, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, T'way Airlines, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air
3 Flag of Australia.svg Melbourne Flag of Australia.svg Sydney 192 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tigerair Australia
4 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Flag of the United States.svg New York 184 American Airlines, Delta Connection, Delta Shuttle, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, United Express
5 Flag of Japan.svg Fukuoka Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo 136 All Nippon Airways, Air Nippon, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
6 Flag of Japan.svg Sapporo Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo 128 Air Do, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
7 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco 124 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Delta Shuttle, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways Express, Virgin America
8 Flag of Indonesia.svg Jakarta Flag of Indonesia.svg Surabaya 123 Airfast Indonesia, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia Air Asia, Lion Air, Mandala, Merpati Nusantara Airlines, Sriwijaya Air
9 Flag of South Africa.svg Cape Town Flag of South Africa.svg Johannesburg 116 Comair, Kulula.com, Mango, South African Airways, South African Express
10 Flag of Japan.svg Osaka Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo 115 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
11 Flag of India.svg Delhi Flag of India.svg Mumbai 110 Air India, Air-India Express, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet
12 Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta Flag of the United States.svg New York 106 Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines
13 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai 100 Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines, Juneyao Airlines
14 Flag of Australia.svg Brisbane Flag of Australia.svg Sydney 99 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tiger Airways Australia
15 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles Flag of the United States.svg New York 98 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Qantas, United Airlines, Virgin America
16 Flag of Ireland.svg Dublin Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 91 Aer Lingus, Ryanair, British Airways, City Jet, Aer Lingus Regional, Flybe
17 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taipei 83 Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Air, Thai Airways International
18 Flag of France.svg Paris Flag of France.svg Toulouse 82 Air France, easyJet
19 Flag of Australia.svg Brisbane Flag of Australia.svg Melbourne 72 Alliance Airlines, Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
19 Flag of the United States.svg Fort Lauderdale Flag of the United States.svg New York 72 Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines
19 Flag of the United States.svg Honolulu Flag of the United States.svg Kahului 72 Hawaiian Airlines, Island Air, Go!
22 Flag of the United States.svg Miami Flag of the United States.svg New York 70 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways
22 Flag of Japan.svg Okinawa Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo 70 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
24 Flag of the United States.svg New York Flag of the United States.svg Orlando 69 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, JetBlue Airways
25 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles 68 American Airlines, Boutique Air, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, Virgin America

See also[edit]

1 Includes very detailed statistics regarding busiest passenger air routes to/from and within this region

References[edit]

  1. ^ "300 world ‘super routes’ attract 20% of all air travel, Amadeus reveals in new analysis of global trends". Amadeus. 16 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Top flights". Daily chart. The Economist. May 14, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-14. "Jeju, on the South Korean island of the same name, is not one of the country's 20 biggest cities. Yet the island's allure as a domestic tourist destination resulted in 9.9m passengers flying between Seoul and Jeju (in either direction) in 2011. This makes it the busiest airline route in the world, according to Amadeus, a company that provides technology to the travel industry." 
  3. ^ "Airport Distance Calculator". 
  4. ^ a b Retrieved from the "avia_par" dataset available at Eurostat
  5. ^ a b West-to-East traffic shift continues for summer 2012 | EUROCONTROL. Eurocontrol.int. Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
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  7. ^ "Domestic Airline Consumer Airfare Report-2013, Table 1". US Department of Transportation. 
  8. ^ "Australian Domestic Airline Activity" (PDF). Aviation Statistics. Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics. February 2009. p. 4. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
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