List of busiest passenger air routes

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These are lists of the busiest air routes by the number of passengers flown, by seat capacity and by aircraft movements.

By number of passengers[edit]

World[edit]

The top 100 busiest air routes
[1]

Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Distance (km) 2017 passengers
Type
1 South Korea Jeju Seoul-Gimpo 449 13,460,306 Domestic
2 Australia Sydney Melbourne 705 9,090,941 Domestic
3 Japan Sapporo Tokyo-Haneda 835 8,726,502 Domestic
4 Japan Fukuoka Tokyo-Haneda 889 7,864,000 Domestic
5 India Mumbai Delhi 1150 7,129,943 Domestic
6 China Beijing Shanghai-Hongqiao 1081 6,833,684 Domestic
7 Hanoi Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City 1171 6,769,823 Domestic
8 Hong Kong Hong Kong Taiwan Taipei-Taoyuan 802 6,719,030 International
9 Jakarta Indonesia Surabaya 700 5,271,304 Domestic
10 Japan Tokyo-Haneda Naha 1573 5,269,481 Domestic
11 Japan Tokyo-Haneda Osaka-Itami 407 5,106,584 Domestic
12 Saudi Arabia Jeddah Saudi Arabia Riyadh 857 5,091,629 Domestic
13 Jakarta Indonesia Denpasar 991 4,952,852 Domestic
14 China Chengdu Beijing 1559 4,951,620 Domestic
15 China Guangzhou Beijing 1898 4,864,177 Domestic
16 Jakarta Singapore Singapore 896 4,810,602 International
17 Australia Brisbane Sydney 756 4,742,771 Domestic
18 South Africa Cape Town Johannesburg 1292 4,698,849 Domestic
19 Mexico Cancun Mexico City 1294 4,656,308 Domestic
20 Jakarta Indonesia Makassar 1439 4,559,737 Domestic
21 China Beijing Shenzhen 1979 4,496,351 Domestic
22 China Guangzhou Shanghai-Hongqiao 1176 4,469,990 Domestic
23 China Shanghai-Hongqiao Shenzhen 1217 4,445,654 Domestic
24 India Bangalore Delhi 1717 4,183,799 Domestic
25 Hong Kong Hong Kong China Shanghai-Pudong 1247 4,162,347 International
26 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Singapore Singapore 296 4,108,824 International
27 Brazil São Paulo–Congonhas Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont 378 4,096,193 Domestic
28 Jakarta Indonesia Medan 1401 3,886,963 Domestic
29 Australia Brisbane Melbourne 1379 3,545,156 Domestic
30 United States New York-JFK Los Angeles 3982 3,531,613 Domestic
31 United States Los Angeles San Francisco 541 3,507,702 Domestic
32 Turkey İzmir Turkey Istanbul-Atatürk 348 3,496,438 Domestic
33 India Bangalore India Mumbai 834 3,445,315 Domestic
34 Hong Kong Hong Kong Thailand Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 1694 3,438,628 International
35 Thailand Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Thailand Phuket 685 3,396,189 Domestic
36 Thailand Bangkok-Don Mueang Thailand Phuket 698 3,325,261 Domestic
37 Colombia Bogotá Colombia Medellin-Rionegro 239 3,323,127 Domestic
38 Philippines Cebu Philippines Manila 570 3,233,871 Domestic
39 Da Nang Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City 617 3,210,368 Domestic
40 United Arab Emirates Dubai London-Heathrow 5529 3,210,121 International
41 Mexico Mexico City Monterrey 729 3,202,091 Domestic
42 Hong Kong Hong Kong Seoul-Incheon 2080 3,198,132 International
43 Thailand Chiang Mai Thailand Bangkok-Don Mueang 569 3,155,528 Domestic
44 India Kolkata Delhi 1333 3,153,548 Domestic
45 Hong Kong Hong Kong Singapore 2587 3,147,384 International
46 United States New York-LaGuardia Chicago-O'Hare 1177 3,118,651 Domestic
47 Peru Cusco Lima 583 3,000,513 Domestic
48 Mexico Mexico City Guadalajara 466 2,996,806 Domestic
49 United States New York-JFK London-Heathrow 5562 2,972,817 International
50 Hong Kong Beijing 2011 2,962,707 International
51 Canada Vancouver Toronto-Pearson 3358 2,950,823 Domestic
52 China Guangzhou Chengdu 1232 2,944,642 Domestic
53 United States Los Angeles Chicago-O'Hare 2811 2,927,492 Domestic
54 Hong Kong Hong Kong Philippines Manila 1145 2,907,228 International
55 Seoul-Incheon Osaka-Kansai 872 2,907,199 International
56 China Hangzhou Beijing 1157 2,883,519 Domestic
57 South Africa Durban Johannesburg 498 2,847,156 Domestic
58 United States Atlanta Orlando 645 2,836,474 Domestic
59 United States Las Vegas Los Angeles 388 2,823,411 Domestic
60 Jakarta Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 1142 2,812,479 International
61 South Korea Jeju Gimhae 294 2,793,383 Domestic
62 United States Los Angeles Seattle–Tacoma 1540 2,768,035 Domestic
63 Australia Gold Coast Sydney 682 2,739,057 Domestic
64 Colombia Bogotá Colombia Cali 287 2,726,627 Domestic
65 China Guangzhou Hangzhou 1037 2,653,701 Domestic
66 Canada Montréal Toronto-Pearson 503 2,640,849 Domestic
67 China Jinghong Kunming Changshui 417 2,627,969 Domestic
68 New Zealand Auckland Wellington 483 2,617,041 Domestic
69 Malaysia Kota Kinabalu Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 1622 2,609,151 Domestic
70 Turkey İzmir Turkey Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen 364 2,608,469 Domestic
71 Philippines Davao Philippines Manila 975 2,606,945 Domestic
72 India Delhi Pune 1158 2,601,764 Domestic
73 Thailand Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Singapore 1431 2,596,349 International
74 Japan Tokyo-Narita Taiwan Taipei-Taoyuan 2193 2,592,049 International
75 India Delhi Hyderabad 1273 2,577,743 Domestic
76 Colombia Bogotá Colombia Cartagena 673 2,573,763 Domestic
77 Japan Tokyo-Haneda Kagoshima 948 2,553,366 Domestic
78 China Beijing Xi'an 951 2,540,100 Domestic
79 India Mumbai Goa 423 2,537,413 Domestic
80 New Zealand Auckland Christchurch 751 2,535,669 Domestic
81 Da Nang Vietnam Hanoi 626 2,534,425 Domestic
82 Japan Osaka-Kansai Taiwan Taipei-Taoyuan 1714 2,530,208 International
83 United States Denver Los Angeles 1392 2,519,541 Domestic
84 Thailand Bangkok-Don Mueang Thailand Hat Yai 794 2,518,553 Domestic
85 China Chengdu Shenzhen 1327 2,509,192 Domestic
86 China Chongqing Beijing 1483 2,485,613 Domestic
87 China Guangzhou Chongqing 975 2,468,368 Domestic
88 India Delhi Chennai 1774 2,456,556 Domestic
89 Australia Adelaide Melbourne 646 2,454,637 Domestic
90 Surabaya Indonesia Makassar 794 2,434,487 Domestic
91 Thailand Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Thailand Chiang Mai 597 2,395,389 Domestic
92 United Arab Emirates Dubai Kuwait Kuwait City 857 2,394,192 International
93 United States Atlanta New York-LaGuardia 1238 2,387,693 Domestic
94 India Mumbai United Arab Emirates Dubai 1925 2,383,145 International
95 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Penang 324 2,379,127 Domestic
96 Turkey Ankara Turkey Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen 322 2,378,692 Domestic
97 India Mumbai Chennai 1045 2,377,806 Domestic
98 United States Atlanta Fort Lauderdale 943 2,360,786 Domestic
99 Jakarta Padang 914 2,350,206 Domestic
100 Malaysia Kuching Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 971 2,341,291 Domestic

The world's busiest international air routes by origin-and-destination passenger volume (airport pairs)[edit]

Rank City/airport 1 City/airport 2 2017 passengers[2][3] 2015 passengers

(in millions)[4]

1 Indonesia Jakarta Singapore Singapore 4,810,602 3.4
2 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Singapore 4,108,824 2.7
3 Thailand Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Hong Kong 3,438,628 3
4 United Arab Emirates Dubai London-Heathrow 3,210,121
5 Hong Kong Hong Kong Seoul-Incheon 3,198,132
6 Hong Kong Singapore 3,147,384 2.7
7 United States New York-JFK London-Heathrow 2,972,817

Busiest routes by region[edit]

City/airport 1 City/airport 2 2017 passengers[2]
Asia-Pacific
South Korea Jeju Seoul-Gimpo 13,460,306
Middle East
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Saudi Arabia Riyadh 5,091,629
Africa
South Africa Cape Town Johannesburg-ORT 4,698,849
Latin America
Mexico Cancun Mexico City 4,656,308
North America
United States New York JFK Los Angeles 3,531,613
Europe
France Toulouse France Paris 2,358,917

The world's twelve busiest air routes by origin-and-destination passenger volume 2011-2015[edit]

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Rank City 1 City 2 Distance (km)[9] 2015 passengers
(in millions)[10]
2014 passengers
(in millions)[11]
2012 passengers
(in millions)
2011 passengers
(in millions)
Note
1 South Korea Seoul-Gimpo Jeju 450 11.1 10.5 10.156 9.9 Domestic
2 Japan Tokyo* Sapporo 819 7.8 7.0 8.211 7.0+ Domestic
3 Tokyo* Fukuoka 883 7.6 8.3 6.640 6.6+ Domestic
4 India Delhi Mumbai 1150 7.3 6.8 6.1 5.6 Domestic
6 China Beijing* Shanghai 1075 6.1 5.8 7.246 6.6+ Domestic
7 Brazil São Paulo Rio de Janeiro 366 7.716 7.6+ Domestic
8 Tokyo* Osaka 405 6.744 7.5 Domestic
9 Hong Kong Hong Kong Taiwan Taipei 780 5.1 5.1 5.513 6.2+ International
10 Dublin London* 440 4.7 International
11 Tokyo* Naha 1554 4.584 4.1 Domestic
12 Sydney Brisbane 800 4.45 Domestic
13 South Africa Johannesburg Cape Town 1271 4.407 4.5 Domestic

* (All airports)

By seat capacity[edit]

The following lists the world's top 10 busiest routes based on total number of seats per year flown in each direction.[12][13]

Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 December 2016 seats
(in millions)
August 2015 seats
(in millions)
Airlines serving
1 South Korea Seoul–Gimpo Jeju 6.561 6.8 Air Busan, Asiana Airlines, T'way Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air
2 Japan Tokyo–Haneda Sapporo–New Chitose 6.209 6.2 Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Air Do, Skymark Airlines
3 Tokyo–Haneda Fukuoka 5.961 5.8 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
4 Australia Sydney Melbourne 5.067 5.0 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
5 Hong Kong Hong Kong Taiwan Taipei–Taoyuan 4.146 4.2 Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, China Airlines, EVA Air, Hong Kong Airlines
6 India Delhi Mumbai 4.143 3.9 Air India, Air India Regional, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Vistara
7 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Hanoi 4.141 Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, Vietjet Air
8 China Beijing–Capital Shanghai–Hongqiao 3.962 3.8 Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Xiamen Airlines
9 Indonesia Surabaya Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta 3.850 Airfast Indonesia, Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia X, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air
10 Tokyo–Haneda Okinawa 3.785 3.8 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines

The following lists the world's top 10 busiest routes based on total number of seat kilometers per year flown as of 2015.[12]

Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Seat kilometers
(in billions)
1 United Kingdom London–Heathrow United States New York–JFK 10.92
2 London–Heathrow United Arab Emirates Dubai–International 9.37
3 London–Heathrow Hong Kong Hong Kong 8.75
4 London–Heathrow Los Angeles 8.53
5 London–Heathrow Singapore Singapore 8.21
6 Los Angeles New York–JFK 8.12
7 Los Angeles Australia Sydney 7.68
8 Sydney Dubai–International 6.65
9 Taiwan Taipei–Taoyuan Los Angeles 6.44
10 Los Angeles Seoul–Incheon 6.43

By aircraft movements[edit]

The following is a list of the world's busiest air routes based on the number of scheduled flights in both directions. Note that these statistics do not consider the number of passengers carried.

Domestic[edit]

Rank City 1 City 2 Flights from March 2018 to February 2019[14] Top carriers
1 South Korea Jeju South Korea Seoul–Gimpo 79,460 Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Korean Air
2 Australia Melbourne Australia Sydney 54,102 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tigerair Australia
3 India Delhi India Mumbai 45,188 Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Vistara
4 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Brazil São Paulo 39,747 Gol Transportes Aéreos, LATAM Airlines Brasil, Azul Linhas Aéreas
5 Japan Fukuoka Japan Tokyo–Haneda 39,406 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
6 Vietnam Hanoi Vietnam Saigon 39,291 Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, Vietjet Air
7 Japan Sapporo Japan Tokyo–Haneda 39,271 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
8 Indonesia Jakarta Indonesia Surabaya 37,762 Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, Lion Air, Batik Air
9 United States Los Angeles United States San Francisco 35,365 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines
10 Saudi Arabia Jeddah Saudi Arabia Riyadh 35,149 Saudia, Flynas
11 South Africa Cape Town South Africa Johannesburg 33,708 Comair, Mango, South African Airways, Safair
12 Australia Brisbane Australia Sydney 33,443 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tigerair Australia
13 Peru Cusco Peru Lima 27,092 Avianca, LATAM Perú, Peruvian Airlines
14 Indonesia Jakarta Indonesia Denpasar 31,958 Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air
15 Colombia Bogotá Colombia Medellin 31,279 Avianca, LATAM Airlines
16 China Shanghai-Hongqiao China Shenzhen 29,401 Spring Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Xianmen Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines
17 China Beijing China Shanghai-Hongqiao 29,233 Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Xiamen Airlines
18 Indonesia Jakarta Indonesia Makassar 28,903 Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, Lion Air, Batik Air
19 India New Delhi India Bangalore 28,716 Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Vistara
20 United States Los Angeles United States New York–JFK 26,286 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines

International[edit]

Rank City 1 City 2 Flights in 2018[15] Flights in 2017[16] Top carriers
1 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Singapore Singapore 30,537 29,383 Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, AirAsia, SilkAir, Jetstar Asia, Malindo Air, Scoot, Firefly, Saudia, Air Mauritius, Ethiopian Airlines
2 Hong Kong Hong Kong Taiwan Taipei 28,887 29,494 Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, EVA Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Dragon
3 Indonesia Jakarta Singapore Singapore 27,304 26,872 Singapore Airlines, Garuda, Lion Air, Jetstar Asia, Indonesia AirAsia, Scoot, Batik Air
4 Hong Kong Hong Kong China Shanghai-Pudong 21,888 20,818 Cathay Dragon, China Eastern Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific
5 Indonesia Jakarta Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 19.849 20,890 Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Lion Air, Indonesia AirAsia, Malindo Airways, Garuda
6 South Korea Seoul-Incheon Japan Osaka 17,488 Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Jin Air, Jeju Airlines, Peach Aviation, Easter Jet, T'way Air
7 Hong Kong Hong Kong South Korea Seoul-Incheon 17,075 16,366 Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, HK Express, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Airlines, Thai Airways
8 United States New York-LaGuardia Canada Toronto-Pearson 16,956 17,116 Air Canada, Westjet, American Airlines
9 United Arab Emirates Dubai–International Kuwait Kuwait 15,332 13,297 Emirates, Flydubai, Kuwait Airways, Jazeera Airways
10 Hong Kong Hong Kong Singapore Singapore 15,029 14,162 Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Jetstar Asia
11 Thailand Bangkok Singapore Singapore 14,859 14,455 Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Scoot, Jetstar Asia, Cathay Pacific
12 Thailand Bangkok Hong Kong Hong Kong 14,832 14,406 Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, Hong Kong Airlines, Emirates
13 Hong Kong Hong Kong China Beijing 14,543 14,592 Cathay Dragon, Air China, Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines
14 Republic of Ireland Dublin United Kingdom London–Heathrow 14,390 14,556 Aer Lingus, British Airways,
15 Japan Osaka Taiwan Taipei 14,186 China Airlines, EVA Airways, Peach Aviation, Tigerair Taiwan, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific
16 United States New York–JFK United Kingdom London–Heathrow 13,888 14,218 British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Delta Air
17 Japan Osaka China Shanghai-Pudong 13,576 China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Juneyao Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Spring Airlines
18 South Korea Seoul-Incheon Japan Tokyo-Narita 13,517 Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Jeju Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jin Air, T'way Air, Japan Airlines
19 Netherlands Amsterdam United Kingdom London–Heathrow 13,170 13,220 KLM, British Airways
20 United States Chicago Canada Toronto 13,100 13,595 Air Canada, United Airlines, American Airlines
21 Hong Kong Hong Kong Philippines Manila 13,270 Cebu Pacific Air, Cathay Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Philippine AirAsia
22 Germany Frankfurt United Kingdom London–Heathrow 13,208 British Airways, Lufthansa
23 Egypt Cairo Saudi Arabia Jeddah 12,896 Saudi Arabian Airlines, Egyptair, Flynas
24 Sweden Stockholm Norway Oslo 12,804 Norwegian Air Shuttle, SAS

Regional statistics[edit]

Europe[edit]

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

Data retrieved from Eurostat[8]
Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
1 France Toulouse/Blagnac Paris/Orly 2,322,456 2,330,224 2,379,100 2,330,949 2,318,015 2,358,917
2 Spain Madrid/Barajas Barcelona/El Prat ** 3,102,436 2,550,462 2,213,200 2,204,765 2,253,387 2,328,726
3 Nice/Côte d'Azur Paris/Orly 2,236,436 2,175,773 2,160,300 2,072,138 2,113,506 2,124,792
4 Italy Catania/Fontanarossa Rome/Fiumicino 1,842,940 1,694,400 1,566,800 1,869,881 1,979,648 1,998,352
5 Norway Oslo/Gardermoen Trondheim 1,749,545 1,818,877 1,873,944 1,912,141 1,942,959 1,988,105
6 Germany Berlin/Tegel Munich 1,667,408 1,731,145 1,831,700 1,868,877 1,974,929 1,939,820
7 Frankfurt Berlin/Tegel 1,792,655 1,813,063 1,845,600 1,792,006 1,907,218 1,935,465
8 Oslo/Gardermoen Bergen 1,691,887 1,729,076 1,722,398 1,819,279 1,810,826 1,881,960
9 Munich Hamburg 1,717,734 1,719,351 1,713,200 1,756,990 1,811,425 1,805,211
10 Greece Athens Thessaloniki 997,200 1,543,993 1,633,045 1,803,733
11 Barcelona/El Prat Palma de Mallorca/Son Sant Joan 1,639,423 1,460,684 1,388,900 1,410,172 1,576,063 1,772,613
12 United Kingdom London/Heathrow Republic of Ireland Dublin 1,556,111 1,577,649 1,663,900 1,650,394 1,682,855 1,751,689
13 Madrid/Barajas Palma de Mallorca/Son Sant Joan 1,604,853 1,442,410 1,224,700 1,283,404 1,411,314 1,687,547
14 Netherlands Amsterdam/Schiphol London/Heathrow 1,406,964 1,429,800 1,443,400 1,486,783 1,587,605 1,617,170
15 Munich Düsseldorf 1,569,364 1,553,361 1,558,200 1,527,416 1,557,442 1,565,997
16 Oslo/Gardermoen Stavanger 1,434,043 1,517,195 1,536,032 1,564,631 1,515,870 1,564,127
17 Sweden Stockholm Denmark Copenhagen 1,166,000 1,269,200 1,325,700 1,444,429 1,461,166 1,553,276
18 Rome/Fiumicino Palermo/Falcone Borsellino 1,499,933 1,360,400 1,264,100 1,475,957 1,481,174 1,543,462
19 Madrid/Barajas Gran Canaria 1,438,377 1,301,539 1,152,669 1,181,442 1,305,670 1,508,972
20 Copenhagen Oslo/Gardermoen 1,206,480 1,291,018 1,322,948 1,402,753 1,427,618 1,506,326
21 London/Heathrow Frankfurt 1,459,909 1,482,649 1,488,600 1,506,826 1,530,986 1,486,291
22 Stockholm Oslo/Gardermoen 1,153,232 1,187,164 1,204,351 1,354,730 1,338,163 1,387,885
23 Frankfurt Hamburg 1,587,593 1,385,867 1,362,400 1,343,857 1,361,027 1,372,185
24 London/Gatwick Barcelona/El Prat 517,820 741,735 1,131,350 1,273,850 1,354,193 1,362,488
25 London/Heathrow Madrid/Barajas 1,093,400 1,197,700 1,264,800 1,274,714 1,320,834 1,317,511
26 Barcelona/El Prat Rome/Fiumicino 1,184,506 1,315,868
27 London/Gatwick Dublin 1,086,701 1,309,524
28 Barcelona/El Prat Amsterdam 1,204,814 1,307,902
29 Madrid/Barajas Tenerife North 1,337,050 1,167,731 1,102,701 1,094,815 1,149,450 1,305,110
30 Madrid/Barajas Portugal Lisbon 1,169,714 1,108,931 975,389 1,026,786 1,174,116 1,299,412

* Figures are only available for EU countries, Switzerland, 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.

The St-Petersburg Pulkovo Airport - Moscow (three airports) route was used by 2,965,331 passengers in 2013.[17]

**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.[18]

Busiest air routes between an airport in Europe (EU, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway) and outside Europe[edit]

Eurostat[8]
Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2010) 2012 2014 2015 2016
1 London/Heathrow United Arab Emirates Dubai/Intl 1,974,098 2,067,227 2,838,717 2,862,852 3,038,958
2 London/Heathrow United States New York/John F Kennedy 2,551,276 2,881,390 3,002,024 3,078,693 2,960,268
3 London/Heathrow Los Angeles/Intl 1,419,144 1,428,040 1,481,023 1,645,002 1,565,992
4 London/Heathrow Hong Kong Hong Kong/Chek Lap Kok 1,801,520 1,638,834 1,608,980 1,584,486 1,574,741
5 France Paris/Charles De Gaulle New York/John F Kennedy 1,190,914 1,422,259 1,367,882 1,501,416 1,424,611
6 Paris/Orly Guadeloupe Guadeloupe/Pointe-à-Pitre 1,098,322 1,077,254 1,135,945 1,166,850 1,214,916
7 Paris/Charles De Gaulle Canada Montreal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1,158,381 1,092,084 1,107,738 1,147,598 1,148,800
8 Paris/Charles De Gaulle Dubai/Intl 716,865 843,205 1,063,559 1,076,875 1,101,546
9 London/Heathrow Chicago/O'Hare 1,138,579 1,188,326 1,161,250 1,060,332 1,073,522
10 London/Heathrow New York/Newark Liberty 1,091,804 1,167,828 1,168,357 1,000,189 952,310
London/Heathrow Singapore Singapore/Changi 1,507,032

Busiest air routes in or from Europe by city pairs[edit]

Eurostat[8]
Rank City 1 City 2 Passengers (2016)
1 United Kingdom London Republic of Ireland Dublin 4,771,614
2 London Netherlands Amsterdam 4,344,935
3 London United States New York 4,243,687
4 London United Arab Emirates Dubai 3,960,389
5 Russia Moscow Saint Petersburg 3,836,588[19]
6 London Edinburgh 3,393,013
7 France Paris Toulouse 3,260,074
8 London Spain Barcelona 3,125,080
9 Germany Berlin Cologne+Düsseldorf 3,017,845
10 Paris Nice 2,975,405
  • London includes City, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted and Southend airports
  • New York includes Kennedy and Newark airports
  • Paris includes Charles De Gaulle and Orly airports
  • Barcelona includes El Prat and Girona airports
  • Berlin includes Schönefeld and Tegel airports
  • Moscow includes Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports

Argentina (2017)[edit]

Busiest international air routes in Argentina
[20]
Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2017)
1 Argentina Buenos Aires Chile Santiago de Chile 2,027,000
2 Argentina Buenos Aires Brazil São Paulo 1,903,000
3 Argentina Buenos Aires United States Miami 1,001,000
4 Argentina Buenos Aires Brazil Rio de Janeiro 938,000
5 Argentina Buenos Aires Peru Lima 896,000
6 Argentina Buenos Aires Spain Madrid 815,000
7 Argentina Mendoza Chile Santiago de Chile 425,000
8 Argentina Buenos Aires Colombia Bogotá 372,000
9 Argentina Buenos Aires Italy Rome 332,000
10 Argentina Buenos Aires United States New York 329,000
Busiest domestic air routes in Argentina
[21]
Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2017)
1 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires Córdoba Province, Argentina Córdoba 1,368,000
2 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires - Aeroparque Río Negro Province Bariloche 1,005,000
3 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires - Aeroparque Mendoza Province Mendoza 880,000
4 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires - Aeroparque Misiones Province Iguazú 841,000
5 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires - Aeroparque Salta Province Salta 828,000
6 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires - Aeroparque Neuquén Province Neuquén 722,000
7 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires - Aeroparque Tucumán Province Tucumán 501,000
8 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires - Aeroparque Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina Ushuaia 490,000
9 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires - Aeroparque Chubut Province Comodoro Rivadavia 462,000
10 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires - Aeroparque Santa Cruz Province, Argentina El Calafate 383,000

Australia (2016-17)[edit]

Busiest domestic air routes in Australia[22] (all passengers including connecting)
Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2016–17)
1 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne New South Wales Sydney 8,974,400
2 Queensland Brisbane New South Wales Sydney 4,695,700
3 Queensland Brisbane Victoria (Australia) Melbourne 3,500,500
4 Queensland Gold Coast New South Wales Sydney 2,712,700
5 South Australia Adelaide Victoria (Australia) Melbourne 2,413,200
6 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne Western Australia Perth 2,048,100
7 Queensland Gold Coast Victoria (Australia) Melbourne 1,992,200
8 South Australia Adelaide New South Wales Sydney 1,886,500
9 Western Australia Perth New South Wales Sydney 1,737,800
10 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne Tasmania Hobart 1,598,700

Colombia (2017)[edit]

Busiest domestic air routes in Colombia[23] 
Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2017)
1
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Bogotá
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Medellín
3,013,297
2
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Bogotá
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Cartagena
2,433,483
3
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Bogotá
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Cali
2,083,833
4
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Bogotá
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Barranquilla
1,435,766
5
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Bogotá
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Santa Marta
1,151,101
6
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Bogotá
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Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina
951,880
7
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Bogotá
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Bucaramanga
942,793
8
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Bogotá
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Pereira
849,118
9
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Cartagena
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Medellín
738,699
10
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Bogotá
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Montería
568,500
Busiest international air routes in Colombia
[23]
Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2017)
1 Colombia Bogotá Panama Panama City 698,916
2 Colombia Bogotá Mexico Mexico City 533,444
3 Colombia Bogotá Peru Lima 470,514
4 Colombia Bogotá United States Miami 469,899
5 Colombia Bogotá Spain Madrid 447,470
6 Colombia Bogotá Ecuador Quito 391,586
7 Colombia Bogotá Chile Santiago de Chile 366,904
8 Colombia Medellín Panama Panama City 366,630
9 Colombia Bogotá Argentina Buenos Aires 333,481
10 Colombia Bogotá Mexico Cancún 306,905

India (2017-18)[edit]

Busiest domestic air routes in India:[24]

Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2018)
1 Delhi Mumbai 7,854,642
2 Delhi Bangalore 4,572,936
3 Mumbai Bangalore 4,085,712
4 Delhi Kolkata 3,358,674
5 Delhi Hyderabad 3,084,516
6 Delhi Pune 2,976,318
7 Mumbai Goa 2,856,942
8 Delhi Chennai 2,814,354
9 Mumbai Chennai 2,651,778
10 Mumbai Hyderabad 2,538,756
11 Delhi Ahmadabad 2,475,954
12 Mumbai Ahmadabad 2,374,956
13 Bangalore Hyderabad 2,364,978
14 Mumbai Kolkata 2,195,784
15 Delhi Lucknow 2,074,536

Mexico (2017-2018)[edit]

Busiest domestic air routes in Mexico
[25]
Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2018) Passengers (2017) % change
1 Mexico City Mexico City Quintana Roo Cancun 4,990,647 4,726,604 Increase5.59%
2 Nuevo León Monterrey Mexico City Mexico City 3,452,421 3,201,636 Increase7.83%
3 Mexico City Mexico City Jalisco Guadalajara 3,167,438 2,994,975 Increase5.76%
4 Baja California Tijuana Mexico City Mexico City 1,964,460 1,949,537 Increase0.77%
5 Baja California Tijuana Jalisco Guadalajara 1,783,149 1,710,444 Increase4.25%
6 Mexico City Mexico City Yucatán Mérida 1,686,256 1,500,472 Increase12.38%
7 Nuevo León Monterrey Quintana Roo Cancún 1,282,777 1,102,594 Increase16.34%
8 Jalisco Puerto Vallarta Mexico City Mexico City 956,419 873,581 Increase9.48%
9 Jalisco Guadalajara Quintana Roo Cancún 947,599 787,860 Increase20.28%
10 Chiapas Tuxtla Gutierrez Mexico City Mexico City 931,000 928,638 Increase0.25%
Busiest international air routes from Mexico
Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2018) Passengers (2017) % change
1 Mexico Mexico City United States Los Angeles 1,236,168 1,243,187 Decrease0.56%
2 Mexico Mexico City Houston–Intercontinental 1,049,838 1,012,793 Increase3.66%
3 Mexico Mexico City New York–JFK 1,009,024 878,274 Increase14.89%
4 Mexico Guadalajara Los Angeles 993,213 812,401 Increase22.26%
5 Mexico Cancun Houston–Intercontinental 868,115 854,905 Increase1.55%
6 Mexico Mexico City Colombia Bogotá 849,590 734,194 Increase15.72%
7 Mexico Cancún Chicago–O'Hare 809,898 796,821 Increase1.64%
8 Mexico Cancún Canada Toronto–Pearson 801,544 743,577 Increase7.80%
9 Mexico Mexico City Spain Madrid 779,777 680,103 Increase14.66%
10 Mexico Cancún United States Dallas/Fort Worth 779,235 734,861 Increase6.04%

United States (September 2014 - August 2015)[edit]

Busiest air routes by city pairs within the United States[26]
Rank City 1 City 2 Passengers
(Sep 2014-Aug 2015)
1 Illinois Chicago, IL (Metro Area) New York (state) New York, NY (Metro Area) 4,020,000
2 California Los Angeles, CA (Metro Area) California San Francisco, CA (Metro Area) 3,660,000
3 California Los Angeles, CA (Metro Area) New York (state) New York, NY (Metro Area) 3,420,000
4 Illinois Chicago, IL (Metro Area) California Los Angeles, CA (Metro Area) 3,010,000
5 Florida Miami, FL (Metro Area) New York (state) New York, NY (Metro Area) 2,750,000
6 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, GA (Metro Area) Illinois Chicago, IL (Metro Area) 2,720,000
7 Illinois Chicago, IL (Metro Area) Minnesota Minneapolis, MN (Metro Area) 2,720,000
8 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, GA (Metro Area) New York (state) New York, NY (Metro Area) 2,600,000
9 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, GA (Metro Area) Florida Orlando, FL (Metro Area) 2,620,000
10 Illinois Chicago, IL (Metro Area) Washington, D.C. Washington, DC (Metro Area) 2,620,000

See also[edit]

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

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