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World's busiest passenger air routes

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

Contents

  • By number of passengers 1
    • World 1.1
    • Europe (2011) 1.2
    • United States (July 2014-June 2015) 1.3
    • Australia (2013) 1.4
  • By seat capacity 2
    • 2015 2.1
    • 2014 2.2
  • By aircraft movements 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

By number of passengers

World

The world's ten busiest air routes by origin-and-destination passenger volume, according to Amadeus :[1] [2] [3]

Rank City 1 City 2 2014 Passengers
(in millions)
2012 Passengers
(in millions)
2011 Passengers
(in millions)
Distance[4]
1 Seoul Jeju 10.5 10.156 9.9 450 km
2 Tokyo Fukuoka 8.3 6.640 6.6+ 883 km
3 Tokyo Sapporo 7.8 8.211 7.5 819 km
4 Sydney Melbourne 7.0 6.943 7.0+ 706 km
5 Beijing Shanghai 5.8 7.246 6.6+ 1075 km
6 São Paulo Rio de Janeiro 7.716 7.6+ 366 km
7 Tokyo Osaka 6.744 7.5 405 km
8 Hong Kong Taipei 5.1 5.513 6.2+ 780 km
9 Tokyo Okinawa 4.584 4.1 1554 km
10 Johannesburg Cape Town 4.407 4.5 1271 km

Europe (2011)

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

The St-Petersburg Pulkovo Airport - Moscow (three airports) route was used by 2,965,331 passengers in 2013.[7]

**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.[6]

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

United States (July 2014-June 2015)

Busiest air routes by city pairs within the United States [8]
Rank City 1 City 2 Passengers (March 2014-April 2015)
1 Chicago, IL (Metro Area) New York City, NY (Metro Area) 3,970,000
2 Los Angeles, CA (Metro Area) San Francisco, CA (Metro Area) 3,640,000
3 Los Angeles, CA (Metro Area) New York City, NY (Metro Area) 3,390,000
4 Chicago, IL (Metro Area) Los Angeles, CA (Metro Area) 2,960,000
5 Chicago, IL (Metro Area) Minneapolis, MN (Metro Area) 2,670,000
6 Miami, FL (Metro Area) New York City, NY (Metro Area) 2,660,000
7 Atlanta, GA (Metro Area) Chicago, IL (Metro Area) 2,640,000
8 Atlanta, GA (Metro Area) New York City, NY (Metro Area) 2,600,000
9 Chicago, IL (Metro Area) Washington, DC (Metro Area) 2,560,000
10 Atlanta, GA (Metro Area) Orlando, FL (Metro Area) 2,560,000

Australia (2013)

Busiest domestic air routes in Australia[9] (all passengers including connecting)
Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2014)
1 Melbourne Sydney 8,322,300
2 Brisbane Sydney 4,447,900
3 Brisbane Melbourne 3,317,100
4 Gold Coast Sydney 2,596,400
5 Adelaide Melbourne 2,272,000
6 Melbourne Perth 2,160,700
7 Adelaide Sydney 1,813,000
8 Perth Sydney 1,798,900
9 Gold Coast Melbourne 1,754,200
10 Melbourne Hobart 1,400,200

By seat capacity

2015

The following lists the world's top 10 busiest routes based on total number of seats per year flown in both directions as of August 2015.[10]

Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Seats Airlines Serving
1 Seoul-Gimpo Jeju 6.8 million Air Busan, Asiana Airlines, T'way Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air
2 Tokyo-Haneda Sapporo-New Chitose 6.2 million Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Air Do, Skymark Airlines, Vanilla Air
3 Tokyo-Haneda Fukoka 5.8 million All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
4 Sydney Melbourne 5 million Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
5 Hong Kong Taiwan 4.2 million Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Air, Hong Kong Airlines
6 Delhi Mumbai 3.9 million Air India, Air India Regional, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Vistara
7 Tokyo-Haneda Okinawa 3.8 million All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines
8 Beijing Shanghai-Hongqiao 3.8 million Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Spring Airlines
9 Tokyo-Haneda Osaka 3.7 million All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, StarFlyer
10 São Paulo-Congonhas Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont 3.6 million Avianca Brazil, Gol Airlines, TAM Airlines

2014

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 Tokyo Haneda Sapporo-New Chitose Airport 1,253,220 Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Air Do, Skymark Airlines, Vanilla Air
2 Seoul-Gimpo Airport Jeju International Airport 848,151 Air Busan, Asiana Airlines, T'way Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air
3 Tokyo Haneda Fukuoka Airport 811,521 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
4 Sydney Airport Melbourne Airport 780,932 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
5 Beijing Capital International Airport Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport 689,287 Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Spring Airlines
6 Hong Kong International Airport Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport 680,915 Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Air, Hong Kong Airlines
7 Tokyo Haneda Naha Airport 659,166 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Japan Transocean Air
8 Congonhas-São Paulo Airport Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport 624,105 Avianca Brazil, Gol Airlines, TAM Airlines
9 Tokyo Haneda Osaka Itami 620,460 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines
10 Mumbai-Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport Delhi-Indira Gandhi Airport 575,133 Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Vistara
11 Madrid-Barajas Airport Barcelona Airport 461,228 Air Europa, Iberia, Vueling
12 Karachi-Jinnah International Airport Dubai International Airport 456,792 Pakistan International Airlines, Airblue, Shaheen Air, Emirates, Flydubai, Etihad Airlines, Qatar Airways
13 Sydney Airport Brisbane Airport 456,540 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
14 Johannesburg OR Tambo Cape Town International Airport 453,551 Comair, Kulula.com, Mango, South African Airways
15 Singapore Changi Airport 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 Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta 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 International Airport 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 Tan Son Nhat International Airport Noi Bai International Airport 366,256 Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific Airlines, VietJet Air
18 Los Angeles International Airport San Francisco International Airport 350,014 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America
19 Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport 346,472 Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Spring Airlines
20 Beijing Capital International Airport Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport 345,265 Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines
21 Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta Ngurah Rai International Airport 338,055 Batavia Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air
22 Johannesburg OR Tambo Durban-King Shaka 337,720 1Time, Comair, Kulula.com, Mango, South African Airways, South African Express, Velvet Sky
23 Hong Kong International Airport Bangkok Suvarnabhumi 335,622 Bangkok Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Hong Kong Airlines, Kenya Airways, Orient Thai Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways
24 Beijing Capital International Airport Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport 334,859 Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines
25 Beijing Capital International Airport Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport 333,918 Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Sichuan Airlines
26 Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta Kuala Namu International Airport 328,486 Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air
27 Singapore Changi Airport Kuala Lumpur International Airport 326,533 Air Asia, Jetstar Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Oman Air, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Tigerair
28 Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Changi Airport 314,422 Cathay Pacific, Jetstar Asia, Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Tigerair, United Airlines
29 Riyadh King Khalid Jeddah-King Abdulaziz 310,970 Nas Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines
30 Los Angeles International Airport New York-John F. Kennedy 310,856 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, Virgin America
31 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Phuket International Airport 307,619 Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, *Nok Air, *Orient Thai Airlines
32 Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport 298,428 China Eastern, China Southern, Juneyao Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Spring Airlines
33 Chicago O'Hare New York Laguardia 298,378 American Airlines, Delta Connection/Shuttle America, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, United Express/Shuttle America
34 Melbourne Airport Brisbane Airport 292,443 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
35 Tokyo Haneda Kagoshima Airport 291,368 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines, Skynet Asia Airways
36 Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta Hasanuddin International Airport 290,388 Batavia Air, Express Air, Garuda Indonesia, Kartika Airlines, Lion Air, Merpati Nusantara Airlines, Pelita Air Service, Sriwijaya Air
37 London Heathrow Airport New York-John F. Kennedy 282,205 American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Kuwait Airways, Virgin Atlantic
38 Beijing Capital International Airport Hong Kong International Airport 272,588 Air China, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways
39 Seoul Gimpo Gimhae International Airport 271,518 Air Busan, Korean Air
40 Bogotá El Dorado Medellín-José María Córdova 267,407 Avianca, Copa Airlines Colombia, LAN Colombia, VivaColombia
41 Tokyo Narita Seoul Incheon 265,230 All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, United Airlines, Eastar Jet
42 Hong Kong International Airport Manila-Ninoy Aquino 260,819 Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, Dragonair, Hong Kong Express Airways, Philippine Airlines
43 Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Orlando International Airport 260,180 Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines
44 Manila-Ninoy Aquino Mactan-Cebu International Airport 259,582 Airphil Express, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Zest Airways, Tigerair Philippines, Philippines AirAsia
45 Jeddah-King Abdulaziz Cairo International 259,417 EgyptAir, Saudi Arabian Airlines
45 Karachi-Jinnah International Airport Islamabad-Benazir Bhutto International Airport 258,792 Pakistan International Airlines, Airblue, Shaheen Air, Air Indus
46 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Singapore Changi Airport 256,418 Cathay Pacific, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia Airways, Myanmar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Tigerair
47 Melbourne Airport Adelaide Airport 255,376 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tigerair Australia
48 Milan Linate Rome Fiumicino 254,716 Alitalia, easyjet
49 Tokyo Haneda Hiroshima Airport 252,636 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines
50 Toronto Pearson Vancouver International Airport 252,587 Air Canada, WestJet

By aircraft movements

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.[11] 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 Rio de Janeiro São Paulo 284 Avianca Brazil, Gol Airlines, TAM Airlines
2 Jeju Seoul 209 Air Busan, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, T'way Airlines, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air
3 Melbourne Sydney 192 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tigerair Australia
4 Chicago New York 184 American Airlines, Delta Connection, Delta Shuttle, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, United Express
5 Fukuoka Tokyo 136 All Nippon Airways, Air Nippon, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
6 Sapporo Tokyo 128 Air Do, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
7 Los Angeles San Francisco 124 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Delta Shuttle, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways Express, Virgin America
8 Jakarta Surabaya 123 Airfast Indonesia, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia Air Asia, Lion Air, Mandala, Merpati Nusantara Airlines, Sriwijaya Air
9 Delhi Mumbai 119 Air India, Air-India Express, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Air Vistara
10 Cape Town Johannesburg 116 Comair, Kulula.com, Mango, South African Airways, South African Express
11 Osaka Tokyo 115 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
12- Athens Thessaloniki 106 Aegean Airlines, Ellinair, Ryannair, Ural Airlines
12- Atlanta New York 106 Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines
13 Beijing Shanghai 100 Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines, Juneyao Airlines
14 Brisbane Sydney 99 Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tiger Airways Australia
15 Los Angeles New York 98 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Qantas, United Airlines, Virgin America
16 Dublin London 91 Aer Lingus, Ryanair, British Airways, CityJet, Aer Lingus Regional, Flybe
17 Hong Kong Taipei 83 Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Air
18 Paris Toulouse 82 Air France, easyJet
19 Brisbane Melbourne 72 Alliance Airlines, Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia
19 Fort Lauderdale New York 72 Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines
19 Honolulu Kahului 72 Hawaiian Airlines, Island Air, Go!
22 Miami New York 70 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways
22 Okinawa Tokyo 70 All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
24 New York Orlando 69 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, JetBlue Airways
25 Las Vegas Los Angeles 68 American Airlines, Boutique Air, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, Virgin America

See also

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

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