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The busiest air routes in the world appear to involve pairs of large cities in close proximity, but which rely more on air transport due to a lack of viable transport infrastructure for other modes, and the distance is large enough to discourage car driving.

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By air movements

Top 21 busiest passenger air routes in terms of air movements, September 2007

The following list is based on approximate flight numbers on certain routes (combined for both directions) as of January 2010. Included are routes with at least 300 flights per week. Note that these statistics do not consider the number of passengers carried, nor do they aggregate air movements made at other airports in the same city.[1]

Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Flights per week
1 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Airport Flag of Spain.svg Madrid-Barajas Airport 1240
2 Flag of Brazil.svg Congonhas-São Paulo International Airport Flag of Brazil.svg Santos Dumont Airport (Rio de Janeiro) 1130
3 Flag of Australia.svg Melbourne Airport Flag of Australia.svg Sydney Airport 950
4 Flag of South Korea.svg Jeju International Airport Flag of South Korea.svg Gimpo International Airport 870
5 Flag of Indonesia.svg Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Flag of Indonesia.svg Juanda International Airport 780
6 Flag of South Africa.svg Cape Town International Airport Flag of South Africa.svg Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport 700
6 Flag of Japan.svg New Chitose Airport Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo International Airport 700
8 Flag of Japan.svg Fukuoka Airport Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo International Airport 640
9 Flag of Australia.svg Brisbane Airport Flag of Australia.svg Sydney Airport 590
9 Flag of Ecuador.svg Mariscal Sucre International Airport Flag of Ecuador.svg José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport 590
11 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Capital International Airport Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport 560
11 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong International Airport Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport 560
13 Flag of the United States.svg Honolulu International Airport Flag of the United States.svg Kahului Airport 550
14 Flag of South Africa.svg Durban International Airport Flag of South Africa.svg Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport 530
15 Flag of Canada.svg Toronto Pearson International Airport Flag of Canada.svg Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport 480
15 Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore Changi Airport Flag of Indonesia.svg Soekarno-Hatta International Airport 480
17 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City International Airport Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara International Airport 450
17 Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore Changi Airport Flag of Malaysia.svg Kuala Lumpur International Airport 450
19 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles International Airport Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco International Airport 440
20 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles International Airport Flag of the United States.svg San Diego International Airport 430
5 Flag of India.svg Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Mumbai) Flag of India.svg Indira Gandhi International Airport (New Delhi) 860
22 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles International Airport Flag of the United States.svg John F. Kennedy International Airport 420
23 Flag of Italy.svg Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport Flag of Italy.svg Milan Linate Airport 400
23 Flag of France.svg Paris-Orly Airport Flag of France.svg Toulouse-Blagnac Airport 400
25 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong International Airport Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai Pudong International Airport 390
26 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles International Airport Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas McCarran International Airport 370
27 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg King Abdulaziz International Airport Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg King Khalid International Airport 360
26 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles International Airport Flag of the United States.svg Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport 340
29 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City International Airport Flag of Mexico.svg Cancun International Airport 310
29 Flag of the United States.svg John F. Kennedy International Airport Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco International Airport 310
31 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City International Airport Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey General Mariano Escobedo International Airport 300

By total volume of passengers

The Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network at Loughborough University compiled statistics on the total volume of passengers who flew in the first eight months of 2001, utilising a reservation system database [2]. Note on reliability: This data is based on reservations through GDS reservation system databases. Direct booking at the airline itself over internet/telephone/at the airport is not included, which is common for short routes with many frequent travellers. Some heavy domestic routes like Madrid—Barcelona have many unbooked passengers. In some cases it is off by a factor of three, the study finds Melbourne—Sydney carries 2.3 million passengers annually (1.5 in 8 months) while the Australian Government reports over seven million passengers are carried.[3]

Rank City 1 City 2 Passengers (Eight months: Jan-Aug 2001)
1. Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taipei 2,138,484
2. Flag of the United States.svg New York City Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles 1,697,593
3. Flag of the United States.svg New York City Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 1,609,337
4. Flag of Australia.svg Melbourne Flag of Australia.svg Sydney 1,563,106
5. Flag of Italy.svg Rome Flag of Italy.svg Milan 1,518,767
6. Flag of South Africa.svg Johannesburg Flag of South Africa.svg Cape Town 1,406,897
7. Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles 1,375,660
8. Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London 1,242,550
9. Flag of the United States.svg New York City Flag of the United States.svg Chicago 1,182,326
10. Flag of Thailand.svg Bangkok Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong 1,141,062
11. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Flag of France.svg Paris 1,060,999
12. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Flag of Ireland.svg Dublin 1,050,940
13. Flag of France.svg Paris Flag of France.svg Marseille 1,044,128
14. Flag of Thailand.svg Bangkok Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore 1,024,818
15. Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro Flag of Brazil.svg Sao Paulo 992,775
16. Flag of the United States.svg New York City Flag of the United States.svg Boston 988,976
17. Flag of the United States.svg New York City Flag of the United States.svg Miami 955,838
18. Flag of the United States.svg New York City Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta 935,265
19. Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas 924,732
20. Flag of the United States.svg New York City Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco 909,514
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Europe

Busiest air routes inside the EU and Norway:

Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2007)
1 Spain Madrid Spain Barcelona 4 627 000
2 Italy Rome Italy Milano/Linate 2 500 000
3 France Paris/Orly France Toulouse 2 328 000
4 France Paris/Orly France Nice 2 312 000
5 United Kingdom London/Heathrow Republic of Ireland Dublin 1 974 000
6 United Kingdom London/Heathrow Netherlands Amsterdam 1 799 000
7 United Kingdom London/Heathrow France Paris/CDG 1 790 000
8 Spain Barcelona Spain Palma de Mallorca 1 785 000
9 Spain Madrid Spain Palma de Mallorca 1 758 000
10 Germany München Germany Hamburg 1 757 000
11 Germany Frankfurt Germany Berlin/Tegel 1 648 000
12 Norway Oslo Norway Bergen 1 626 000
13 Norway Oslo Norway Trondheim 1 616 000
14 Spain Madrid Spain Las Palmas/Gran Canaria 1 541 000
15 Germany Munich Germany Düsseldorf 1 529 000
16 Italy Rome Italy Catania 1 524 000
17 Germany Munich Germany Berlin/Tegel 1 510 000
18 Spain Madrid/Barajas Spain Málaga 1 502 000
19 United Kingdom London/Heathrow Germany Frankfurt 1 446 000
20 United Kingdom London/Heathrow United Kingdom Edinburgh 1 436 000

Busiest air routes between an EU airport and a non-EU airport:

Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2008)
1 United Kingdom London/Heathrow United States New York/JFK 2 803 000
2 United Kingdom London/Heathrow United Arab Emirates Dubai 1 652 000
3 United Kingdom London/Heathrow Hong Kong Hong Kong 1 494 000
4 United Kingdom London/Heathrow United States Los Angeles 1 461 000
5 United Kingdom London/Heathrow United States Chicago/O'Hare 1 460 000
6 Denmark Copenhagen/Kastrup Norway Oslo/Gardermoen 1 290 000
7 France Paris/CDG United States New York/JFK 1 214 000
8 France Paris/CDG United States Montreal/Pierre Elliot Trudeau 1 105 000
9 United Kingdom London/Heathrow Singapore Singapore/Changi 1 066 000
10 United Kingdom London/Heathrow United States Washington/Dulles 1 041 000

Sources: Eurostat: Air passenger transport in Europe in 2007 (which contains only routes with at least one EU airport), Norsk bane: Rapport mai 2009 (see page 12, based on Eurostat with domestic Norway added), and Eurostat: Air transport in the EU27. Domestic Russia, Ukraine and Turkey are not included. Based on airport statistics, no country in Europe other than EU, Norway and the mentioned countries can have domestic routes with more than 1 million passengers.

United States

Busiest air routes by city pairs in or from the United States (outbound plus inbound, including connecting passengers)[4]:

Rank City 1 City 2 Passengers (2009)
1 New York or Newark Miami, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach 8,748,534
2 Los Angeles San Francisco or Oakland 6,306,638
3 Atlanta Miami, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach 5,045,415
4 New York or Newark Chicago 4,705,007
5 New York or Newark Atlanta 4,544,176
6 New York or Newark Los Angeles 4,355,755
7 New York or Newark Orlando 4,032,427
8 New York or Newark London, UK 3,881,558
9 Los Angeles Las Vegas 3,733,037
10 Los Angeles Phoenix 3,434,874

Australia

Busiest domestic air routes in Australia[3] (all passengers including connecting):

Rank Airport 1 Airport 2 Passengers (2007)
1 Melbourne Sydney 6 795 000
2 Brisbane Sydney 4 079 000
3 Brisbane Melbourne 2 699 000
4 Gold Coast Sydney 2 139 000
5 Adelaide Melbourne 1 877 000
6 Melbourne Perth 1 606 000
7 Gold Coast Melbourne 1 325 000
8 Adelaide Sydney 1 531 000
9 Perth Sydney 1 364 000
10 Brisbane Cairns 1 193 000

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