This week’s issue of Airline Weekly offers statistics on the busiest airline routes in the world.
Here are the 5 largest air routes in the world, all domestic and not a single one in the U.S. All are in Asia Pacific, four are in North Asia. And Vietnam is a notably fast growing market with potentially much more headroom.
I’m surprised that Rio – Sao Paulo and Beijing – Shanghai don’t make the list
These are the 5 international air routes with the greatest traffic. Again all are in Asia Pacific, split between North and Southeast Asia, with Hong Kong – Seoul the longest flight. Dublin-London, Seoul – Tokyo, and London – New York are notably absent.
Airline Weekly adds that least year 973 million people traveled by air from or within the EU, up 6% over 2015 and 29% higher than in 2009.
- 17% of traffic was domestic
- 36% was between the EU and a non-EU destination
- 47% was intra-EU international
The largest airline market in the EU is Britain with 249 million of 973 million total passengers, followed by Germany (201 million), Spain (193 million), France (145 million), and Italy (135 million).
French air traffic is heavily concentrated around Paris, while Germany’s, Spain’s, and Italy’s is distributed across several cities.
The fastest growing air markets in the EU and Bulgaria and Romania, while Belgium and Slovenia are the only countries whose air traffic is shrinking.