Was fascinated by this mapping of the Top Ten busiest air routes by Visual Statistix. The article is from Amadeus which noted that 300 of the world’s routes carry 20pc of the world’s passengers. They also state that each of these 300 “super routes” has one million plus passengers per year.
It seems seven of the top ten routes are in Asia, one in Australia, one in Africa and one in the Americas. Considering 60 per cent of the world’s population live in Asia, this makes sense.
The high use of trains in Europe probably explains why there are no routes in the top ten in that part of the world. For example, The Paris CDG -London Heathrow air passenger numbers probably only number three million whereas Eurostar carried 9.9million people last year. I am also interested in the impact of the Beijing to Shanghai high speed rail which is two years old. In the first year the High Speed line carried a staggering 52.6million people.
I thought traffic between London Heathrow and New York JFK but it only sits at 2.5million with a further million traveling between LHR and Newark. I also am puzzled as to why LAX to San Francisco is not in the top ten.
I have flown exactly 500 routes but only one of them (Sydney to Melbourne) is in the top ten. Anyone flown most or all of the top ten routes?