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Top 10 busiest air routes in North America

Posted: 18 December 2017 | | No comments yet

Research analysing the top 100 aviation routes by total capacity from November 1, 2016 to October 31, 2017 has been released.

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CENTRAL AMERICAN HUB: Mexico City appeared in the top ten three times

A new study published by Routes, the organiser of the world’s leading air service development events, shows that Mexico City to Cancun is the busiest air route in North America.

Almost 3.7 million passengers travelled the 1,294 km journey between Mexico City Juarez and Cancun in the twelve-month period between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017, putting it at the top of the study’s rankings.  The average cost of a ticket was $72.

Los Angeles International to New York J F Kennedy ranked second with 2.8 million people flying between the east and west coast cities. Routes’ research showed that the route is the longest in the top ten at 3,982 km and also the most expensive – a one-way ticket has an average cost of $338.

The third-busiest route links Mexico City Juarez with Monterrey International Airport, the third largest city in Mexico and the capital of the state of Nuevo León.

Completing the top five busiest passenger routes in North America is New York LaGuardia to Chicago O’Hare International, which attracted 2.36 million passengers during the year, and San Francisco to Los Angeles International, with 2.2 million.

The top ten routes:

 

 

Passengers

Average base fare ($)

Mexico City Juarez

Cancun

3682028

72.22

Los Angeles International

New York J F Kennedy International

2873316

337.66

Mexico City Juarez

Monterrey Mariano Escobedo International

2559902

84.3

New York LaGuardia

Chicago O’Hare International

2362480

147.55

San Francisco

Los Angeles International

2238043

111.66

Guadalajara

Mexico City Juarez

2201280

74.77

Los Angeles International

Seattle-Tacoma International

1990802

104.63

San Francisco

New York J F Kennedy International

1844864

327.2

New York LaGuardia

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson

1783435

201.53

Orlando International

Newark Liberty International

1696296

125.48

The research has been released two months ahead of Routes Americas 2018, an aviation forum that will take place in Quito, Ecuador (February 13-15). The event has attracted North America’s largest airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and Air Canada.

Steven Small, brand director of Routes said: “Routes Americas will bring together senior decision makers from the region’s airlines, airports and destinations to plan new services. They will also discuss increasing the frequency and capacity of the existing routes that are popular with passengers.

“The negotiations in Quito could lead the way to the busiest North American routes of the future.”

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