12 Cities – Visitor Cities

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Airport: World City Air Passenger Traffic

27 October 2016, by Paul Tostevin

Busiest cross-continent air routes, selected world cities



Busiest cross-continent air routes by passenger traffic in selected global cities

Figure 1

London has the world’s busiest airport system by passenger count (155 million in 2015), served by six commercial airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City, Southend).

New York is second with 121 million passengers in 2015. The two global mega cities host the world’s busiest long-haul route: London to NYC. They also have the world’s largest and most invested real estate markets, a combined $200 billion in 2015/16.

While London accounts for eight of the 20 top cross-regional pairs assessed here, in the case of Shanghai, Paris is the best served destination (followed by Frankfurt). Dubai is now the busiest cross-continental route for travellers from Johannesburg and Mumbai.

For Tokyo and Sydney, Asian cities on the Pacific rim, Los Angeles is the number one cross-regional destination. Miami, gateway to Latin America, finds its busiest route to Sao Paulo, and from Rio, Miami.


Top city pair within region

Figure 2

Source: Savills World Research


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Yolande Barnes

Yolande Barnes

World Research

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Paul Tostevin

Paul Tostevin

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World Research

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