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50 Busiest Air Routes from London

Below are the 50 busiest passenger routes from London's six airports. Using the map, try and name the destinations.
Airports serving the same metro area are included together
CAA Annual Data, 2023. Tables 12 and 13.
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First submittedNovember 4, 2016
Times taken75,095
Average score84.0%
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Passengers
City
4.64 m
New York City
4.52 m
Dublin
3.77 m
Dubai
3.48 m
Amsterdam
2.81 m
Barcelona
2.77 m
Edinburgh
2.68 m
Istanbul
2.59 m
Madrid
2.34 m
Lisbon
2.30 m
Belfast
2.22 m
Geneva
2.20 m
Milan
2.17 m
Málaga
Passengers
City
2.13 m
Doha
2.12 m
Rome
2.07 m
Paris
2.00 m
Glasgow
1.82 m
Copenhagen
1.73 m
Los Angeles
1.73 m
Mallorca
1.71 m
Faro
1.71 m
Zurich
1.70 m
Frankfurt
1.56 m
Athens
1.50 m
Berlin
1.49 m
Alicante
Passengers
City
1.49 m
Nice
1.47 m
Tenerife
1.43 m
Singapore
1.42 m
Budapest
1.37 m
Munich
1.37 m
Bucharest
1.36 m
Stockholm
1.33 m
Warsaw
1.32 m
Toronto
1.28 m
Delhi
1.26 m
Vienna
1.18 m
Hong Kong
Passengers
City
1.18 m
Oslo
1.18 m
Tel Aviv
1.14 m
Venice
1.12 m
Antalya
1.10 m
Prague
1.10 m
Boston
1.09 m
Chicago
1.09 m
San Francisco
1.08 m
Mumbai
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Miami
975 k
Larnaca
959 k
Kraków
98 Comments
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Level 76
Nov 4, 2016
Superb!
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Level 52
Nov 5, 2016
Nice quiz. The number for Geneva seems incredibly high. I can hardly imagine Geneva getting more passengers than Frankfurt or Zurich.
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Level 47
Nov 5, 2016
Well Geneva is the financial capital of Switzerland so gets a lots of business travellers and is also I think the most popular airport destination for skiing and stuff so gets a lot of passengers.
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Level 47
Nov 5, 2016
But yes it is a lot. I think about 15% of all passengers in Geneva fly to London
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Level 77
Mar 22, 2018
The members of Deep Purple and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention went there at least once.
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Level 67
Sep 29, 2023
Such a great song on such a great album. I love the guitar solo, it's so controlled. Ian's drum fills are just perfect, also.
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Level 89
Jul 22, 2018
And the Rolling Stones lent them their mobile. Some stupid with a flare gun could've been stopped these days.
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Level 77
Nov 6, 2016
I was trying to think of a French city there. Even zoomed in you can't see the border properly. Of course, should know the shape of Switzerland and so on.
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Level 57
Feb 16, 2017
Remember, Geneva airport is part in France & part in Switzerland - so, in a sense, you shouldn't see the border!
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Level 72
Feb 21, 2017
The airport is definitely not in France, but sure, the airport fence is almost on the border!
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Level 47
Feb 21, 2017
He's referring to the fact that domestic French flights land at Geneva. Not that it matters as mucj anymore, now that Switzerland is in the Schengen area
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Level 62
Jul 28, 2020
Joedimaggio, the airport is actually in France as well as Switzerland, as the runway crosses over the border and some of the terminal buildings are actually in Frace
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Level 81
Apr 13, 2024
I'm sorry, what? No. Absolutely not.

@Joedimaggio is correct, the airport is definitely not in France. At all. The northern edge of the airport property runs along the border, the airport property itself is entirely in Swiss territory, the closest the runway comes to France is about 120m away, and the terminal buildings are clear on the other (south) side of the airport so are very much in Switzerland.

See, for example, the Google Maps view here.

Or perhaps you would like to check out the Wikipedia page for the Geneva Airport which explicitly states that "The airport lies entirely within Swiss territory."

Please do your research first.

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Level 72
Jun 12, 2024
You have the "secteur France" of the airport (for french domestic flights) that is still 100% in Switzerland but you can drive there directly from France (from the city of Ferney-Voltaire) by skipping the customs. Nevertheless, you are never in France when you are in the airport. The border was slightly changed in the 60s to extend the runway.
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Level 57
Jan 14, 2017
Geneva has a lot of international head quaters
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Level 63
Feb 17, 2017
It's our access to the alps
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Level 31
Jul 19, 2018
Loads of people use geneva for skiing holidays
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Level 75
Jul 19, 2018
I couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting that city in Switzerland. After time was up and I saw the answers I realized I had been typing Lake Geneva. Duh. Time for coffee.
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Level 82
Nov 5, 2016
I think I mispelled Aberdeen. Only missed that one and a couple resort towns on the Iberian coast. I was confused for a while about the dot for London, I thought it was another destination, but couldn't figure out where so many people from London would be flying that was right next to London.
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Level 85
Feb 16, 2017
Same confusion here with the London dot.
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Level 75
Feb 16, 2017
Agree. That dot needs to be colored green or removed altogether.
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Level 82
Apr 1, 2019
This time I only missed those 2 resort cities Faro and Alicante. Aberdeen seems to have been taken off, as was the dot for London.
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Level 85
May 1, 2019
Yeah, I could only think of Benidorm for Alicante. It's more of a stereotypical holiday destination for lobster-pink Brits eating egg and chips. There was even a British sitcom set there, creatively titled "Benidorm". Turns out you fly into Alicante to get there.
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Level ∞
Nov 5, 2016
Got all 50! It helps that I used to run a travel site so I know all the European vacation destinations. And that also explains the name of "JetPunk" - we were originally going to be another travel site.
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Level 65
Nov 5, 2016
What led you to go from a travel site to a quiz-making site?
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Level ∞
Nov 6, 2016
We were going to use quizzes to promote the travel content.
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Level 91
Nov 10, 2016
Filing that away in the "always wondered, now know" files.
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Level 39
Feb 16, 2017
So what's the fish is about?
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Level 73
Jul 19, 2018
@Quizmaster Ha!
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Level 75
Jul 19, 2018
As Arte Johnson used to say on Laugh-In, "Ver-r-r-y interesting."
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Level 78
Nov 5, 2016
I forgot that this is from London, and not Paris, so I was wondering why it wouldn't accept London.
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Level 77
Nov 7, 2016
Didn't realize that Switzerland jutted so far into France. I kept trying French cities for Geneva.
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Level 57
Nov 15, 2016
As you may know, Geneva airport is essentially split between the 2 countries. French domestic flights will exit you into France.
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Level 75
Feb 16, 2017
I didn't know, and thanks for the explanation.
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Level 51
Jan 6, 2017
Voted 5 stars despite being unable to type a city or two, like Edinbourgh. Makes you think.
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Level 28
Aug 4, 2023
If you dont spell it right, doesnt not count, Hah!

I got all 50.

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Level 40
Jan 16, 2017
I wonder how Brussels isn't a top site....
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Level 86
Jan 28, 2017
Probably because of the Eurostar.
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Level 47
Mar 2, 2017
Also probably because of three other reasons: it's a small city, is not a major tourist destination, and it's airport is not a hub. At least compared to nearby Amsterdam and Paris which both rank highly in the quiz
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Level 44
Apr 12, 2023
It's a hub... for Brussels Airlines, which is a pretty minor player. Compare to KL @ AMS, AF @ CDG, LH @ FRA, all of which fly to way more destinations.
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Level 29
Feb 13, 2017
I'm proud of myself! Only missed six!
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Level 65
Feb 16, 2017
Please accept Santa Cruz for Tenerife.
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Level 72
Apr 15, 2024
I would think that most flights are to Tenerife South, which is not near Santa Cruz
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Level 65
Feb 16, 2017
Nice quiz, You should also accept Dyce for Aberdeen.
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Level 72
Feb 16, 2017
50/50 with 3.10 left...1st try
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Level 57
Feb 16, 2017
Dubai is a country
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Level 68
Feb 16, 2017
Nope.
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Level 49
Jun 25, 2018
No. It's in the UAE. Dubai is a city.
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Level 85
Feb 16, 2017
I think I can remember Faro next time I take this quiz because it is near the farthest point in Portugal from London.
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Level 65
Feb 16, 2017
The Generali Geeks approve of this quiz, you are worthy......for today.

#whats this on my shoes!!!

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Level 65
Feb 16, 2017
This list surprises me a lot. Doha and Tenerife make the cut while Atlanta (busiest airport in the world) and Sao Paulo don't.
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Level 47
Feb 16, 2017
Looking at the list, it consists of the major European cities, lots of European holiday resorts for the British (like Tenerife, Majorca, Malaga, Geneva), popular city breaks (like Budapest, Prague, Barcelona, Venice), then major hubs for British travellers to Asia (Doha and Dubai and to a lesser extent Singapore), then major financial centres (Hong Kong, Singapore and New York, Toronto, Chicago).

Altanta is only very popular because its such a domestic hub, so doesn't get as many flights to London. London to New York is the main entrance to the United States, and has like 29 flights a day. And not many people fly between London and South America.

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Level 43
Feb 16, 2017
I wouldn't say that about Atlanta. Had to fly through there to get to Guatemala City. Lots of flights to Latin America. Surprised Miami made the cut and Atlanta didn't (although I guess Miami is a transfer point to either cruise ships or flights to Latin America)
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Level 47
Feb 16, 2017
Miami is the busiest airport in the United States for International passengers, and gets about double the number passengers from London compared to Atlanta. Not saying Atlanta has no international flights (it is the 5th busiest airport for international passengers in the US) but Miami is bigger.
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Level 47
Feb 16, 2017
*Latin America passengers not International passengers
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Level 66
Jun 12, 2024
English people don't go to Brazil or Mid-USA on holiday. Tenerife is a massive tourist destination for Brits because it's close and it's cheap and it even accomodates for unadventerous Brits.
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Level 68
Feb 16, 2017
I was surprised Brussels and Moscow are not included!
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Level 47
Feb 16, 2017
This data is from 2015. In 2014, Moscow was (I think!) 47th
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Level 44
Feb 17, 2017
Awesome quiz! I got to do the London - Boston route first class last summer after I fell in Scotland and tore a tendon in my knee. The airline had to upgrade me because I had a full leg brace on and couldn't bend my knee. It sucked about the leg, but the upgrade was a really nice perk!
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Level 47
Mar 6, 2017
I've also made a New York City version of this quiz.
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Level 68
Jun 21, 2017
It seems as though Europe has a dreadful case of the chicken pox.
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Level 31
Jul 3, 2017
37 without looking at the map, only added Edinburgh after looking.
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Level 69
Mar 19, 2018
shouldn't "mallorca" be enough?
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Level 77
Mar 19, 2018
The airport is at Palma though. By the same logic might almost take "Algarve" for Faro.
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Level 90
Mar 20, 2018
Meh, it's an island after all, I think it should be enough. Otherwise the quiz would have to ask for Santa Cruz instead of Tenerife.
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Level 72
Mar 22, 2018
Yeah, another vote for "Mallorca" to be accepted.
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Level 65
Feb 1, 2022
"mallorca" is what the place is referred to, shorthand, imho it should be added as an acceptable answer
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Level 76
Mar 21, 2018
Also accept "Palma"?
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Level 47
Mar 21, 2018
That should have worked already :)
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Level 72
Feb 9, 2021
it didn't
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Level 69
Mar 25, 2018
I wish, I wish (hear me, O Fairy Quizmaster?) that there was some sort of readable change log, because it'd be really fascinating for MANY of these quizzes to follow how they change over time.
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Level 76
Jul 19, 2018
Faro? Malaga? Alicante? Tene-what?
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Level 53
Jul 19, 2018
They're all very popular beach holiday destinations for Brits
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Level 72
Jul 19, 2018
I understand that Reykjavik is easier to find, but Keflavik should also be accepted. Reykjavik itself has just a small local airport.
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Level 67
Jul 19, 2018
Accept Mallorca
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Level 69
Jul 21, 2018
ask nicely
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Level 70
Apr 1, 2019
I don't want medals and I don't want money, but you gotta ask me nicely!
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Level 79
Feb 28, 2019
Could 'Majorca' (the English name) or 'Mallorca' be accepted for Palma de Mallorca?
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Level 82
Apr 1, 2019
That's the name of the island.
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Level 63
Jun 15, 2019
49/50

Without Alicante

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Level 71
Jul 21, 2019
got all but alicante
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Level 73
Aug 12, 2019
Interesting that there were so few domestic destinations. I had assumed I'd miss some regional UK airports but there weren't any on the list.
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Level 63
Jun 12, 2024
It’s what comes of having a decent, well-connected train service and road network: Domestic flights are only really justifiable as part of a larger journey (e.g. flying into/out of Newcastle via London) or for jumps from one end of the country to the other (e.g. London to Aberdeen).

(There are also some more remote islands accessible only by plane, but those are all reached from smaller local airports on the mainland or other such islands, none from London directly.)

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Level 51
Aug 29, 2019
very surprised, Washington, Brussels, Moscow and Tokyo not on the list!

Never heard of some of the Iberian? ports.

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Level 80
Mar 11, 2021
They are popular flights for package holidays from the UK.
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Level 80
Mar 11, 2021
I am amazed I got all 50. Nice quiz - just a world cities quiz with a British bias, so probably shouldn't be so surprised !
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Level 67
Jun 7, 2021
Please accept Santa Cruz as a write-in for Tenerife... It's the main city people know the island for
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Level 29
Sep 2, 2021
Yes, do.

I typed in Santa Cruz de Tenerife a bunch of times and it didn't work.

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Level ∞
Apr 12, 2024
Santa Cruz will work now
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Level 60
Aug 22, 2021
I doubt there would be so many Europeans if London was mainland
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Level 58
Nov 26, 2021
I kept guessing Valencia for Alicante... I was so confused. Got it eventually though
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Level 71
Apr 12, 2024
How are nearly 1/3 of the quiz takers getting 100% on this? With a handful of lesser known cities, many people have to be cheating. *sigh*
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Level 83
Apr 12, 2024
Of the four I didn't get, I feel like I should have got at least three. If you've ever spent time in a UK airport, you get to know the European resort cities that people favour for holidays.
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Level 60
Apr 16, 2024
I'd say because the quiz was recently updated so all the people who frequent Jetpunk too much get notified that they lost points and redo the quiz
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Level 65
Jun 12, 2024
I think that most Europeans do well on this quiz, because the majority of destinations are well known holiday spots and people from northern Europe all flock there.
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Level 62
Jun 12, 2024
They aren’t lesser known at all. Alicante, Faro, Antalya etc are to Europeans what Montego Bay, Aruba, Cabo San Lucas etc. are to North America, only even more popular. 1/3rd of all international holidays in the world are to Mediterranean beach resorts.
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Level 65
Apr 13, 2024
Great quiz. It would be much more fun without the map!
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Level 79
Jun 12, 2024
I only missed the city in southern Portugal!