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Air route in India among busiest in the world

Last updated on: May 28, 2012 12:54 IST

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The number of people travelling between Asia and North America, and between Asia and Europe grew by nine per cent from 2010 to 2011, but the busiest routes are still domestic, according to The Economist.

Jeju, on the South Korean island of the same name, is not one of the country's 20 biggest cities. Yet the island's allure as a domestic tourist destination resulted in 9.9 million passengers flying between Seoul and Jeju (in either direction) in 2011, says Amadeus, a company that provides technology to the travel industry.

It measures the cities where passengers start and finish their journeys, so while the busiest actual flight corridor in America is New York-Chicago, it only counts as the third-busiest American route because many of the passengers are connecting to other destinations, according to The Economist.

Let's take a look at the busiest airline routes in the world.

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Image: A jet of Swiss airlines rolls on Zurich airport's tarmac in Kloten.
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Air route: Mumbai-Delhi

Number of passengers (2011): 4.3 million

Region: Asia

Rank: 10

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Image: Guards stand in Mughal gardens surrounding Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
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Air route: Jeju-Seoul

Number of passengers (2011): 9.9 million

Region: Asia

Rank: 1

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Image: A view of Seoul.
Photographs: Lee Jae Won/Reuters
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Air route: Rio de Janeiro-Sao Paulo

Number of passengers (2011): 7.7 million

Rank: 2

Region: South America

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Air route: Osaka-Tokyo

Number of passengers (2011): 7.5 million

Rank: 3

Region: Asia

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Photographs: Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters
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Air route: Sapporo-Tokyo

Number of passengers (2011): 7.5 million

Rank: 4

Region: Asia

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Image: Trainers perform with whales during a show at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, south of Tokyo.
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Air route: Melbourne-Sydney

Number of passengers (2011): 7.1 million

Rank: 5

Region: Oceania

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Image: Rowers train at dawn on the Yarra River in Melbourne.
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Air route: Fukuoka-Tokyo

Number of passengers (2011): 6.8 million

Rank: 6

Region: Asia

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Image: World's steepest roller coaster Takabisha with a free falling angle of 121 degrees at Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Fujiyoshida.
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Air route: Beijing-Shanghai

Number of passengers (2011): 6.7 million

Rank: 7

Region: Asia

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Air route: Hong Kong-Taipei

Number of passengers (2011): 5.4 million

Rank: 8

Region: Asia

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Image: Highrise residential apartments are seen on Hong Kong island.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters
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Air route: Cape Town-Johannesburg

Number of passengers (2011): 4.4 million

Rank: 9

Region: Africa

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Photographs: Radu Sigheti/Reuters
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Air route: Naha-Tokyo

Number of passengers (2011): 4.1 million

Rank: 11

Region: Asia

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Image: A nighttime view of Tokyo.
Photographs: Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters
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Air route: Brisbane-Sydney

Number of passengers (2011): 3.9 million

Rank: 12

Region: Oceania

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Image: A surfer on a Sydney beach.
Photographs: Tim Wimborne/Reuters
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Air route: Shanghai-Shenzhen

Number of passengers (2011): 3.8 million

Rank: 13

Region: Asia

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Image: A view of Shenzhen.
Photographs: Siu Chiu/Reuters
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Air route: Beijing-Chengdu

Number of passengers (2011): 3.5 million

Rank: 14

Region: Asia

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Image: Visitors cross part of a 260-metre Anian cable bridge over Minjiang River at Dujiangyan, 50km north of Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.
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Air route: Beijing-Guangzhou

Number of passengers (2011): 3.3 million

Rank: 15

Region: Asia


Image: A view of Guangzhou.
Photographs: Kin Cheung/Reuters
Tags: Asia , India

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