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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.
according to the CAA for 2017
Quiz by relessness
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First submittedNovember 4, 2016
Last updatedMarch 20, 2018
Times taken28,713
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4+ Million
Dublin
Amsterdam
New York City
 
3+ Million
Dubai
Edinburgh
Barcelona
Madrid
2+ Million
Milan
Glasgow
Belfast
Geneva
Rome
Copenhagen
Paris
Malaga
Berlin
1+ Million
Frankfurt
Lisbon
Zurich
Palma de Mallorca
Los Angeles
Stockholm
Hong Kong
Istanbul
1+ Million
Munich
Faro
Alicante
Budapest
Nice
Toronto
Oslo
Tenerife
1+ Million
Warsaw
San Francisco
Doha
Singapore
Prague
Vienna
Bucharest
Athens
1+ Million
Miami
Venice
Tel Aviv
Chicago
Hamburg
Reykjavik
Delhi
Abu Dhabi
<1 Million
Mumbai
Johannesburg
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level 71
Nov 4, 2016
Superb!
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level 49
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 73
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 72
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 82
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 60
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 64
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 56
Jan 14, 2017
Geneva has a lot of international head quaters
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level 59
Feb 17, 2017
It's our access to the alps
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level 32
Jul 19, 2018
Loads of people use geneva for skiing holidays
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level 76
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 77
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 77
Feb 16, 2017
Same confusion here with the London dot.
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level 76
Feb 16, 2017
Agree. That dot needs to be colored green or removed altogether.
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level 77
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 68
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 59
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 83
Nov 10, 2016
Filing that away in the "always wondered, now know" files.
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level 43
Feb 16, 2017
So what's the fish is about?
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level 67
Jul 19, 2018
@Quizmaster Ha!
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level 76
Jul 19, 2018
As Arte Johnson used to say on Laugh-In, "Ver-r-r-y interesting."
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level 71
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 73
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 60
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 76
Feb 16, 2017
I didn't know, and thanks for the explanation.
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level 54
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 43
Jan 16, 2017
I wonder how Brussels isn't a top site....
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level 77
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 28
Feb 13, 2017
I'm proud of myself! Only missed six!
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level 57
Feb 16, 2017
Please accept Santa Cruz for Tenerife.
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level 45
Feb 16, 2017
Nice quiz, You should also accept Dyce for Aberdeen.
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level 68
Feb 16, 2017
50/50 with 3.10 left...1st try
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level 56
Feb 16, 2017
Dubai is a country
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level 53
Feb 16, 2017
Nope.
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level 45
Jun 25, 2018
No. It's in the UAE. Dubai is a city.
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level 77
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 68
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 61
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 47
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
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 29
Mar 14, 2017
Düsseldorf and Cologne are the same metro. For airports (assuming BWI) so is DC and Baltimore.
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level 57
Jun 21, 2017
It seems as though Europe has a dreadful case of the chicken pox.
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level 33
Jul 3, 2017
37 without looking at the map, only added Edinburgh after looking.
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level 76
Mar 19, 2018
shouldn't "mallorca" be enough?
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level 82
Mar 19, 2018
The airport is at Palma though. By the same logic might almost take "Algarve" for Faro.
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level 80
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 67
Mar 22, 2018
Yeah, another vote for "Mallorca" to be accepted.
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level 72
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 71
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 54
Jul 19, 2018
Faro? Malaga? Alicante? Tene-what?
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level 55
Jul 19, 2018
They're all very popular beach holiday destinations for Brits
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level 64
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 58
Jul 19, 2018
Accept Mallorca
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level 72
Jul 21, 2018
ask nicely
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level 67
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 56
Feb 28, 2019
Could 'Majorca' (the English name) or 'Mallorca' be accepted for Palma de Mallorca?
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level 77
Apr 1, 2019
That's the name of the island.
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level 44
Jun 15, 2019
49/50 Without Alicante
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level 60
Jul 21, 2019
got all but alicante
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level 65
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 56
Aug 29, 2019
very surprised, Washington, Brussels, Moscow and Tokyo not on the list! Never heard of some of the Iberian? ports.