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Busiest Air Routes from the U.S.

Name the cities that get the most international air traffic from the United States.
Source: US Dept of Transportation - 12 months ending June 2016
Last updated: April 20, 2017
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Passengers
Growth
City
16.2 mil
4%
London
11.3 mil
5%
Toronto
8.00 mil
14%
Cancun
7.85 mil
0%
Tokyo
6.98 mil
14%
Mexico City
6.81 mil
6%
Paris
6.63 mil
2%
Frankfurt
5.49 mil
1%
Seoul
5.20 mil
3%
Vancouver
4.90 mil
2%
Amsterdam
3.71 mil
5%
Montreal
3.17 mil
18%
Guadalajara
3.11 mil
13%
Beijing
3.06 mil
1%
Hong Kong
3.03 mil
10%
Dubai
3.00 mil
-8%
Sao Paulo
2.94 mil
-4%
Calgary
Passengers
Growth
City
2.82 mil
0%
Panama City
2.75 mil
25%
Shanghai
2.72 mil
14%
Punta Cana
2.56 mil
12%
Taipei
2.45 mil
3%
Montego Bay
2.44 mil
24%
San Jose del Cabo
2.26 mil
9%
Madrid
2.17 mil
15%
Dublin
2.12 mil
2%
Santo Domingo
2.09 mil
1%
Nassau
2.04 mil
14%
San Jose
2.04 mil
-1%
Bogota
2.03 mil
0%
Munich
1.89 mil
8%
Lima
1.86 mil
7%
Rome
1.85 mil
24%
Istanbul
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level 33
Jul 15, 2012
Nice quiz!
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level 48
Aug 19, 2015
If you like this, then take my British version
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level 54
Jul 15, 2012
Indeed. Excellent quiz
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level 73
Jun 4, 2013
Munich and Frankfurt but no Berlin? Very surprised by that.
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level 76
Nov 20, 2013
Also big US military presence around Frankfurt. Berlin, not so much.
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level 48
Nov 20, 2013
Also Lufthansa has a hub in Frankfurt and Munich but not in Berlin
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level 76
Jan 12, 2014
Yeah that's probably a bigger reason. Europe is a bit far from the US so there are not that many direct flights. A lot of people going through Frankfurt are probably just in transit to somewhere else.
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level 73
Oct 24, 2014
You are probably right. I flew in to Germany in high school on a trip to France (which I thought was weird). I don't remember which airport I flew into, but I know it wasn't Berlin.
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level 58
Jan 23, 2018
Europe's not that far - you get direct flights from New York to Beijing and Tokyo.
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level 76
Apr 15, 2019
It's a bit far compared to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, or other parts of the continental United States. If Europe can't even qualify as a "bit" far then nowhere in the world would be far away.
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level 49
Jul 28, 2014
Could also be historical. Since Berlin was split east/west and was deep in east Germany, it probably wasn't an ideal place for an air hub post WWII, making other Germany cities in the west get the investment and infrastructure instead.
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level 55
Aug 13, 2014
totally forgot canada
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level 29
Feb 19, 2015
me too... I added all the major world cities and the Caribbean holiday hotspots, then when I had one second left, I suddenly remembered Canada :D
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level 39
Aug 15, 2014
Very good quiz
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level 61
Oct 24, 2014
I can't believe I forgot about Montreal.
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level 61
Sep 8, 2017
3 years later, I can't believe I forgot about Montreal... AGAIN!
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level 44
Sep 9, 2017
Your'e not the only one.
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level 72
Oct 24, 2014
Great quiz! Looking at the stats, it looks like these numbers are for passenger numbers from the States to the named cities PLUS passengers from those cities into the US - ie total travel in both directions.
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level 72
Oct 24, 2014
missed a 66 percenter but got a 2 percenter...go figure...and i have flown into frankfurt numerous times
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level 77
Oct 25, 2014
Hard one. I was not even aware of the existence of San Jose del Cabo and Punta Cana, and barely of that of Montego Bay. I didn't think of San Jose (Costa Rica I guess ?) and Panama City as possible answers and discarded Munich... It is indeed surprising that it scores higher than Berlin. Frankfurt is logically ahead of them, it really has a big airport ;).
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level 48
Oct 10, 2015
Only got Punta Cana because I went there over the summer
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level 59
Feb 22, 2018
Same here.
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level 58
Feb 11, 2017
Guessed Kingston, didn't think of Montego Bay. Not really knowledgeable about that. Also, I guessed a bunch of German cities but not the two correct ones--Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Cologne--my mind went blank. Got Nassau though.
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level 78
Apr 20, 2017
Almost always, the picture at the top of the quiz gives a clue to one of the answers, but you're showing a Qantas plane up there and none of these routes is to Australia.
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level 76
Apr 21, 2017
Beat me to it
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level 76
Apr 23, 2017
But it's the only airline used by Rain Man.
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level 78
Sep 8, 2017
Ha!
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level 67
Apr 26, 2017
Good quiz, it takes a fair bit of thinking. It could probably do with a bit more time, especially for those non American's among us
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level 61
Aug 15, 2017
Wait... flights to Sao Paulo decreased by eight percent in the months leading up to the 2016 olympics? and rio isn't even here?
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level 59
Sep 8, 2017
Zika
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level 68
Sep 8, 2017
Surprised that Singapore didn't make the cut.
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level 33
Sep 8, 2017
Singapore Airlines is too expensive for most people. Way cheaper to fly the Japanese airlines or Air China and connect in Tokyo / Shanghai or Beijing when going to Asia.
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level 76
Sep 11, 2017
That is probably true coming from Canada (or the US) but I've found good deals with Singapore on flights originating from other areas like the Middle East. Sometimes it's slightly more expensive that airlines like Qatar but I feel it's worth it since it's a good airline and they've got hands down the best airport in the world.
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level 59
May 14, 2018
Kalbahamut... I thought you were an English teacher? "slightly more expensive that airlines" THAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 76
Apr 2, 2019
All those exclamation marks for a single letter typo? Also, your second sentence should not end in a question mark. But maybe you exhausted your supply of punctuation and that's all you had available.
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level 52
Sep 6, 2018
That thumbnail though...
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level 55
Jan 26, 2019
I forgot Montreal... Wouldnt be that bad if I didnt LIVE in Montreal
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level 53
Apr 11, 2019
No Buenos Aires or Rio?