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Can you guess the number one busiest flight route?

Jess McHugh
Updated December 19, 2017

As the holiday season is in full swing, nearly every flight — whether it's from New York City or Boise — might seem like it's falling along a busy route.

Data from Routes Online offers a glimpse into some of the busiest routes in the U.S. in the past year. The site used data from OAG Schedules analyzer to build the list, which included routes in both North and South America.

The top spot will likely surprise no one, as the flights to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City (JFK) ranked first, with some 2,873,316 passengers flying it in the one-year period. The average base fare was $337.66 one-way.

The rest of the list, below, featured several metropolitan hubs, including Chicago, San Francisco, and Orlando.

  1. Los Angeles International (LAX) — New York JFK (JFK), 2,873,316 passengers, $337.66 average base fare.
  2. New York LaGuardia (LGA) — Chicago O'Hare (ORD) 2,362,480 passengers, $147.55 average base fare.
  3. San Francisco (SFO) — Los Angeles International (LAX) 2,238,043 passengers, $111.66 average base fare.
  4. Los Angeles International (LAX) — Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) 1,990,802 passengers, $104.63 average base fare.
  5. San Francisco (SFO) — New York JFK (JFK) 1,844,864 passengers, $327.20 average base fare.
  6. New York LaGuardia (LGA) — Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) 1,783,435 passengers, $201.53 average base fare.
  7. Honolulu (HNL) — Kahului (OGG) 1,735,978 passengers, $65.76 average base fare.
  8. Orlando International (MCO) — Newark Liberty International (EWR) 1,696,296 passengers, $125.48 average base fare.
  9. Los Angeles International (LAX) — Chicago O'Hare (ORD) 1,679,118 passengers, $169.03 average base fare.

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