There may be bigger airports with more routes, but still, despite its congestion and bursting at the seams capacity issues, London Heathrow still holds 8 of Europe’s top ten routes.
- LHR- JFK New York is the busiest route out of Europe with almost 3,000,000 annual passengers, heavily dominated by BA and American who between them carry some 60% (BA 40 American 20). Virgin Atlantic manages nearly 29% with Delta just over 10%.
- The JKF route jumped to first because the busiest route prior to that was LHR-DXB. That fell from over 3,200,000 to under 2,675,000 because both Qantas and Royal Brunei stopped flying via DXB. Qantas went via Singapore and Royal Brunei started flying the Dreamliner direct.
- LHR-Dublin, Ireland. This is entirely operated by IAG through BA and Aer Lingus, with a 65:35 split in favour of BA. Frankly its an atrocious situation when one airline group gets to hold a complete control over such a busy route.
- Istanbul-Tehran with an increase of almost 10% in passengers between the two airports. It now tops over 1,745,000 people a year.
- Heathrow-Amsterdam Schipol grew by 3% to 1,727,000
- Heathrow-LAX is now running at over 1,612,000
- Heathrow-Singapore is approaching 1,600,000 up nearly 16%
- Heathrow-Hong Kong nearly 1,550,000
- Paris CDG-Madrid at 1,311,000
- Heathrow-Mumbai up 15.5% at 1,112,000 passengers
Fastest growing routes include Palma de Mallorca-Düsseldorf, Zurich-Berlin Tegel, Heathrow-Singapore (largely because of the Qantas re-routing), Madrid-Paris, Amsterdam-Dublin and Istanbul-Tel Aviv Ben Gurion in Israel.