Stats: JFK to San Francisco Busiest Long-Haul Route in the World

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The route between New York - JFK and San Francisco is the busiest long-haul air travel route in the world, according to a new analysis by travel data company OAG, accounting for 15,587 flights over 12 months. 

In fact, eight of the top 10 busiest long-haul routes in the world originate from North America, OAG said. After New York - JFK to San Francisco, New York - JFK to London Heathrow comes in second, at 14,194 operating flights, followed by Honolulu - Los Angeles, Newark - San Francisco and Boston - Los Angeles. 

In terms of domestic flights, the short-haul Los Angeles - San Francisco route is the busiest domestic route in North America and the ninth busiest domestic route in the world, with 35,365 annual operating flights. The medium-haul trip from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) and back operates 26,286 total flights annually (79.9 percent OTP) and is the second busiest domestic route in North America and 20th busiest domestic route overall. Two other routes originating from the U.S. are among the world’s busiest medium-haul flights, including Los Angeles (LAX) to Seattle (SEA), with 19,778 flights and 80.1 percent OTP, and Los Angeles (LAX) to Chicago (ORD), with 16,612 flights and 78.0 percent OTP.


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Other key routes for domestic travel within North America include New York (LGA) to Chicago (ORD), with 24,188 operating flights, Las Vegas (LAS) to Los Angeles (LAX), which operates 23,783 flights and Boston (BOS) to New York (LGA), with 20,426 operating flights.

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