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Dubai-Heathrow among the top 5 busiest long-haul flight routes globally

By E247

Simple Flying reported that flights between Dubai International Airport and London Heathrow are among the top five busiest long-haul routes globally.

Long-haul flights account for only 4% of global services in September 2023, based on covering 3,000 miles (4,828 km) or more.

The site tracked the five busiest long-haul airport routes in the world, based on flights during the current week.

  • Fifth place

In fifth place globally, both Chicago O'Hare-London Heathrow and Newark-Heathrow flights came in.

The site explained that each has 63 weekly departures (double in both directions) – nine daily flights – to the second busiest airport in Europe by air traffic.

Looking at O'Hare and Heathrow airports, American Airlines has four daily flights (all on board the Boeing 787-9), United Airlines operates three daily flights (all on board the 167-seat 767-300ER), and British Airways operates two daily flights (one by A380, and the other by A330neo).

  • Fourth place

In fourth place, the Dubai-Heathrow flight comes in, with 64 weekly flights and up to 10 daily services.

Three airlines operate on this route: Emirates, British Airways, and Royal Brunei Airlines.

Emirates operates six daily flights, via its giant A380 aircraft, which will later increase to 47 weekly flights with additional 777-300ER service). The carrier will operate an additional service at a rate of five flights per week to London Heathrow starting from October 31, 2023, until March 30, 2024.

After that, British Airways (19 flights per week; A380, 777-200ER, 787-9, 787-10 – will later become two daily A380 flights); and Royal Brunei Airlines three times a week (787-8).

According to the site, Royal Brunei has historically been the cheapest non-stop flight between Heathrow and Dubai airports.

  • Third place

In third place in the long-haul race, flights between New York's John F. Kennedy Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport come in.

Covering 3,635 miles (5,849 km), there are 82 weekly flights – from 11 to 12 daily flights, depending on the day.

  • Second place

The second busiest long-haul route in the world is Los Angeles-Heathrow. The 5,456-mile (8,870 km) route has 84 weekly flights or 12 daily flights in the period under review, so it is very marginally ahead of JFK-CDG.

  • First place

The route from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport to Heathrow Airport, the largest market for long-haul flights in the world, took first place.

With 157 weekly flights, which is 87% more than the second flight, there are between 22 and 23 daily departures in each direction.