Heathrow to New York’s JFK airport has become Europe’s busiest international air route, according to a new analysis.
It takes the crown from the Heathrow to Dubai route which has seen a significant drop in traffic – with the rise in non-stop, long-distance jets believed to be a major factor.
There was a total of 2,919,864 passenger journeys on this top transatlantic route in 2018, a rise of 1.8 per cent over the previous year, according to data from Sabre Market Intelligence.
It was served by four airlines. British Airways offered 40.7 percent of the available seats with Virgin Atlantic on 28.5 percent, American Airlines on 20.6 percent and Delta on 10.2 percent.
The decline in the Dubai route of 16.6 percent has been particularly dramatic. Two of them Qantas and Royal Brunei ended service on the rooster with Virgin Atlantic soon to follow.
Heathrow-Dublin is the third busiest European international route.
Heathrow appears in eight of the top ten busiest international routes out of Europe – emphasising its dominant position as the continents major international hub.
Steven Small, brand director of Routes, said: “European carriers’ intenational traffic climbed 6.6. percent in 2018, according to the latest IATA figures, while load factor increased to 85 percent which was the highest for any region in the world. There is much to be optimistic about”