Air Traffic Patterns v.1.02
International Airport Rankings and
Busiest Air Routes around the World
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Busiest air routes: pax./year (2016)
a — 5 million and +
b — 2-5 million
c — 1-2 million
Back-and-forth dot motion frequency is proportional to the number of flights recorded weekly along the route.
Airport rankings: level of attendance
a — High
b — Medium
c — Low
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Every day, all around the world, tens of thousands of aircraft take to the skies. For all these flights, when comparing their frequency or recurrence (combined with the number of passengers), it is possible to distinguish the destinations that travellers value the most, either for business or pleasure. These movements from one point to another of the globe, once formalized/materialized onto a map, reveal an astounding network, a huge and irregular meshing whose geometry (globally and locally) provides us with an entirely new vision of inhabited territories. Depending on the different forms and figures (patterns) that stand out against the background map, we can notice concentrated or high-density areas (densified mesh), geographical zones/regions of major interest, but also, conversely, other spaces that are partly neglected, ignored by the greatest number. That is precisely what this data visualisation sets out to show.


— David Bihanic, September, 2017.

Air Routes

Data sources:

. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Air Transport Statistics (WATS),
. Flightradar24 (Database) Live Flight Tracker that shows Air Traffic in Real Time,
. OpenFlights (Route Database) Free Open-Source Tool for logging, mapping, calculating and sharing Flights and Trips,
. OurAirports Website providing Collected Data on Airports around the World,
. Plane Finder Flight Tracker with Live Tracking Map for over 12000 Aircrafts,
. FlightStats Global Flight Tracker and Travel Planning,
. Flight Aware Live Flight Tracker and Flight Status Application,
. Eurostat (Transport Database) European Union (EU) Statistics,
. Flight Manager Time and Distance Calculator,
. Skyscanner Flights Search and Price Comparator for air-ticket,
. SkyscraperCity World's largest Online Forum on Urban Related Topics,
. City-Data Social Network sharing Data and Analytics,
. Wikipedia (Famous) Free Online Encyclopedia,