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  • Busiest flight routes in America

    If the data is any indication, Americans do not like staying in the same place for an extended period of time. In 2017 alone, U.S. travelers spent more than $1 billion getting to and from their destinations, a figure which ultimately generated $2.4 trillion in total economic output and helped support upwards of 15.6 million American jobs in the process.

    While a significant percentage of these enormous figures stems from ground transportation such as buses, trains and cars, much of it comes from air travel, of which the majority is domestic. In 2017, 741.6 million passengers flew on flights between two American destinations, more than three times that of the year’s 223.4 million total international flyers.

    Stacker looked at data from the T-100 Domestic Market (U.S. Carriers) table in order to list the 50 busiest domestic flight routes in the United States. The table, which was provided by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, is from April 2018 and lists the total number of passengers that traveled between each pair of cities in either direction over the course of the month.

    Read on to see which two cities have Americans going back and forth the most.

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  • #50. Atlanta, GA (ATL) – Philadelphia, PA (PHL)

    Number of passengers in April 2018: 134,954
    Distance between airports: 666 miles
    Airlines that used route: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Republic Airline, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines

  • #49. Boston, MA (BOS) – Washington, DC (DCA)

    Number of passengers in April 2018: 135,734
    Distance between airports: 399 miles
    Airlines that used route: American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Republic Airline, Southwest Airlines

  • #48. New York, NY (JFK) – Orlando, FL (MCO)

    Number of passengers in April 2018: 135,904
    Distance between airports: 944 miles
    Airlines that used route: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways

  • #47. Atlanta, GA (ATL) – Detroit, MI (DTW)

    Number of passengers in April 2018: 136,273
    Distance between airports: 594 miles
    Airlines that used route: Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines

  • #46. Newark, NJ (EWR) – Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

    Number of passengers in April 2018: 136,564
    Distance between airports: 2,454 miles
    Airlines that used route: Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines

  • #45. Atlanta, GA (ATL) – Miami, FL (MIA)

    Number of passengers in April 2018: 138,687
    Distance between airports: 594 miles
    Airlines that used route: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Miami Air International, Republic Airline

  • #44. Denver, CO (DEN) – Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

    Number of passengers in April 2018: 139,071
    Distance between airports: 391 miles
    Airlines that used route: Compass Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, GoJet Airlines - United Express, SkyWest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines

  • #43. Atlanta, GA (ATL) – New Orleans, LA (MSY)

    Number of passengers in April 2018: 139,380
    Distance between airports: 425 miles
    Airlines that used route: Delta Air Lines, SkyWest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines

  • #42. Washington, DC (DCA) – Chicago, IL (ORD)

    Number of passengers in April 2018: 139,576
    Distance between airports: 612 miles
    Airlines that used route: American Airlines, PSA Airlines, Republic Airline, SkyWest Airlines, United Airlines

  • #41. Chicago, IL (ORD) – Phoenix, AZ (PHX)

    Number of passengers in April 2018: 141,081
    Distance between airports: 1,440 miles
    Airlines that used route: American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines

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