Why London dominates the world's busiest airline markets

In this special insight, Mike Malik, Cirium’s chief marketing officer drills into the latest data to discover which city comes out on top in the battle for global air supremacy

The dominance of the London market has been a constant, with carriers jostling for limited slots and seemingly eager to pay exceptional fees to gain access. However, the pandemic has upset the apple cart and now Cirium analysis has revealed that London is no longer the dominant force it once was.

In the pre-COVID era, London was ranked as the world’s busiest airline market, at least by seats and available seat miles (ASMs), due in part to the five airports in the capital: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, London City and perhaps even Southend.

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