THE DUBLIN-LONDON air route is the second busiest in the world, according to new figures.
Some 3.6million passengers travelled between the two cities last year, according to the International Air Transport Association.
The statistics represent a 6.9 per cent surge since 2012 and show that the only route in the whole world that attracts more traffic is between Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei.
Fierce competition sees airports and airlines fight it out for customers travelling between Dublin and London. Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Easyjet, Flybe and CityJet all offer flights between the cities, with passengers able to choose from a host of airports across London.
A total of 4.9 million travelled between Hong Kong and Chinese Tapiei, while 3.4million flew between Jakarta and Singapore, the third most popular route.
The IATA figures also revealed that the UK tops the table for European countries in terms of passengers carried. Nearly 178million passengers flew on domestic and international routes from the UK in 2013, up 3.7 per cent on 2012.
Meanwhile, Asia-Pacific proved to be the busiest region, accounting for more than one billion of the 3.13billion passengers who flew in 2013.
European passenger numbers rose 3.4% to just under 826 million, while North American traffic was up 0.7% at just under 819 million.
The research also shows that the price of air travel in real terms fell by 7.4 per cent last year compared with 2012.
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