And to think, this only includes FLL-NYC. Add PBI-NYC (#7) and MIA-NYC (#12) as well, and the South Florida-NYC market dominates
. I am a little shocked that PBI-NYC is above MIA-NYC. Frequency is similar (PBI is 22 dailies, MIA is 20) and AA uses large A300s and 757s to JFK, EWR, and LGA (though I'm sure PBI probably get's some large planes too).
N.Y. to Fort Lauderdale is nation's most traveled air route
By Tom Stieghorst
Posted December 5 2001
Airport officials said Tuesday that the popular New York-Fort Lauderdale run had become the most heavily traveled airline route in the country in the first six months of 2001.
Over 9,700 passengers a day board 38 flights shuttling daily between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and three major airports in the New York area.
The route has grown steadily more popular with passengers in recent years. In the winter of 1999 it was the third most traveled route, behind only New York-Los Angeles and Honolulu-Maui. It moved up to second last year, supplanting the Hawaiian islands pair.
This year it overtook the New York-Los Angeles transcontinental route, which accounted for an average of 7,800 passengers a day, airport officials said.
Only the 34th largest airport in the country, Fort Lauderdale has also been one of the fastest growing airports because of relatively low costs and its central geographic position among the three counties that make up South Florida. Except for Florida, New York is the largest origination market for Fort Lauderdale, accounting for 11.3 percent of all visitors in 2000, followed by Pennsylvania at 3.8 percent and New Jersey at 3.7 percent.
The information about which routes are most popular with passengers is tracked by Aviation Daily, an airline trade publication.
Fort Lauderdale has benefited from the buildup of discount service to the New York area, most notably by jetBlue Airways, which began operations in February 2000 by flying between Fort Lauderdale and New York's JFK International Airport. Miramar-based Spirit Airlines is another discount carrier that has expanded in the New York area.
Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines, however, remain the two carriers with the most capacity on those routes, airport officials said.
The New York-West Palm Beach route ranked No. 7 in the top 25 routes compiled by Aviation Daily for flights of over 750 miles, while New York-Miami ranked No. 12.