Upgraded Points has announced it has released findings from its newest study showcasing the most popular flight destinations flown to within the United States, the company said.
Based on industry data from last year, Upgraded Points analyzed and compiled the information from the busiest airports that serve as origin points, then couched that information into an interactive map and chart for ease of viewing. Upgraded Points is a regular source for such airline data studies, as well as tips and advice for travelers.
Based on data collected by the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) concerning the 20 busiest US airports in 2018, Upgraded Points focused on enplaned passengers from origin to destination. The year-over-year calculation is derived from the percentage change in the count of passengers from fourth quarter 2017 to fourth quarter 2018. All routes that counted 500 passengers or higher per quarter were included.
Seattle (SEA): Nearly 50 million passengers.
Detroit (DTW): Over 35 million passengers.
Houston (IAH): Almost 44 million passengers.
Boston (BOS): Just over 40 million passengers.
San Francisco (SFO): Nearly 58 million passengers.
California ranked high in overall popularity, with 9 of the original 20 origin airports having Golden State airports as part of their top-five fastest growing destinations. Many percentages of growth exceeded 100 percent in just one year. For instance: Passengers traveling from Atlanta (ATL) to Ontario, Canada (ONT) grew 106 percent, while those traveling from Chicago (ORD) to Burbank (BUR) increased by a striking 1,164 percent. And those traveling from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to San Antonio (SAT) netted a 1,635 percent increase.
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