Tuesday, August 12 11:10:11
Dublin and London was the world's second busiest international air route last year with 3.6 million passengers, according to latest figures from nternational Air Transport Association (IATA).
The number of passengers on this route rose by 6.9pc compared to the year before, it said.
Hong Kong-Chinese Taipei with 4.9 million passengers was the world's busiest route but this was down 11.5pc compared to 2012, IATA said.
The figures also showed that in 2013 the world's airlines carried nearly 3.13 billion passengers - a 5.1pc increase compared to 2012.
They also revealed that the UK was the top European country in terms of passengers carried on international and domestic routes, with nearly 178 million passengers, up 3.7pc on 2012.
According to the association, Asia-Pacific was the busiest region, handling just over one billion passengers, an increase of 9.3pc.
European passenger numbers rose 3.4pc to just under 826 million, while North American traffic was up 0.7pc at just under 819 million.
Today's research also shows that the price of air travel in real terms fell by 7.4pc last year compared with 2012.
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