Michael Markieta, a global transport planner at UK engineering company ARUP, has spent the last year creating a map that visualises the world’s flight paths.
There are some 58,000 flight paths around the world and, not surprisingly, the highest concentration is to be found over Europe and the east coast of the USA. Europe is home to 3 of the world’s 10 busiest airports, Frankfurt, Paris Charles de Gaulles and London Heathrow, British Airways main base. Although Heathrow is the busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger numbers, Frankfurt serves more destinations with some 235 routes.
One of the most interesting features of the map is the fact that no base outline was required to indicate the various different continents. That function was carried out by the various flight paths, indicating in the process one of the main features of human settlement over the years, our desire to live by the coast.