NOTE! This image has a Wikipedia license. You can do whatever you want with it and don't need my permission. Go wild!
World passenger airline routes. Data from Google Maps, Airlineroutemaps, and individual airline websites.
The map is generally correct, but not specifically correct. Planes can, and do, follow various routes. The level of traffic indicated is based on the number of airlines flying the route, not the total number of flights on the route. Also, routes are the most recent I could find, but many are still not current. Airlines make minor changes to their routes all the time.
This is not an original idea, many others have created similar maps, but I think this is the nicest. Hope you like it.
License is Creative Commons Attribution. You can do anything you like
with the image, but it should be attributed with the following link:
Image created by a_trotskyite.
Reproductions and derivative works require attribution, transformative works do not.
Created with Adobe Illustrator.
Updated Feb 27, 2009. Background now white, fixed inconsistent appearance in some places, higher quality export from Illustrator, more manageable size.
Updated March 5, 2009. Flickr rendering was making the image fugly. Changed background to 2% gray, seems to be fixed. If you want a white background, open it in your favorite image editor and lighten it slightly.
There's a really big version of this at