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Our planet according to the air transport network

Our planet according to the air transport network

Our planet according to the air transport network

The designer Martin Grandjean shows us the world according toconnections between world airports, although in a different way.

We live on a connected planet And we are not just referring to the multiple forms of instant communication that we have, but to the possibility of moving around the Earth with a speed that not long ago was unthinkable.

Thanks to the advancement of technology and transport, you can plant yourself in the other part of the world in a matter of hours and the connection options between countries and areas are multiple, practically everything is communicated.

The world connected by the air traffic network

We have all seen world maps with the routes made by thousands of planes, they are very striking, like this:

However, they do not accurately represent the frequency of the flights, nor the most important routes, so Martin Grandjean set to work to Create a map of the planet’s air traffic network.

The objective was to be able to visualize the true air transport network, using graphics with more important nodes that allow to redesign the planet and eliminate geographical limitations. Of course, for this he used data, specifically the information from 3,275 airports and 37,153 routes (There are more, but there are airlines that share the same routes), all taken from OpenFlights.

This is the result, the world map according to its air routes:

More than 37,000 air routes

As you can see, despite the continents are totally disfigured, continue to be intuited by their natural position. From it, Grandjean draws some observations, such as that India is more connected to the Middle East than to South and East Asia, or that Latin America is clearly divided into an area of ​​air transport between the countries of the South or the abundance of transport connections in North America and Europe.

This is how the map will look if the data were applied to the geography that we all know:

Source | Martin Grandjean