Out of the 20 world’s busiest international flight routes, 15 are in Asia
The route sees some 30,187 flights a year, which averages at 82 flights per day. With less than 300 km (184 miles) between the two journey ends, it is one of the shortest international flight routes in the world. The plane journey takes just over one hour.
The second most frequent flight route is from Hong Kong to Taipei with 28,447 flights per year. And Singapore to Jakarta with yearly 27,046 flights. On average, there are seven carriers operating these routes.
Overall, 15 out of the 20 busiest international routes are in the Asia-Pacific region.
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On the other hand, the long-haul flights’ list is topped by flights originating in North America — particularly New York–San Francisco. Operated by four carriers, the route is looking at 15,500 flights annually.
The route is closely followed by a connection between New York JFK and London Heathrow, with 14,195 flights a year.
The busiest short-haul flight route is between the South Korean Jeju International Airport and Seoul Gimpo. This particular domestic route is nearing 80,000 flights per year, or over 200 flights per day.
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The ranking has been put together by consultancy OAG which analyses travel and aviation data.
“Asia’s dominance in the world’s busiest routes reflects the region’s tourism growth, particularly within the Great Bay Area,” said Mayur Patel, OAG’s regional Asia-Pacific sales director.
“In addition to Hong Kong, which plays a strategic connecting role for many carriers, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta have become Asia’s new ‘golden triangle’, mimicking the influence of major United States hubs, Boston, New York and Washington.”
World’s top ten busiest international flight routes
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
Hong Kong to Taipei
Jakarta to Singapore
Hong Kong to Shanghai Pudong
Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur
Incheon, South Korea, to Kansai, Japan
LaGuardia, NYC, to Toronto Pearson
Hong Kong to Incheon, South Korea
Bangkok to Singapore