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Wed, 27 March 2019

Jeju (CJU) - Seoul (GMP) Still World’s Busiest Route

According to OAG, Asia Pacific is home to 15 of the top 20 busiest international and 13 of the top 20 busiest domestic routes globally.

South Korea Jeju (CJU) to Seoul (GMP) is still by far the busiest route on the planet, while Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Singapore (SIN) is the world’s busiest international route for a second straight year. The CJU - GMP route, which is just over one hour in flight time, is so busy that airlines such as Korean Air use a variety of aircraft, even Boeing 747-400s such as the one pictured below.

Top Stats

- Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Singapore (SIN) is the busiest international route in the world with 30,187 operating flights; KUL features in two of the world’s top five busiest international markets.

The route between Jeju (CJU) and Seoul (GMP) is so busy that Korean Air uses many different aircraft, even Boeing 747-400s like the one pictured here reg: HL7461. The flight time is around 1 hour and 5 minutes. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

- Incheon (ICN) to Osaka (KIX) grew even busier this year, increasing operating flight volume by 2,223 flights.

- The world’s busiest route, South Korea Jeju (CJU) to Seoul (GMP), is also one of the shortest, with 79,460 operating flights, followed by Melbourne (MEL) to Sydney (SYD) with 54,102 flights.

- Thirty percent of the world’s busiest international routes operate from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), which is featured in six of the top 20 busiest international markets in the world.

- Singapore (SIN) is the most popular destination for the region’s busiest long-haul routes, with six arriving in SIN.

- Tokyo (NRT) to Taipei (TPE) is now one of the world’s top 20 busiest international routes, with 13,902 operating flights.

“Asia’s dominance in the world’s busiest routes reflects the region’s tourism growth, particularly within the Great Bay Area,” said Mayur Patel, Head of ASPAC, OAG. “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 U.S. hubs, Boston, New York and Washington.” 

 For a second straight year, Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Singapore (SIN), which operates 30,187 flights annually, is the busiest international route in the world. Following closely behind, Hong Kong (HKG) to Taipei (TPE) was the second busiest international route overall with 28,447 operating flights.

Jakarta (CGK) to Singapore (SIN), Hong Kong (HKG) to Shanghai (PVG) and Jakarta (CGK) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) round out the world’s top five busiest international routes, likely due to high demand for low-cost carriers, especially those that operate out of Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. 

Asia Pacific is home to several high growth markets. Service from Tokyo (NRT) to Taipei (TPE) made the list of top 20 busiest international markets for the first time (13,902 annual operating flights). The trip from Incheon (ICN) to Osaka (KIX) grew more popular this year, adding 2,223 flights. Other key international routes that increased in position include Bangkok (BKK) to Hong Kong (HKG) and Hong Kong (HKG) to Beijing (PEK), which both moved up one position to rank 11th and 12th respectively, and Bangkok (BKK) to Singapore (SIN), which jumped two places to ninth overall.

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