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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.