Air travel and tourism have never been busier and above the clouds, our skies are full of planes transporting people on business, pleasure and everything in between. Now one trip has emerged as the busiest international airline route in the world.
Using data from March 2017 to February 2018, the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur route has officially been named the busiest in the world by air travel intelligence agency OAG. An incredible 30,537 flights occured between the two airports over that time period, meaning an average of 84 trips per day.
The statistics for the route are impressive; between seven carriers they carried more than four million passengers out of a max capacity of 5.3 million seats. The capacity of this route also grew over the twelve months and 37% of the flights were connecting ones.
Unsurprisingly, the top ten list is dominated by shorter flights, with the majority clocking in at under two hours. The longest route in the top ten is Hong Kong to Seoul which has an average flight time of three hours and 34 minutes.
The top 10 busiest international airline routes are:
1. Kuala Lumpur – Singapore
2. Hong Kong – Taipei
3. Jakarta – Singapore
4. Hong Kong – Shanghai
5. Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur
6. Seoul – Osaka
7. Hong Kong – Seoul
8. New York – Toronto
9. Dubai – Kuwait
10. Hong Kong – Singapore
Even the whopping numbers on the top ten list don’t really compare to the popularity of domestic routes. In 2017, the busiest airline route was a South Korean route between Jeju and Seoul which totalled 64,991 flights in the year, more than double the amount on the busiest international route.