The world’s busiest passenger air routes have been revealed in a new study published by Routes, organiser of aviation route network development conferences.
Although the US remains the largest market, Routes found that air services in Asia Pacific dominated the top 100 busiest by passenger numbers, accounting for more than 70% of the total.
The top two were the short-haul domestic service from Seoul’s Gimpo Airport to Jeju, a holiday island off the Korean peninsula, which had an average of 180 scheduled flights per day – that’s one every eight minutes – with a total of 13,460,305 passengers flown during 2017, up 9.4% on the previous 12 months. The second busiest was Melbourne to Sydney/Kingsford Smith with 9,090,941 travellers.
Hong Kong to Taiwan/Taoyuan was the busiest international route and eighth overall, the Cathay Pacific hub featuring in six of the top ten international routes. The study also found the Thai domestic route between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Chiang Mai was the fastest growing in the top 100, increasing 36% year-on-year to almost 2.4m passengers.
Steven Small, brand director of Routes, said: “This research backs up forecasts that the Asia-Pacific region will be the biggest driver of passenger demand over the next 20 years.”