Whilst I’m not a numbers man (and don’t profess to be), I do get excited nonetheless by facts and figures around aviation and travel. Naturally it comes as no surprise that when Oag.com (global provider of digital flight information) released reporting around the Top 10 World’s Busiest Routes for 2017 this week I was eager to know more.
According to OAG.com, the world’s busiest air route for 2017 was in South Korea. The popular route from Jeju to the capital Seoul saw airlines fly a whopping 64,991 this year.
Australia featured strongly, appearing twice in the top ten. Sydney to Melbourne was the world’s second busiest air route, with 54,519 flights annually whilst Brisbane to Sydney is the eighth busiest, flying 33,765 times annually. Having flown frequently on both routes I understand the patronage and busyness of the legs.
Whilst the top 10 busiest flights were domestic, When it came to international routes, Hong Kong to Taipei topped the list with 29,494 flights yearly. Eight out of ten routes in the top 10 international routes were from Asia.
Top 10 busiest air routes
Jeju-Seoul, South Korea: 64,991
Melbourne-Sydney, Australia: 54,519
Mumbai-Delhi, India: 47,462
Fukuoka-Tokyo Haneda, Japan: 42,835
Rio de Janeiro-Sao Paulo Congonhas, Brazil: 39,325
Sapporo-Tokyo, Japan: 38,389
Los Angeles-San Francisco, USA: 34,897
Brisbane-Sydney, Australia: 33,765
Cape Town-Johannesburg, South Africa: 31,914
Beijing-Shanghai, China: 30,029
World’s busiest international air routes
Top 10 international air routes
Hong Kong-Taipei: 29,494
Kuala Lumpur-Singapore: 29,383
Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur: 20,890
Hong Kong-Shanghai: 20,818
New York La Guardia-Toronto: 17,116
Hong Kong-Seoul Incheon: 16,366
Beijing-Hong Kong: 14,592
Dublin-London Heathrow: 14,556
I’ll be keen to see what the figures/ patronage is for 2018 when this time of year comes around again. Will South Korea still maintain the crown? Only time will tell.
Have you flown any of the aforementioned routes? Do the figures reflect your experience in terms of crowds/ people traffic? Keen to hear your thoughts.