World’s Busiest International Air Route is Here in Southeast Asia​

Planes made 30,537 trips between two Southeast Asians countries in a year.
Monday 7 May 2018
Photo: Malaysia Airlines

Obviously, size doesn’t matter. Singapore and Kuala Lumpur make a small geographic impression on the world map, but from March 2017 until February 2018, the two made up the busiest international air route.

According to research by OAG Aviation, 30,537 flights between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore operated in the 12 months, carrying over 4 million passengers. The data also revealed that AirAsia was the most-used carrier and – surprise, surprise – Malaysia Airlines was the least punctual operator (61.4% of flights were delayed) on that rout.

Although the flight duration between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is merely about an hour, there are plans to add another major travel option by 2020: a high-speed rail linking the two destinations. How this changes flight patterns, if at all, remains to be seen.

Of the top 20 routes, 14 are within Asia – Malaysia’s capital city gets another mention at fifth place in the Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur route. Even though the Hong Kong-Taipei route is second busiest, it boasts the most passengers carried (6.5 million).

See the top 20 busiest international air routes below.

1. Kuala Lumpur – Singapore
2. Hong Kong – Taipei
3. Jakarta – Singapore
4. Hong Kong – Shanghai Pudong
5. Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur
6. Seoul Incheon – Osaka
7. Hong Kong – Seoul Incheon
8. New York LaGuardia – Toronto
9. Dubai – Kuwait
10. Hong Kong – Singapore
11. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi – Singapore
12. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi – Hong Kong
13. Hong Kong – Beijing
14. Dublin – London Heathrow
15. Osaka – Taipei
16. New York John F. Kennedy – London Heathrow
17. Osaka – Shanghai Pudong
18. Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita
19. Amsterdam – London Heathrow
20. Chicago – Toronto

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