Kuala Lumpur-Singapore named busiest global air route

05 May, 2018, 03:18 | Author: Billie Castillo
  • Singapore-Kuala Lumpur is the world's busiest international route. REUTERS  Edgar Su  File

The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route is the world's busiest global flight route with 30,537 flights recorded between March 2017 and February 2018, according to aviation consultancy OAG.

Research has shown that more than 30,500 flights between the two cities took place in the year to February. The route is covered by a host of budget airlines including AirAsia, Jetstar, Scoot, Malindo Air as well as Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines.

The 30,537 trips is nearly equivalent of 84 flights a day in a city state with a population of just 5.6 million.

Hong Kong-Shanghai Pudong came in fourth; Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur in fifth; Seoul Incheon in South Korea to Osaka, Japan; and Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon in seventh place.

None of the global routes come close to the busiest domestic flight paths.

The Singapore-KL connection topped OAG's busiest global routes ranking with 30,537 flights, compared with 28,887 flights for Hong Kong-Taipei and 27,304 flights for Singapore-Jakarta.

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The busiest route outside of Asia comes in eighth place and it is the journey between New York's La Guardia airport and Toronto in Canada, with 16,956 flights taking place over the a year ago.

"Given the robust expansion of air passenger travel across the Asia-Pacific and the fierce competition between carriers in the region, it is unsurprising", he said on Thursday.

According to the report released by the OAG, 14 of the world's busiest 20 routes, including eight of the top 10 routes, are between Asian cities.

The study also found that Aer Lingus is the most punctual airline on the route from Dublin to London Heathrow with 84.7 per cent on time performance (OTP).

Total passenger traffic on the route was more than 4.6 million, compared with about four million for Singapore-KL.

The busiest route outside of Asia comes in eighth place and it is the journey between New York's La Guardia airport and Toronto in Canada. But even the most frantic worldwide routes don't come close to the most popular domestic flights.

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