This is the world's busiest flight route - see where SA ranks

2019-04-04 06:30
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There are literally over a 100 000 flights taking place across the globe daily. 

Humans have never been able to move across countries and borders with such ease as they do today. But which countries are outpacing each other across the skies?

The latest OAG report takes a look at exactly that, based on data and analysis of the world’s busiest routes by number of flights for the period March 2018-February 2019.  

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Fifteen of the Top 20 busiest international routes are in Asia Pacific, with a cluster around the Asian hub airports of Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.  

The busiest international route in the world is between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore with over 30 000 flights in the course of a year, operated by 8 carriers with an average of 82 flights per day. 

OAG analysis shows that on average Asian routes (domestic and international) operate with seven carriers, whilst in the US and Europe, the average carrier per route is three. 

(Source: OAG)

Globally, seven of the Top 10 busiest long-haul routes start or end in the US. With 15 587 flights over 12 months, the service between New York (JFK) and San Francisco (SFO) topped the long-haul route list, followed closely by New York (JFK) to London Heathrow (LHR) with 14 195 operating flights.

The busiest international route outside of Asia is ranked 8th and is LaGuardia Airport in New York - Toronto Pearson in North America. It has the fewest airlines competing of any Top 10 route, and also has the lowest OTP at 54.9%.

This is the only listing where South Africa featured. The Cape Town to Johannesburg route  sees 33 708 flights during a year.  The Top 20 busiest domestic routes are located in 13 different countries in every continent except Europe. 

(Source: OAG)

The busiest domestic route in the world, by a large margin, operates between Jeju and Seoul Gimpo. With nearly 80 000 annual flights, this high frequency service is operated by seven carriers who between them provide over 200 daily services. 

Indonesia is home to more of the Top 20 busiest domestic routes than any other country, with three. 

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