Routes, an organiser of aviation network development conferences and events, has unveiled the results of its study that examined the busiest passenger air routes across the world.
According to the study, the most popular route by passenger count is the short-haul domestic service is between Seoul's Gimpo Airport and the island of Jeju. It is reported that over 13.4 million people travel on the 450km route, which saw an increase of 9.4% over the last 12 months.
The journey from Seoul to Jeju boasts an average of 180 scheduled flight per day and reportedly carries 4.36 million more passengers than the second busiest route — Melbourne to Sydney Kingsford Smith.
Routes’ analysis found that air services in the Asia-Pacific region dominated the top 100 busiest routes by passenger numbers. Accounting for more than 70% of the total, the region beat out the United States, which still holds the title as the world’s largest aviation market.
In terms of international routes, Hong Kong to Taiwan Taoyuan is the busiest route with over 6.7 million passengers and 8th overall. The fastest-growing route in the top 100 is the Thai domestic route of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Chiang Mai, which grew 36% year-on-year to reach 2.4 million.
The research was released ahead of the upcoming World Routes 2018 event that is set to take place from the 15 – 18 September in Guangzhou, China. The event brings together the global airline, airport and tourism organisation to debate market trends and discover novel ways of capitalising on the opportunities.
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. Such staggering aviation growth means it is the perfect time for World Routes to return to China.
“The event will bring together senior decision makers from across the world to plan new air services and discuss increasing the frequency and capacity of the existing routes that are popular with passengers. The negotiations taking place in Guangzhou could pave the way to the busiest routes of the future.”
Presented by Routes, an entity under the EMEA division of UBM, which itself is part of Informa, the busiest routes were calculated using an OAG Schedules Analyser. The top 500 routes were ordered initially by overall seat capacity in 2017, before being ranked by passengers using data provided by Sabre Market Intelligence.