What are the 10 busiest international airline routes in the world?
OAG Aviation puts together a list each year of the busiest domestic and international routes in the world, based upon number of flights.
That’s not a perfect picture, since a 50-seat regional jet earns the same vote as a 400-seat A380. The study does, however, only include jet aircraft.
Here’s a look at the 10 busiest international airline routes in 2017, counting down from #10:
10. Bangkok (BKK) to Singapore (SIN) – 14,455 flights in 2017
9. Dublin (DUB) to London (LHR) – 14,556 flights in 2017
8. Beijing (PEK) to Hong Kong (HKG) – 14,592 flights in 2017
7. Hong Kong (HKG) to Seoul (ICN) – 16,366 flights in 2017
6. New York (LGA) to Toronto (YYZ) – 17,116 flights in 2017
5. Hong Kong (HKG) to Shanghai (PVG) – 20,818 flights in 2017
4. Jakarta (CGK) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – 20,890 flights in 2017
3. Jakarta (CGK) to Singapore (SIN) – 26,872 flights in 2017
2. Kulala Lumpur (KUL) to Singapore (SIN) – 29,383 flights in 2017
1. Hong Kong (HKG) to Taipei (TPE) – 29,494 flights in 2017
You’ll notice only U.S. airport on the list, New York LGA. #12 on the list is New York JFK to London and #14 is Chicago ORD to Toronto YYZ. I found number #19 interesting: Cairo to Jeddah has 12,896 flight per year.
Notice all of these are fairly shorthaul routes. The longest rout in the top-10 list is Hong Kong to Seoul at 1,285 miles.
You can review the full list here.