21 MAY 2018
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The world’s 20 busiest international routes each have an average of more than 35 daily scheduled airline frequencies, and on the busiest, between Kuala Lumpur – Singapore, as many as 84 each day, according to the latest OAG survey.
The report also reveals aircraft types used and shows trends in airline capacity, prevalence of low-cost airlines, on-time performance and the most popular passenger connections at either end of a route.
OAG says it is not surprising 14 of the top 20 routes operate to, from or within Asia, with those which connect Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul and Osaka to other parts of the region featuring strongly.
Outside Asia, five short-haul routes are operated with a high density of scheduled air service. These are New York LaGuardia – Toronto, Dubai – Kuwait, Dublin –Heathrow, Amsterdam – Heathrow and Chicago – Toronto.
The only long-haul route which features among the Top 20 busiest international routes is New York JFK – Heathrow which supports an average of 38 daily frequencies and is ranked 16th in terms of flights and 14th for passenger traffic.
OAG says the fact such a long-haul route operated by wide-body aircraft does not rank higher for traffic reflects the use of some large aircraft on some of the shorter routes to address airport congestion and slot availability.
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