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The World's Busiest Scheduled Passenger Air Routes

According to a new research by Routesonline, 90% of the top 20 busiest routes in the world in July, 2017 were in the Asia-Pacific region, with no routes from Europe, the Americas or Africa making the list.

The busiest route in the world during the month under review was Jeju International to Seoul Gimpo International, a service that links the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula with the capital city of South Korea.

Over 1.28 million passengers travelled the 450km between the two airports – almost 600,000 passengers more than the second busiest route, Sapporo New Chitose to Tokyo International. The 1.28 million figure was also 94,000 more than the number who travelled on the route during June, and 300,000 higher than July 2016.

In total, there were 5,858 flights between Jeju International and Seoul Gimpo International in July 2017, equivalent to an average of 189 per day. The average base fare paid for the 65 minute flight was $86.70.

The research, which used OAG to analyse the top 50 routes in the world by capacity in July 2017 and then ranked them by passenger statistics on Sabre, found that Asia-Pacific dominated the top 20 busiest flights in the world, with just two routes outside the region making the table.

Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD)-Melbourne Airport was the third most in-demand flight with 663,037 passengers, while Jeddah (JED)-Riyadh King Khalid was the 16th busiest with 365,316 passengers.

With an average base fare of $68.48, Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi was the cheapest route in the top 20, while Okinawa Naha to Tokyo was the most expensive at $320.92. The average fare across the top 20 was $142.77.

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