Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia, and Changi Airport in Singapore won the title of the busiest international flight route in the world.
The route sees some 30,187 flights a year, which averages at 82 flights per day. With less than 300 km (184 miles) between the two journey ends, it is one of the shortest international flight routes in the world. The plane journey takes just over one hour.
The second most frequent flight route is from Hong Kong to Taipei with 28,447 flights per year. And Singapore to Jakarta with yearly 27,046 flights. On average, there are seven carriers operating these routes.
On the other hand, the long-haul flights’ list is topped by flights originating in North America — particularly New York–San Francisco. Operated by four carriers, the route is looking at 15,500 flights annually.
The route is closely followed by a connection between New York JFK and London Heathrow, with 14,195 flights a year.
In Europe, four out of the ten busiest international routes originate at London Heathrow. With 19,000 annual flights, the Barcelona–Madrid route is the busiest short-haul route in Europe.
World’s top ten busiest international flight routes
- Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
- Hong Kong to Taipei
- Jakarta to Singapore
- Hong Kong to Shanghai Pudong
- Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur
- Incheon, South Korea, to Kansai, Japan
- LaGuardia, NYC, to Toronto Pearson
- Hong Kong to Incheon, South Korea
- Bangkok to Singapore
- Dubai to Kuwait