This Route Carries the Most Passengers on Earth Each Year

Sep 14, 2018

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In the world of commercial flight routes, there are many illustrious superlatives: world’s longest flight, longest US domestic flight, most profitable flight, fastest-growing aviation market — the list goes on and on.

AvGeeks can now add another title to the annals of record-setting routes: busiest passenger flight route on the planet.

That mantle was bestowed upon the less than 300-mile flight spanning between South Korea’s capital city to the nation’s resort island of Jeju in a study done by Routes Online. In 2017, a whopping 13.4 million passengers traveled the short-haul route from Jeju International Airport (CJU) to Seoul’s Gimpo Airport (GMP). According to CNN, the roughly hour-long journey is so popular, there is about one flight every eight minutes operating the route — about 180 flights per day.

The other top busiest flight routes in the world are also centered in the Asia-Pacific region. In fact, 70% of the top 100 most popular routes were based in or around Asia. “This research backs up forecasts that the Asia-Pacific region will be the biggest driver of passenger demand over the next 20 years,” Steven Small, brand director of Routes, said of the study’s results.

Routes tabulated the results by using OAG Schedules Analyser to compile last year’s 500 densest routes in the world by seat capacity, then used passenger numbers on those routes tallied by Sabre Market Intelligence to rank the top 10 flights.

Here are the other top busiest passenger flights in the world:

The top 10 busiest scheduled passenger routes in the world for 2017
1. Jeju (CJU) to Seoul Gimpo (GMP) — 13,460,306 passengers
2. Melbourne (MEL) to Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) — 9,090,941 passengers
3. Sapporo (CTS) to Tokyo Haneda (HND) — 8,726,502 passengers
4. Fukuoka (FUK) to Tokyo Haneda (HND) — 7,864,000 passengers
5. Mumbai (BOM) to Delhi (DEL) — 7,129,943 passengers
6. Beijing Capital (PEK) to Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) — 6,833,684 passengers
7. Hanoi (HAN) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) — 6,769,823 passengers
8. Hong Kong (HKG) to Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) — 6,719, 030 passengers
9. Jakarta (CGK) to Juanda Surabaya (SUB) — 5,271,304 passengers
10. Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Okinawa (OKA) — 5,269,481 passengers

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