Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Singapore-Kuala Lumpur air link busiest in world

Singapore-Kuala Lumpur air link busiest in world

According to an annual report by flight data firm OAG, the ranking was determined by the frequency of flights - covering both directions of a route - between two cities from the start of March 2017 to the end of February 2018. It must be mentioned that the duration of the flights between the two destinations is barely more than an hour. The third-place spot was taken by Jakarta-Singapore with 23,704 flights, followed by Hong Kong-Shanghai Pudong with 21,888 and Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur with 19,849. This translates to 84 flights a day, the Bloomberg report said.

The world's busiest flight path is between the South Korean capital, Seoul, and the country's popular holiday island of Jeju.

A high-speed railway line is being built to link the cities and is expected to be completed in 2026, cutting travel time overland to 90 minutes from around five hours.

Outside of Asia, New York's LeGuardia and Toronto Pearson with 16,956 flights topped the list.

"Given the robust expansion of air passenger travel across the Asia-Pacific and the fierce competition between carriers in the region, it is unsurprising", he said on Thursday.

The route between Dublin and London was the busiest in Europe with more than 14,000 flights in the 12-month period.

Total passenger traffic on the route was more than 4.6 million, compared with about four million for Singapore-KL.

Other major hubs like NY and London also made it into the list, with the route from New York's John F Kennedy International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport ranked 16th.

The trip between John F. Kennedy airport and London Heathrow is the 16th busiest worldwide route, and the second most popular route out of the United States, with 13,888 flights serviced over the 12-month period.

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