KL to Singapore is the busiest airline route in the world
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KL to Singapore is the busiest airline route in the world

FLIGHTS between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore are the most numerous of any international airline route in the world, according to data released this week.

According to UK-based air travel intelligence company OAG, the number of flights between Singapore and KL in the 12 months to February 2018 was a whopping 30,537 – primarily operated by Air Asia, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Scoot, SilkAir, Jetstar and Malindo.

More than four million passengers travelled this leg Feb 2017 and Feb 2018. In second place was the route between Hong Kong and Taipei with 28,887 flights, followed by Jakarta, Indonesia to Singapore with 27,304.

A majority of the most highly trafficked air routes were in Asia, with 14 out of the top 20 being in the region. In contrast, there was only two within Europe and North America, respectively; and one in the Middle East.


The world’s busiest airline routes are heavily concentrated in Asia. Source: OAG

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“Given the robust expansion of air passenger travel across Asia Pacific and the fierce competition between carriers in the region, it is unsurprising that 14 of the world’s busiest 20 routes, including 8 of the top 10 routes, are between Asian city pairs,” said Mayur Patel, Regional Sales Director JAPAC for OAG.

Hong Kong-Shanghai Pudong came in fourth; Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur in fifth; Seoul Incheon in South Korea to Osaka, Japan; and Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon in seventh place.

New York LaGuardia to Toronto, Canada crept in at eighth place, followed by Dubai to Kuwait in the rich Gulf States. Next, however, was Hong Kong to Singapore with more than 3.2 million passengers making this journey in the 12 month period.

The highest on-time performance among Asian routes was Kansai-Taipei with 83 percent, followed by Bangkok-Singapore percent and Incheon-Kansai percent.