Top 10: the busiest air routes in the world

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Today (November 6, 2017): Top 10 world’s busiest air routes.

If you have ever wondered about the busiest air routes in the world, you probably would think of flights between the world’s largest urban areas, such as New York to London or Mexico City to Madrid. However, the correct answer may surprise you as 90% of the twenty most in-demand flights on earth are located in the Asia-Pacific region, with no routes from Europe or the Americas making the list. I hereby present you the 10 busiest passenger air routes in the world, as provided by RoutesOnline. You’ll never guess the most popular air route in the world which almost double its nearest rival in terms of passenger volume!

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10. JAKARTA TO/FROM SURABAYA
  • Country: Indonesia
  • Distance (mi/km): 430/692
  • Monthly passenger volume (2016): 423,799
  • Carriers: Airfast Indonesia, Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia X, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air
JAKARTA – SURABAYA (INDONESIA)

9. TOKYO HANEDA TO/FROM OKINAWA
  • Country: Japan
  • Distance (mi/km): 959/1544
  • Monthly passenger volume (2016): 443,189
  • Carriers: All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines
TOKYO HANEDA – OKINAWA (JAPAN)

8. HONG KONG TO/FROM TAIPEI
  • Country: China to/from Taiwan
  • Distance (mi/km): 484/780
  • Monthly passenger volume (2016): 451,802
  • Carriers: Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Air, Hong Kong Airlines
HONG KONG (CHINA) – TAIPEI (TAIWAN)

7. BEIJING TO/FROM SHANGHAI
  • Country: China
  • Distance (mi/km): 668/1075
  • Monthly passenger volume (2016): 522,062
  • Carriers: Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines, Juneyao Airlines
BEIJING – SHANGHAI (CHINA)

6. HANOI TO/FROM HO CHI MINH CITY
  • Country: Vietnam
  • Distance (mi/km): 717/1153
  • Monthly passenger volume (2016): 531,338
  • Carriers: Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, Vietjet Air
HANOI – HO CHI MINH CITY (VIETNAM)


5. DELHI TO/FROM MUMBAI
  • Country: India
  • Distance (mi/km): 715/1150
  • Monthly passenger volume (2016): 537,186
  • Carriers: Air India, Air India Regional, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Vistara
DELHI – MUMBAI (INIDA)

4. TOKYO HANEDA TO/FROM FUKUOKA
  • Country: Japan
  • Distance (mi/km): 550/883
  • Monthly passenger volume (2016): 622,882
  • Carriers: All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
TOKYO HANEDA – FUKUOKA (JAPAN)

3. SYDNEY TO/FROM MELBOURNE
  • Country: Australia
  • Distance (mi/km): 706
  • Monthly passenger volume (2016): 663,037
  • Carriers: Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tigerair Australia
SYDNEY – MELBOURNE (AUSTRALIA)

2. TOKYO HANEDA TO SAPPORO
  • Country: Japan
  • Distance (mi/km): 510/819
  • Monthly passenger volume (2016): 688,394
  • Carriers: Air Do, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines
TOKYO HANEDA – SAPPORO (JAPAN)

1. SEOUL TO/FROM JEJU
  • Country: South Korea
  • Distance (mi/km): 450/279
  • Monthly passenger volume (2016): 1,284,989
  • Carriers: Air Busan, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, T’way Airlines, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air

One flight takes off from Seoul to Jeju every 15 minutes and more than 26 million passenger fly to Jeju each year – that’s more than the total number of passengers that pass via all of London’s airports combined. Jeju is the capital of Jejudo island, which might just be the most popular holiday destination you’ve never heard of. The small island features white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, dramatic volcanic landscapes, and spectacular underground caves, and is often viewed as the Korean equivalent to Hawaii. Jejudo also has plenty of casinos, which help lure tourists from China, and, thanks to the island’s self-governing status, no visa is required for a visit.

SEOUL – JEJU (SOUTH KOREA)

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