A fascinating map reveals the world’s busiest international air routes, with Kuala Lumpur to Singapore Changi at No. 1 and London Heathrow to JFK at eighth.

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Kuala Lumpur to Singapore Changi was the busiest international air route in 2023, according to a flight data company.

It topped an OAG ranking – shown on a world map – made by measuring the routes with the highest volume of scheduled airline seats in both directions.

Last year, there were 4,891,952 seats available on Changi services from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, putting it ahead of Cairo to Jeddah, which came second in the list with 4,795,712 seats. Third came Hong Kong in Taipei with 4,568,280 seats.

London Heathrow JFK, meanwhile, ranks eighth, with 3,878,590 seats.

The busiest domestic route in 2023 was from Jeju to Seoul (13,728,786), and the busiest domestic route in the United States was from Honolulu to Kahului (3,612,212).

The map above reveals the busiest international air routes of 2023, according to OAG, which calculated the rankings based on the number of planned airline seats.

The map above reveals the busiest international air routes of 2023, according to OAG, which calculated the rankings based on the number of planned airline seats.

THE MOST FREQUENT VOLUNTARY ITINERARIES OF 2023 – INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL

International

1. Kuala Lumpur – Singapore Changi (4,891,952 seats)

2. Cairo – Jeddah (4,795,712)

3. Hong Kong – Taipei (4,568,280)

4. Seoul Incheon – Osaka Kansai (4,218,484)

5. Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita (4,155,418)

6. Dubai – Riyadh (3,990,076)

7. Jakarta – Singapore Changi (3,910,502)

8. New York JFK – London Heathrow (3,878,590)

9. Bangkok – Singapore Changi (3,478,474)

10. Bangkok – Seoul Incheon (3,362,968)

Domestic

1. Jeju International – Seoul Gimpo (13,728,786 seats)

2. Sapporo New Chitose – Tokyo Haneda (11,936,302)

3. Fukuoka – Tokyo Haneda (11,264,229)

4. Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City (10 883 555)

5. Melbourne-Sydney (9,342,312)

6.Beijing-Shanghai Hongqiao (8,355,225)

7. Tokyo Haneda – Okinawa Naha (7,982,218)

8. Jeddah – Riyadh (7,902,142)

9. Mumbai – Delhi (7,276,430)

10. Jakarta – Denpasar-Bali (7,190,961)

Source: BVG

The rest of the top 10 busiest international routes for 2023 were Seoul Incheon to Osaka Kansai (fourth, 4,218,484); Seoul Incheon to Tokyo Narita (fifth, 4,155,418); Dubai in Riyadh (sixth, 3,990,076); Jakarta to Singapore Changi (seventh, 3,910,502); Bangkok to Singapore Changi (ninth, 3,478,474) and Bangkok to Seoul Incheon (10th, 3,362,968).

Comparing the results to its 2019 rankings, OAG said half of the 10 busiest international routes did not make the top 10 in 2019.

These were Cairo to Jeddah (second), Seoul Incheon to Osaka Kansai (fourth), Seoul Incheon to Tokyo Narita (fifth), Dubai to Riyadh (sixth) and Bangkok to Incheon (10th).

The busiest domestic route in 2023 was Jeju to Seoul, with 13,728,786 seats planned.

The busiest domestic route in 2023 was Jeju to Seoul, with 13,728,786 seats planned.

New York JFK to London Heathrow ranks (above) as the eighth busiest international airline route, with 3,878,590 seats.

New York JFK to London Heathrow ranks (above) as the eighth busiest international airline route, with 3,878,590 seats.

Hokkaido Chitose Airport in Tokyo Haneda comes second in the national ranking with 11,936,302 seats.

Fukuoka to Tokyo Haneda follow closely in third place with 11,264,229 seats, with OAG noting: “There is only a six percent capacity gap between second and third place. »

The rest of the top 10 domestic routes included Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (fourth, 10,883,555); Melbourne to Sydney (fifth, 9,342,312); Beijing to Shanghai Hongqiao (sixth, 8,355,225); Tokyo Haneda to Okinawa Naha (seventh, 7,982,218); Jeddah to Riyadh (eighth, 7,902,142); Mumbai to Delhi (ninth, 7,276,430) and Jakarta to Denpasar-Bali (10th, 7,190,961).

OAG added that Jakarta to Denpasar is the only route among the top 10 busiest domestic routes that was not in the top 10 in 2019.

Honolulu (above) to Kahului is the busiest domestic route in the United States with 3,612,212 seats, according to OAG.

Honolulu (above) to Kahului is the busiest domestic route in the United States with 3,612,212 seats, according to OAG.

TOP 10 MOST FREQUENT US DOMESTIC FLIGHT ROUTES IN 2023

1. Honolulu – Kahului (3,612,212 seats)

2. Atlanta – Orlando (3,515,882)

3. Las Vegas – Los Angeles (3,496,170)

4. New York JFK – Los Angeles (3,241,663)

5. Denver – Las Vegas (3,198,098)

6. Los Angeles – San Francisco (3,130,328)

7. Atlanta-Fort Lauderdale (3,045,220)

8. Denver – Phoenix (3,040,961)

9. Atlanta – New York La Garde (2,707,958)

10. Los Angeles – Chicago O’Hare (2,672,269)

Source: BVG

Atlanta to Orlando was the second busiest domestic route in the United States with 3,515,882 seats, followed by Las Vegas to Los Angeles in third (3,496,170).

The top 10 busiest US domestic routes were rounded out by New York JFK to Los Angeles (fourth, 3,241,663); Denver to Las Vegas (fifth, 3,198,098); Los Angeles to San Francisco (sixth, 3,130,328); Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale (seventh, 3,045,220); Denver to Phoenix (eighth, 3,040,961); Atlanta to New York La Guardia (ninth, 2,707,958) and Los Angeles to Chicago O’Hare (10th, 2,672,269).

BVG reveals that there were three routes among the 10 busiest domestic routes in the United States that did not make the top 10 in 2019, including Honolulu to Kahului (first), Denver to Las Vegas (fifth), and Denver to Phoenix (eighth).

Los Angeles to San Francisco was the busiest U.S. route in 2019, but it fell to sixth in 2023 with a 33% decrease in capacity.

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