Aviation analysis company OAG has published its report on the busiest air routes for 2023with Kuala Lumpur International-Singapore Changi topping the list of international routes.
The route had a total of 4.9 million seats last year, knocking Cairo-Jeddah into second place with 4.8 million seats.
Seven of the ten busiest international routes involved Asia-Pacific destinations, with Hong Kong-Taipei taking third place with 4.6 million seats (about 43 percent less than 2019 levels).
New York’s JFK-London Heathrow airport came in eighth position with 3.9 million seats.
However, these figures are much lower than those of the busiest domestic routes for 2023, with Jeju International – Seoul Gimpo with 13.7 million seats, followed by Sapporo New Chitose – Tokyo Haneda (11.9 million) and Fukuoka – Tokyo Haneda (11.3 million).
Regarding airportsOAG data shows that Atlanta was the busiest global hub in 2023, followed by Dubai International, Tokyo Haneda and London Heathrow.
Heathrow recorded its highest number of passengers in September this year, in a month that also saw the airport’s monthly passenger figures exceed the equivalent period in 2019 for the first time since February 2020.
Heathrow sees record passenger numbers in September
Commenting on the news, John Grant, chief analyst at OAG, said:
“Asia continues to have the busiest routes in the world due to its popularity as a tourist hotspot. Although capacity has not returned to 2019 levels, London Heathrow remains a vital hub for global air travel.”