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East Asia home to the busiest international air routes

Cathay1The majority of the world’s 20 busiest air routes are located in East Asia, with both the UK and the US missing out completely.

According to a survey by Routesonline, Hong Kong has the highest-intensity international air links by more than 100,000 air passengers.

Eight of the top 20 routes either begin or end at the city’s Chek Lap Kok airport, including the busiest air route, Hong Kong to Taipei, which carried 451,801 passengers in July alone.

That number means that more than 10 people a minute fly the 500-mile journey between the two cities, 24 hours a day.

Cathay Pacific airline is responsible for carrying around half of the passengers on the route, whilst China Airlines, Eva Air and other Hong Kong airlines account for the rest.

The routes were ranked by OAG – the largest airline schedule and flight database in the world – using passenger figures recorded in July this year.

Five routes in the top 20 include Singapore, including both the second and third most popular which fly to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur respectively.

Osaka, Bangkok and Manila are other popular destinations on the list, while both Tokyo and Seoul have two airports included in the top 20.

Finishing in 12th, is the route between Moscow Domodedovo and Simferopol in Crimea, which is the highest rated outside Asia.

The only other non-Asian route, is the link between Dusseldorf and Palma, on the island of Mallorca, however this is highly dependent on summer, with far fewer travellers using it in winter.

London would have featured prominently on the list, however the survey only considered airport to airport links, rather than city to city connections.

If the survey had taken into account all of the capital’s airports, then the London to Dublin route would have been ranked in second place, in terms of passengers flown.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your worldwide travel insurance in advance 

Date Created: 26 September 2017

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