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WHICH ARE THE WORLD'S BUSIEST FLIGHT ROUTES? - JANUARY 2023


View and interrogate OAG’s ever-popular Busiest Airline Routes whenever you need as they evolve and change over time, regularly providing updates on the busiest flight routes in the world. These include the Top 10 Busiest Global Airline Routes, Top 10 Domestic Airline Routes and International Airline Routes by region. Our world flight routes data is powered by Schedules Analyser.

In January 2023 Jeju (CJU) - Seoul (GMP) continues to be the busiest domestic route with 1.2 million seats.  Find extensive flight data and analysis for domestic and international airline routes below and discover the busiest air routes in the area of your choice.

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BUSIEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE ROUTES - JANUARY 2023


GLOBAL TOP 10 BUSIEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE ROUTES

KEY POINTS

  • Jeju (CJU) - Seoul (GMP) continues to be the busiest domestic route with 1.2 million seats however it has seen a capacity decrease of 3% compared to last month.
  • The second busiest route is Sapporo New Chitose (CTS) – Tokyo Haneda (HND), moving up two places this month with 985,684 seats, a 1% increase compared to last month.
  • Hanoi (HAN) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) has moved down one place to be the third busiest route with 979,951 seats, a 2% decrease compared to last month.
  • Jakarta (CGK) – Denpasar (DPS) has moved up into the top 10 busiest domestic routes in 6th place and Shanghai (SHA) – Shenzhen (SZX) has dropped out. 

CHINA'S TOP 10 BUSIEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE ROUTES

KEY POINTS

  • Beijing (PEK) – Shanghai (SHA) remains the busiest domestic route in China for January 2023 with 587,110 seats and capacity has remained at a similar level to last month.
  • Shanghai (SHA) – Shenzhen (SZX) is still the second busiest route, however capacity has decreased by 14% this month compared to last month.
  • Guangzhou (CAN) – Shanghai (SHA) remains in 3rd place with a capacity increase of 26% this month, the largest increase in the top 10.
  • Guangzhou (CAN) – Hangzhou (HGH) has moved up to 4th place with a capacity increase of 6% and Hangzhou (HGH) – Shenzhen (SZX) has moved down a place to 5th with a capacity decrease of 9%.
  • Chongqing (CKG) – Shenzhen (SZX) and Guangzhou (CAN) – Chengdu (CTU) have both moved up into the top 10 busiest routes in China in 6th and 7th place with Chengdu (CTU) – Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (SHA) – Xiamen (XMN) dropping out. 

USA'S TOP 10 BUSIEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE ROUTES

KEY POINTS

  • Las Vegas (LAS) – Los Angeles (LAX) has become the busiest route in the USA domestic market in January 2023, moving up one place with 322,225 seats, a 14% increase compared to last month.
  • Honolulu (HNL) – Kahului (OGG) has moved down a place to be the second busiest route this month.
  • Atlanta (ATL) – Orlando (MCO) remains in third place this month and New York (JFK) – Los Angeles (LAX) is in 4th place moving up one place from last month.
  • Denver (DEN) – Las Vegas (LAS) is in 5th place in January 2023, moving up 2 places from last month with a capacity increase of 9%. Los Angeles (LAX) – San Francisco (SFO) has moved up into the Top 10 in 8th place and Honolulu (HNL) – Los Angeles (LAX) has dropped out. 

BUSIEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE ROUTES - JANUARY 2023


KEY POINTS

  • The busiest international route continues to be Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Singapore Changi (SIN) with 407,428 seats and a capacity increase of 2% in January 2023 compared to last month.
  • Cairo (CAI) – Jeddah (JED) stays in 2nd place with a similar capacity to last month at 346,791 seats and Dubai (DXB) – Riyadh (RUH) remains in 3rd place.
  • Incheon airport continues to see growth in international seats for January 2023 and compared to last month seats have grown by 9% which has led to capacity increases on routes from Incheon airport: Incheon (ICN) – Osaka Kansai (KIX) has moved up 4 places to be the 4th busiest international route with a 6% increase in capacity and Incheon (ICN) – Bangkok (BKK) has moved up 4 places to be the 5th busiest international route with a capacity increase of 11%.  
  • Most routes in the international top 10 are in Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions with a small number in Africa, Europe and North America. 6 of the top 10 routes are within Asia Pacific region. 
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METHODOLOGY


The busiest flight routes in the world are defined as those with the largest volume of scheduled airline seats in the current calendar month. Data is for flights in both directions on each route and is sourced from OAG Schedules Analyzer in the first week of each month. The flight data reflects the most recent full calendar month for the busiest scheduled domestic and international flight routes in each category.