The busiest air routes of 2023!

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The busiest routes in 2023 are based on analysis of data from January to December 2023, provided by OAG's Global Airline Schedules Data. Discover the busiest international and domestic flight routes around the world, compared to 2019 and 2022. In addition, we have included data on the largest aviation markets, China and the US, providing information on the busiest domestic air routes in these regions.

The busiest routes in 2023 – international flights

  •  The busiest international air route in 2023 is Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Singapore Changi (SIN) cu 4,9 million seats .
  •  Cairo (CAI) – Jeddah (JED) is in second place, with 4,8 million seats , with only a 2% capacity difference between first and second place.
  •  Hong Kong (HKG) – Taipei (TPE) it is the third busiest international route as of 2023, with 4,6 million seats. This was the busiest route of 2019 and capacity has fallen by 43% since then.
  •  Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Osaka Kansai (KIX) is the fourth busiest international route in 2023, with 4,2 million seats .
  • Half of the routes in the top 10 busiest international routes were not in the top 10 in 2019, they are:
    •  Cairo (CAI) – Jeddah (JED), 2nd place
    •  Seoul Incheon (ICN ) – Osaka Kansai (KIX), 4th
    •  Seoul Incheon (ICN ) – Tokyo Narita (NRT), 5th
    •  Dubai (DXB) – Riyadh (RUH), 6th place
    •  Bangkok (BKK) to Seoul Incheon (ICN), 10th

Busiest International Air Routes in 2023 – By Region

The most crowded ones are listed below international air routes by region, subject to available seats.

ASIA PACIFIC

Kuala Lumpur – Singapore Changi | 4.891.952 seats.

EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Cairo-Jeddah | 4.795.712 seats.

LATIN AMERICA

Orlando – San Juan | 2.436.988 seats.

NORTH AMERICA

New York JFK – London Heathrow | 3.878.590 seats.

The busiest domestic air routes in 2023 – By Region

They are listed below the number one national air routes by region

ASIA PACIFIC

Jeju International – Seoul Gimpo | 13.728.786 seats.

EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Jeddah – Riyadh | 7.902.142 seats.

LATIN AMERICA

São Paulo-Congonhas – Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont | 5.759.732 seats.

NORTH AMERICA

Honolulu – Kahului | 3.612.212 seats.

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