One-hour Singapore-KL flight the busiest global route in the world

The route between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is the world's busiest with more than 30,500 flights a yearMore

The route between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is the world's busiest with more than 30,500 flights a yearMore

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Singapore came 11th, with 14,859 trips and 2.9 million passengers during the period, followed by Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Hong Kong, with 14,832 trips and 3.7 million passengers.

Mr Patel said: "While this intense level of competition offers impressive flight frequencies and competitive prices for consumers, it adds pressure to the operating costs and on-time performance of carriers, and may prove unsustainable over time".

A large number of airlines serve the route, from full-service carriers such as Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines to budget ones like AirAsia.

From March 2017 to end of February 2018, 30,537 flights covered the Singapore - KL route that topped the list, with an average of 84 flights every day.

OAG's report found that the busiest worldwide route outside of Asia was between New York's LaGuardia airport and Toronto Pearson - a route which saw about 16,956 flights over the period.

The Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route is the world's busiest global air link, with 30,537 flights recorded between the two cities in the 12 months by end-February 2018, the Straits Times quoted industry consultancy OAG as saying on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Flying between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur takes about an hour, and there are plans to build a high-speed rail link between the two.

"This compares to two routes within Europe, two routes in North America, plus one route between North America and Europe and one route between destinations in the Middle East". The second busiest was Singapore-Jakarta (4.7 million people) and Singapore-Kuala Lumpur (4 million).

Asia dominated the list of the world's 20 busiest global air routes, with 14 operating to and from destinations in the region, Britain-based OAG said. The busiest European route is between Dublin and London Heathrow, with 14,390 flights.

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