Sydney - Melbourne being the fourth busiest air route in the world
The most frequent domestic route in Australia ranks as number 4 on the world's busiest routes list. Only three routes in Japan and South Korea offer greater seating capacity.
The list is based on data provided by OAG, a global supplier of airline information.
World's busiest air routes
When comparing the monthly seating capacity, the top 5 busiest routes are all domestic. There's only one to offer more than a million seats per month: Tokyo International (HND) – Chitose. Next on the list is a route connecting South Korean cities Soul and Jeju, followed by another Japanese route Tokyo – Fukuoka. Number four is the above mentioned Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) – Melbourne Tullamarine (MEL), providing transport for about quarter of a million passengers per month.
Looking at the actual air movements, Australia's busiest route ranks second in the world with a little under 1,000 flights a month. Number one, Sao Paulo – Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, has slightly more than a thousand flights per month.
Airlines serving the Sydney – Melbourne route
Direct flight are currently offered by 8 airlines:
- Qantas Airways
- Jetstar Airways
- Virgin Blue
- Tiger Airways
- United Airlines
- Air Vanuatu
- Philippine Airlines
- Air Mauritius
Jiří Parimucha, Apr 14, 2011
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