Seoul-Danang is APAC’s fastest-growing air route

The Seoul-Danang route is the fastest-growing route in the Asian region; Danang's Golden Bridge pictured

Seoul-Danang is the fastest-growing passenger route in Asia-Pacific, in a new study release by Routesonline at Routes Asia 2019, which took place from in Cebu last well.

More than 2.2 million passengers took a flight between the two destinations in 2018, compared with 1.3 million just 12 months earlier, translating to a 71% rise in the number of passengers.

The Seoul-Danang route is the fastest-growing route in the Asian region; Danang’s Golden Bridge pictured

According to OAG Schedules Analyser, two-way capacity on the Seoul-Danang route jumped by 73% in 2018 to 2.8 million available seats. A total of 10 carriers served the market, up from nine in 2017.

Jin Air had a 20% capacity share of the total number of seats on offer last year, with Korean Air on 15.1% and Jeju Airlines on 13.2%. In total there were almost 12,100 flight departures on the route, compared with fewer than 7,500 in 2017.

In second place is Manila-Iloilo, which connects the capital of the Philippines with Iloilo City on Panay Island. Total passenger traffic increased by nearly 48% in 2018 to more than 2.1 million passengers.

Overall two-way capacity rose by 49% in 2018 compared with the previous year, OAG figures show, increasing to 2.5 million seats. Cebu Pacific commanded a 50.5% capacity share, followed by Philippine Airlines with 31.3% and Philippines AirAsia with 18.2%.

In joint third in the list are two domestic routes. The first links Indonesia’s capital Jakarta with the port city of Palembang, while the second connects Hyderabad in south India with Bengaluru. Both routes saw passenger numbers increase by 20% in 2018.

Routesonline’s research found the top 100 passenger routes to/from and within the Asia-Pacific region during 2018 using the latest data provided by Sabre Market Intelligence. The list was then ranked by percentage annual growth when compared with the same period in 2017.

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