TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Routesonline on Sunday revealed the 2017 top international routes by passenger numbers. With an average of 80 flights per day - that's one every 18 minutes - Hong Kong (HKG) - Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) was the busiest during July 2017.
World Routes 2017 is held in Barcelona from September 23 to 26 as 275 airlines gather together for the event. On Sunday, Routesonline announced the world's top ten carriers by capacity and the 20 busiest non-stop international passenger routes on earth.
A total of 451,801 passengers traveled the 802km between Hong Kong and Taipei with an average of every 18 minutes flights per day, the route has 29,313 more passengers than the second busiest international route, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) - Singapore Changi (SIN).
Cathay Pacific Airways had the most capacity on the route with 309,439 available seats, followed by China Airlines with 182,986. Other operators to fly HKG-TPE are EVA Airways, Hong Kong Airlines and Cathay Dragon.
The busiest international routes were calculated by using OAG to find the top 100 routes in the world by capacity in July 2017 and then ranking them by passenger statistics on Sabre, the largest Global Distribution Systems provider for air bookings.
The most expensive route in the top 20 was Hong Kong (HKG) - Beijing Capital (PEK) - operated by Cathay Dragon, Air China, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines - with an average base fare of $333.08. The cheapest was Palma de Mallorca (PMI) - Duesseldorf (DUS), operated by a string of low-cost carriers including NIKI, Eurowings and Germania.
Other routes from Taiwan on world's top 10 busiest international routes are Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) - Osaka Kansai, ranking the 6th, and Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) - Tokyo Narita(NRT), ranking the 9th busiest.