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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.
According to OAG Schedules Analyser, two-way capacity on the
Seoul (ICN) — Da Nang (DAD) route jumped by 73 percent 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 20.0 percent capacity share of the total number of
seats on offer last year, with Korean Air on 15.1 percent and Jeju
Airlines on 13.2 percent. 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 (MNL) — Iloilo (ILO), which connects
the capital of the Philippines with Iloilo City on Panay Island. Total
passenger traffic increased by nearly 48 percent in 2018 to more
than 2.1 million passengers. Overall two-way capacity rose by 49
percent in 2018 compared with the previous year, OAG figures show,
increasing to 2.53 million seats. Cebu Pacific commanded a 50.5
percent capacity share, followed by Philippine Airlines with 31.3
percent and Philippines AirAsia with 18.2 percent.
In joint third on the list are two domestic routes. The first links
Indonesia’s bustling capital Jakarta with the port city of Palembang,
while the second connects Hyderabad in south India with Bengaluru,
the centre of the country ’s high-tech industry. Both routes increased
passenger numbers by 20 percent in 2018.
Steven Small, brand director of Routes, said: “Across Asia there
is a huge amount to be optimistic about. Capacity increases are
planned across many markets, while increasing liberalisation will
enable the growth of airlines.
Meanwhile, Brisbane Airport (BNE) was named the overall winner
of the Routes Awards after earlier winning the “Over 20 Million
Passengers” category. Australia’s most domestically connected hub
and the third-busiest airport by passenger numbers, the airport
has two major terminals accommodating 35 airlines flying to 85
domestic and international destinations. During 2018, passenger
growth increased by 2.4 percent to a record high of 23.6 million
people travelling through BNE.
BNE is owned and operated by the Brisbane Airport Corporation
(BAC), who have committed billions of dollars of investment in the
airport, including a new runway due to open in 2020. BNE were
recognised for taking a sophisticated analysis-driven and creative
partnership approach to their marketing, including offering signif-
icant support for airlines’ growing capacity, frequency, or gauging
aircraft and an event TV campaign featuring Catriona Rowntree, a
well-known Australian TV host and travel reporter.
Jim Parashos, head of aviation business development airline and
retail management at Brisbane Airport, said: “ We operate in a very
competitive environment, not just in Southeast Queensland but the
whole of Australia, so you have to continue to innovate and go above
and beyond for your customers. We don’t do it for the awards, but
this is fantastic recognition for what we’ve achieved.”
Winner of the “Under 4 Million Passengers” award was Sihanouk
International Airport, who were congratulated for creating an im-
pressive number of new routes to Chinese cities, opening up their
region of Cambodia to a new, and booming, travel market.
Growth at Sihanoukville Airport has been significant, going from
under 100,000 passengers per annum in 2015 to over 650,000 in
2018. Traffic doubled each year in 2014, 2015, 2016 and last year ’s
growth just missed the mark at 92.6 percent increase, going from
339,000 to 654,000 passengers.
Another Australian airport went home with an award after Perth
Airport was named winner in the “4-20 Million Passengers” category
and was commended for attracting new airlines and adding capacity
to existing airlines.
AWARDS IN SUMMARY
OVER 20 MILLION
Winner: Brisbane Airport
Highly Commended: Fukuoka
4-20 MILLION PASSENGERS
Winner: Perth Airport
UNDER 4 MILLION
Sihanouk International Airport
Langkawi International Airport
Winner: Brisbane Marketing
◀ Winners of the Routes Asia awards at the ceremony.
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