Courtney Allan

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The world’s busiest flights revealed – and Australia made the list

The world’s busiest flights revealed – and Australia made the list

New research done by has found that Australia has two of the world’s busiest flight routes, but an aviation expert says that it might not be a title the country retains for long.

Melbourne to Sydney was found to be the second busiest domestic route in the world, with almost 150 flights each day or about 54,000 flights a year.

Sydney to Brisbane claimed the 12th spot in the domestic rankings, with an annual total 33,443 flights, which is about 92 flights each day.

Monash Business School’s Greg Bamber said to The New Daily that the rankers were not necessarily a source of pride for Australia.

Bamber has said that it would be more beneficial for Australia to have a high-speed rail system between Melbourne and Sydney which gives airports more capacity to focus on international arrivals and departures.

“We’re seeing [more point-to-point] travel in Europe and northern America,” he said.

“People don’t want to have to transfer flights or modes of transport to get to their destination.” 

The top ten busiest domestic routes

  1. Jeju City to Seoul, South Korea
  2. Melbourne to Sydney, Australia
  3. Mumbai to New Delhi, India
  4. Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  5. Fukuoka to Tokyo, Japan
  6. Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  7. Sapporo to Tokyo, Japan
  8. Jakarta to Surabaya, Indonesia
  9. Los Angeles to San Francisco, US
  10. Jeddah to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia