List of the busiest air routes in the world: Jeju-Seoul, Melbourne-Sydney, Sapporo-Tokyo and…..

With more than 13.4 million people traveling on the short-haul domestic service, the 450 km journey from Seoul’s Gimpo Airport to the island of Jeju off the coast of the Korean Peninsula has once again claimed the title as the most in-demand air route in the world.

The route has an average of 180 scheduled flights per day – that’s one every 8 minutes – transporting mainly leisure travelers from South Korea’s dense capital city to the island, famed for its white sandy beach resorts and volcanic landscape.

A total of 13,460,305 passengers flew between Seoul and Jeju in 2017, an increase of 9.4% on the previous 12 months when the route was also ranked as the busiest in the world. It carried a staggering 4,369,364 more people than the second busiest, Melbourne – Sydney Kingsford Smith.

Although the United States remains the world’s largest aviation market, the analysis found that air services in the Asia-Pacific region dominate the top 100 busiest routes by passenger numbers, accounting for more than 70% of the total.

Hong Kong – Taiwan Taoyuan is the busiest international route and features as the 8th most popular overall, with 6,719,029 passengers flying the 802 km in 2017. Hong Kong, the home hub for Cathay Pacific, features in six of the top ten international routes.

The study also found that the Thai domestic route of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi – Chiang Mai is the fastest-growing route in the top 100. Two-way passenger numbers grew by 36% year-on-year to almost 2.4 million.

The research has been released as 3,000 aviation professionals prepare to gather at World Routes 2018, taking place from 15-18 September in Guangzhou, China. The event is a global meeting place for airlines, airports and tourism organizations to discuss new market opportunities and the evolution of existing services.

The busiest routes in the world were calculated by using OAG Schedules Analyser to find the top 500 routes by overall seat capacity in 2017.

The top 10 busiest scheduled passenger routes in the world:

Passengers (2017)

1    Jeju – Seoul Gimpo (CJU-GMP)            13460306
2    Melbourne – Sydney Kingsford Smith (MEL-SYD)    9090941
3    Sapporo – Tokyo Haneda (CTS-HND)        8726502
4    Fukuoka – Tokyo Haneda (FUK-HND)        7864000
5    Mumbai – Delhi (BOM-DEL)            7129943
6    Beijing Capital – Shanghai Hongqiao (PEK-SHA)    6833684
7    Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City (HAN-SGN)        6769823
8    Hong Kong – Taiwan Taoyuan (HKG-TPE)        6719030
9    Jakarta – Juanda Surabaya (CGK-SUB)        5271304
10    Tokyo Haneda – Okinawa (HND-OKA)        5269481

The top 10 busiest scheduled international passenger routes in the world:

Passengers (2017)

1    Hong Kong – Taiwan Taoyuan (HKG-TPE)        6719030
2    Jakarta – Singapore Changi (CGK-SIN)        4810602
3    Hong Kong – Shanghai Pudong (HKG-PVG)    4162347
4    Kuala Lumpur – Singapore Changi (KUL-SIN)    4108824
5    Bangkok Suvarnabhumi – Hong Kong (BKK-HKG)    3438628
6    Dubai – London Heathrow (DXB-LHR)        3210121
7    Hong Kong – Seoul Incheon (HKG-ICN)        3198132
8    Hong Kong – Singapore Changi (HKG-SIN)        3147384
9    New York JFK – London Heathrow (JFK-LHR)    2972817
10   Hong Kong – Beijing Capital (HKG-PEK)        2962707

The top 10 fastest-growing scheduled passenger air routes in the top 100:

Year-on-year growth

1    Bangkok Suvarnabhumi – Chiang Mai (BKK-CNX)    36.0%
2    Seoul Incheon – Kansai International (ICN-KIX)    30.3%
3    Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur (CGK-KUL)        29.4%
4    Delhi – Pune (DEL-PNQ)                20.6%
5    Chengdu – Shenzhen Bao’an (CTU-SZX)        16.8%
6    Hong Kong – Shanghai Pudong (HKG-PVG)    15.5%
7    Bangkok Suvarnabhumi – Phuket (BKK-HKT)    14.9%
8    Jeddah – Riyadh King Kalid (JED-RUH)        13.9%
9    Jakarta – Kualanamu (CGK-KNO)            13.9%
10    Kolkata – Delhi (CCU-DEL)            13.4%



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World Travel Awards: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is a winner

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali has been named as Bali’s Leading Family Resort at the 2018 World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia, which are recognized globally as a hallmark of industry excellence.

The family lifestyle resort, which is located just five minutes’ walk from the beach, received the honor in a glittering Gala Award Ceremony held in Hong Kong on 3 September 2018. Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali was selected ahead of 11 other leading Balinese resorts for this prestigious award, including many top global brands.

The award was presented to Mr Horst Walther-Jones, General Manager of the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali, and Mr Soegi Nagaria, Director of Summarecon Agung Tbk, owner of the property.

“It is a great honour to be named as Bali’s Leading Family Resort at the 2018 World Travel Awards. This exquisite island is one of the world’s most competitive destinations for hotels and resorts, with many excellent properties catering for families. So to be judged as the best in Bali is a truly fantastic achievement. I would like to dedicate this award to my entire team, who work tirelessly each day to create the best possible experiences for our guests,” said Mr Walther-Jones.

“When we designed this beautiful resort we wanted to make it the ultimate destination for families, while also showcasing Balinese culture to the world. We are delighted therefore to win this award; it shows us that we have succeeded in creating a truly special resort where different generations can come together and experience the best that Bali has to offer, in terms of accommodation, activities, cuisine and cultural heritage,” said Mr Soegi Nagaria.

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is an ideal destination for families, with several expansive swimming pools, a manmade beach, swim-up hammocks and a children’s pools with water slides, plus the pirate-themed Meera Kid’s Club which features an indoor playground with trampoline and ball pit. Meanwhile, parents can unwind at the Arkipela Spa & Wellness.

Families can also stay and play together; a collection of spacious Family Rooms feature separate bedrooms for parents and children, while the unique Family Programme offers a series of fun activities including Balinese cooking classes, local dance lessons, jewellery making and more. Finally, the Anarasa restaurant offers a dedicated children’s dining zone.

The World Travel Awards celebrates its 25th anniversary year in 2018 and its annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the global travel, tourism and hospitality sectors. The black-tie Gala Award Ceremony in Hong Kong was attended by the industry’s key leaders and decision-makers, as well as trade and consumer media.

The winners of the 2018 World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia were selected based on voting by verified travel professionals during the period 1 April to 31 July 2018.

About Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
Designed as a family lifestyle resort, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali features 297 elegantly furnished rooms and suites and invites guests to immerse themselves in Bali’s laidback island lifestyle, vibrant culinary scene and rejuvenating wellness offerings just 100 metres from Jimbaran Beach. Along with five different dining venues offering a varied selection of cuisines, the resort also boasts an exotic pool with swim-up hammocks, pirate-themed Meera Kids Club, invigorating Arkipela Spa and the connected Samasta Lifestyle Village for additional shopping, wining and dining. Mövenpick Resort& Spa Jimbaran Bali and Samasta Lifestyle Village are owned by respected Indonesian developer, PT SummareconAgungTbk. For more information, please visit

About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is a modern, international upscale hotel management firm with a “we make moments” business philosophy, recognising that small gestures make a big difference to its guests, business partners and its workforce of more than 16,000 team members. The company manages more than 82 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East and is on track to meet its target of operating 125 properties by 2020. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ values reflect its Swiss roots and rich culinary heritage and it is passionate about delivering gastronomic excellence and intuitive service – all with a personal touch. Committed to sustainable practices and caring for local communities in the destinations where it operates, Mövenpick is the most Green Globe certified hotel company in the world. For more information, please

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Tropical Storm Warning Canceled for All Hawaiian Islands

Visitors in Hawaii can relax. The National Weather Service this afternoon canceled the tropical storm warning for all of the Hawaiian Islands, as Tropical Storm Olivia moved steadily away from the state.
As of 5:00 p.m., the center of Olivia was 110 miles southwest of Honolulu and moving away from Oahu in a west-southwest direction at a speed of 20 miles per hour. The storm progressively weakened throughout today and was last reported to have maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.
Portions of the state may continue to experience high winds and heavy rainfall through Thursday due to Olivia’s impact on surrounding weather conditions. The National Weather Service has issued wind advisories for Oahu and Kauai.
In addition, all of the Hawaiian Islands continue to be under a flash flood watch through Friday at
6:00 a.m., meaning conditions are favorable for flash flooding in flood-prone areas.
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, with support from state and county emergency workers, is currently assessing damages resulting from Olivia. There were isolated reports of power outages, fallen trees and landslides today on Maui and Oahu, all of which have been addressed.
Visitors currently in Hawaii or with confirmed trips to the Hawaiian Islands and concerned about Olivia’s impact on their travel plans are advised to contact their airlines, accommodations and activity providers to see if adjustments are needed.
HTA has a special Alert page about Olivia on its website. Included are links to resources for weather information, alerts posted by the State of Hawaii and four island counties, closures of parks, airline travel waivers, and news releases pertinent to Olivia. HTA’s Alert page for Olivia can be accessed from its home page or by clicking on the following link.
HTA’s Alert page for Olivia can be accessed from its home page or by clicking on the link below.
Following are links to information resources with the latest updates about Olivia and its effect on the Hawaiian Islands.
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World Travel Awards: Hilton Kuala Lumpur wins big in Malaysia

Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s upper upscale 5-star hotel has once again been honored the winning title of ‘Malaysia’s Leading Business Hotel’ and ‘Malaysia’s Leading Hotel Suite’ category at the recent World Travel AwardsTM held at Hong Kong.

The awards programme; acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

These awards showcase Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s continued winning streak as becoming the most awarded hotel in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, becoming repeat winners and taking the title of ‘Malaysia’s Leading Business Hotel’ for its fourth year and ‘Malaysia’s Leading Hotel Suite Award’ for a consecutive second year.

Jamie Mead, regional general manager, Malaysia said, “Even being nominated for these awards is an incredible honor, particularly given the extraordinary strength of the field this year. No words can describe how honored we are to have won these reputable awards. We at Hilton Kuala Lumpur will continue to go the extra mile to deliver outstanding performances with sheer determination and hard work. Our guests have placed us at the top of the market as the leading business hotel, and we intend to continue delivering great experiences to each and every guest who walks through our doors.”

The ultimate lifestyle hotel, Hilton Kuala Lumpur houses 510 stylish guest rooms and suites, gastronomical excellence, an elegant spa, and magnificent event space in the heart of the vibrant KL Sentral area.

Mead further commented, “This recognition is the best honor we can ask for and our team is genuinely invested in making sure our guests have a memorable and enjoyable stay, whether they are on vacation or business.”

To date Hilton Kuala Lumpur has received the following awards:

  • World Travel Awards 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015
  • Malaysia’s Leading Business Hotel — Hilton Kuala Lumpur
  • Malaysia’s Leading Hotel Suite — Presidential Suite at Hilton Kuala Lumpu
  • Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards 2018 and 2017
  • Best Business Hotel in Malaysia
  • Best Lifestyle Hotel in Malaysia
  • Best City Hotel in Malaysia
  • Best Restaurant Hotel in Malaysia
  • Going Places Magazine Award 2017 and 2016
  • Best 5 Star Hotel
  • World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 and 2016
  • Luxury Business Hotel
  • Luxury City Hotel
  • Business Traveler Awards 2017
  • Best Business Hotel
  • Malaysia Tatler’s Best Dining Restaurants 2017
  • Chambers Bar & Grill
  • Vasco’s
  • Chynna
  • Iketeru


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Fraport Traffic Figures – August 2018: Frankfurt Airport Records Passenger Growth

In August 2018, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed some 6.8 million passengers – an increase of 8.1 percent year-on-year. Since the beginning of 2018, FRA has achieved growth of 8.7 percent, with European routes continuing to drive passenger traffic.  In the reporting month, aircraft movements climbed by 8.0 percent to 46,389 take-offs and landings, while accumulated maximum take-off weights (MTOWs) rose by 5.5 percent to about 2.9 million metric tons.  With 182,589 metric tons (up 0.8 percent), cargo (airfreight + airmail) almost reached the same level as last year.

The airports in Fraport’s international portfolio continued their growth path in August 2018.  Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in Slovenia recorded an increase of 3.1 percent to 202,423 passengers.  Fraport’s two Brazilian airports in Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) reported combined traffic growth of 4.6 percent to about 1.2 million passengers.  The Group’s 14 Greek airports achieved overall positive growth of 6.6 percent to some 5.4 million passengers in August 2018.  Fraport Greece’s fastest growing airports included Corfu (CFO) with 704,741 passengers and Kos (KGS) with 538,382 passengers – both recording a 12.2 percent gain – while traffic at Mytilene Airport (MJT) on the island of Lesbos jumped by 11.6 percent to 71,636 passengers.

Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru saw traffic increase by 6.6 percent to about 2.1 million passengers.  Bulgaria’s Twin Star airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) registered combined growth of 5.8 percent to nearly 1.4 million passengers.  Traffic at Antalya Airport (AYT) on the Turkish Riviera surged by 14.7 percent to about 4.9 million passengers.  Hanover Airport (HAJ) closed the reporting period with 667,084 passengers (up 8.1 percent).  Traffic also advanced at Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Xi’an Airport (XIY) in China – where almost 2.1 million travelers (up 11.6 percent) and some 4.2 million passengers (up 8.8 percent) were served, respectively.

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