In a recent report from Routesonline, the fastest growing airline route of 2018 was between Seoul-Incheon and Da Nang, Vietnam.
According to the report, the Incheon-Da Nang route saw a 71% increase in the number of travelers taking flights, which amounts for around 2 million passengers compared to the year before.
The route is currently served by over 15 daily flights operated by major airlines such as Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, and Asiana. However, services between Da Nang and Seoul is dominated by Korean and Vietnamese low cost carriers which amounts for around 80% of the total number of flights between the two destinations.
While the Incheon-Da Nang route saw the biggest growth, the second fastest growing airline route is the Philippine domestic route between Manila and Iloilo in the Western Visayas region of the country. Total passenger traffic increased by nearly 48% in 2018, with more than 2 million travelers flying between the two cities.
The Manila-Iloilo route is served by 14 daily flights by local-based carries Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia. Cebu Pacific accounted for half of the available daily flights between the two cities, followed by Philippine Airlines (5) and AirAsia (3).
Following the Incheon-Da Nang and Manila-Iloilo routes, Indonesia saw several routes within or from the country make the fastest growing list. Among these routes were Palembang-Jakarta, Jakarta-Semarang, Jakarta-Medan, and Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta.
The report is based on research of 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 the rate of annual growth compared to the previous year (2017), and the findings were released to coincide with Routesonline’s Routes Asia 2019 conference in Cebu, Philippines.