South East Asia Flights

We recently published an update on South East Asia Airlines and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on them. We also shared a post looking at the latest flight price trends to the region (mostly downwards).

In this post we will look at some of the top routes in South East Asia and the effects that COVID-19 has had on airlines and airports in South East Asia.

We have used data published by OAG in their Busiest Routes 2020 Report (which used 2019 data as a baseline for comparison for the future) and their regular Capacity and Frequency Report.

Longest Routes

OAG have calculated the route distance by the number of nautical miles.

RankingRouteNautical Miles
1Newark to Singapore8,277
5Los Angeles to Singapore7,611
7New York JFK to Manila7,392
9San Francisco to Singapore7,330
Longest routes to South East Asia

The longest route between Europe and South East Asia was London Heathrow to Singapore at 5,873 nautical miles.

Busiest Routes

OAG have used the number of scheduled seats as the basis for this ranking.

With 6 of the world’s 10 busiest International routes featuring South East Asia countries, it is clear how busy the area is.

Singapore features three times and Bangkok, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur are all twice in the list.

Credit Shawn Ang on Unsplash
RankingRouteScheduled Seats
2Kuala Lumpur to Singapore5,560,894
3Jakarta to Singapore5,480,000
4Bangkok to Hong Kong4,826,872
7Hong Kong to Manila3,852,991
9Bangkok to Singapore3,832,494
10Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur3,798,559
Busiest South East Asia routes

Domestically the only route to feature in the world top ten list was Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, in fourth pace with 10,253,530 scheduled seats.

The impact of COVID-19 has been massive on flying around the world, and South East Asia has not escaped that impact.

Singapore Changi are operating at 91.7% lower capacity than in September 2019. Capacity is almost 20% in less in September than the were last month, showing that recovery is still a long way away.

Changi Jewel, Singapore. Credit Paul Fernandez on Unsplash

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi are operating at just 25% of the capacity in September 2019 although capacity has increased by almost 17% since last month.

As a whole South East Asia has 57.6% less scheduled seats available, 17,757,815, than in September 2019.

Most Competitive Routes

South East Asia is an incredibly popular destination which can be seen by the number of entries for the region in the most competitive routes list.

1Kuala Lumpur to Singapore9
4Da Nang to Seoul 9
7Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur8
Most competitive South East Asia routes

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