Dubai to Heathrow is the busiest international route for scheduled flights in January 2021, according to a respected flight data company.
OAG has looked at how many scheduled seats are available for all international flights this month – and there are 190,365 available on Dubai to Heathrow services, beating Cairo to Jeddah into second place (154,377). Orlando to San Juan is ranked third (151,916).
The domestic ranking is dominated by Asian routes, which account for nine out of the top 10 busiest. Number one in this ranking is Jeju International to Seoul Gimpo in South Korea with 1,069,677 seats available this month. Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is second (1,020,790) and third is Sapporo New Chitose to Tokyo Haneda (716,292).
Dubai to Heathrow is the busiest international route for scheduled flights in January 2021, according to respected flight data company OAG. Pictured is Dubai International Airport
WORLD’S BUSIEST FLIGHT ROUTES IN JANUARY 2021
1. Dubai to London Heathrow (190,365 seats)
2. Cairo to Jeddah in second place (154,377)
3.Orlando to San Juan (151,916)
4. Paris Orly to Pointe-a-Pitre (138,475)
5. Seoul Incheon to Tokyo Narita (127,170)
6. New York JFK to Santiago DO (120,876)
7. Moscow Domodedovo to Simferopol (116,956)
8. Shanghai Pudong to Taipei (115,969)
9. Cairo to Riyadh (115,124)
10. Fort de France to Paris Orly (113,363)
1. Jeju International to Seoul Gimpo (1,069,677 seats)
2. Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (1,020,790)
3. Sapporo New Chitose to Tokyo Haneda (716,292)
4. Beijing to Shanghai Hongqiao (695,156)
5. Fukuoka to Tokyo Haneda (670,234)
6. Guangzhou to Shanghai Hongqiao (643,431)
7. Shanghai Hongqiao to Shenzhen (630,500)
8. Jakarta to Denpasar (566,375)
9. Jeddah to Riyadh (548,226)
10. Tokyo Haneda to Osaka Itami (520,689)
OAG suggests that the Dubai to London route is at the top of the international table ‘as a result of the removal of the UAE from the UK’s quarantine list’.
However, it points out that the new January lockdown will ‘likely impact demand for this route’.
The rest of the top 10 busiest international routes for January 2021 are Paris Orly to Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe (fourth, 138,475 seats), Seoul Incheon to Tokyo Narita (fifth, 127,170), New York JFK to Santiago DO (sixth, 120,876), Moscow Domodedovo to Simferopol (seventh, 116,956), Shanghai Pudong to Taipei (eighth, 115,969), Cairo to Riyadh (ninth, 115,124) and Fort de France in Martinique to Paris Orly (10th, 113,363).
The rest of the top 10 domestic route table comprises Beijing to Shanghai Hongqiao (fourth, 695,156 seats), Fukuoka to Tokyo Haneda (fifth, 670,234), Guangzhou to Shanghai Hongqiao (sixth, 643,431), Shanghai Hongqiao to Shenzhen (seventh, 630,500), Jakarta to Denpasar (eighth, 566,375), Jeddah to Riyadh (ninth, 548,226) and Tokyo Haneda to Osaka Itami (10th, 520,689).
OAG explains that the busiest routes are ‘defined as those with the largest volume of scheduled seats in the current calendar month’ and says ‘data is for both directions on each route’.
Yesterday, it was announced that all travellers to England and Scotland from international destinations will have to test negative for coronavirus before they can enter the country.
Under plans set out by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, from next week passengers arriving in England by boat, train or plane – including UK nationals – will have to take a test up to 72 hours before leaving the country of departure.
A UK border sign welcomes passengers arriving at Heathrow. Yesterday it was announced that all travellers to England and Scotland from international destinations will have to test negative for coronavirus before they can enter the country
Similar measures have been announced by the Scottish Government, while officials were said to be working closely with the devolved administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland on adopting them there.
Mr Shapps said the move was designed to prevent new variants of the disease which have emerged in countries such as South Africa and Denmark. Failure to comply will lead to an immediate £500 fine.
There will be a limited number of exemptions, including hauliers, children under 11, crews, arrivals from the Common Travel Area with Ireland and for those travelling from countries without the infrastructure available to deliver tests.
The move follows the decision to suspend all direct travel from South Africa following the emergence there of a new strain of coronavirus thought potentially to be even more virulent than the mutant variant which has led cases to surge in the UK.