The domestic route between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport is the busiest route on the continent, according to a study conducted by Routes, an aviation network development, conferences and events organiser, which reported more than 34 000 flights in 2017, amounting to 4.7m passengers.

South Africa’s Johannesburg-Durban route comes second, followed by the route between Cairo and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Nigeria’s Abuja-Lagos route was fourth busiest, seeing 1.3m passengers last year and the Cape Town-Lanseria, Johannesburg, route rounding off the top five.

The top ten busiest air routes are:

  1. Johannesburg OR Tambo-Cape Town
  2. Johannesburg OR Tambo-Durban King Shaka
  3. Cairo International-Jeddah
  4. Abuja-Lagos
  5. Johannesburg Lanseria-Cape Town
  6. Durban King Shaka-Cape Town
  7. Johannesburg OR Tambo-Port Elizabeth
  8. Johannesburg OR Tambo-Dubai International
  9. Cairo International-Riyadh King Khalid
  10. Cairo International-Kuwait

The study comes in time for Routes Africa 2018 taking place in Accra, Ghana, between July 16 and 18. The forum will bring together leading airlines, airports and tourism authorities to discuss air services to, from and within Africa.

Steven Small, Brand Director of Routes, says the introduction of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) makes this an exciting time for air travel in Africa. “The SAATM is set to further liberalise and unify the African skies.”

Small concludes: “Routes Africa will bring together senior decision makers from Africa’s airlines, airports and destinations to plan new services. The negotiations in Accra could lead the way to the busiest African routes of the future.”

[Article courtesy Tourism Update -]

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