OAG Data and Anna.Aero release top unserved routes in Asia

ASEAN, air transport, airlines

Jakarta Soekarno Hatta terminal 3

OAG Traffic Analyser Data with the support of online airlines’ network analyst Anna.aero published the list of the top unserved markets in Asia when analysed in terms of passengers volume. When looking at Southeast Asia, Penang, Surabaya or Jakarta airports lack a high number of international routes not only to and from Asia…

OAG Traffic Analyser Data looked at the total number of passengers travelling between October 2017 and September 2018 to destinations not served directly from a selected airport, finding which route had the most potential according to passengers flows travelling indirectly between two airports. Although Beijing still lacks a lot of routes in its network, it was interesting to notice that Penang came often among the top most popular routes unserved directly. Phuket but also Jakarta were among the routes with a strong growth potential for new services.

Phuket Airport (photo: thethaiger.com)

As soon as traffic passes the 40,000 passengers, mark, there is a potential for an airline to offer at least two to three frequencies per week…

Interestingly, this is Jakarta airport which suffers the most of a lack of non stop services to large cities. Among the top 10, is Paris with close to 87,000 passengers a year but also Los Angeles, Nagoya, Frankfurt, Cairo and New York. The airport is also lacking a connection to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital.

Tokyo Haneda could also support more direct flights to secondary cities in Southeast Asia with Phuket, Denpasar and Surabaya. Delhi is also in need of more flights to Indonesia, with both Jakarta and Denpasar being in the top unserved routes.  Delhi-Denpasar is the largest route unserved to Southeast Asia.

Interestingly, from Bangkok, top unserved routes are all long-haul services with three North American cities (Los Angeles, New York JFK and San Francisco) and seven European cities (Manchester, Dusseldorf -served since October 2018 by Eurowings-, Berlin-Tegel, Madrid, Geneva, Hamburg and Warsaw). By comparison, Singapore top unserved routes include ‘only’ seven long-haul routes – two in North America (Toronto, Vancouver), one in the Middle-East (Tel Aviv) and five in Europe (Dublin, Geneva, Madrid and Oslo).

Delhi-Denpasar               110,183

Delhi-Jakarta                     64,102

Singapore-Solo                  63,896

Delhi-Manila                      63,606

Shanghai PVG-Penang     58,184

Bangkok-Surabaya            56,700

Jakarta-Hanoi                    49,194

Seoul-Penang                     46,454

Tokyo HND-Phuket          45,560

Seoul-Surabaya                  35,440

Tokyo HND-Denpasar      34,954

Hong Kong-Semarang      32,990

Beijing-Penang                   30,851

Guangzhou-Surabaya       24,020

Tokyo HND-Chiang Mai  21,240