The World’s Top 5 Most Competitive Airline Routes

Whereas in the past, Simple Flying published articles on the busiest air routes in the world, both domestically and internationally, today we will see the five most competitive routes.

Competitive routes are very different from routes in which one airline has a monopoly on flights between certain airports. When an airline offers the only way to fly from A to B, they can charge the same amount the market allows for tickets.

There are many factors that determine the price of a ticket

The ticket price can be in favor of the customer on routes where more than one airline competes. Of course, the number of airlines operating on a particular route also has a lot to do with passenger demand. The presence or absence of competition is not the only thing that drives fares, the time of day also contributes to the ticket price. If you are going on a flight that arrives at your destination in time for a business meeting, you are expected to pay much more for the ticket than for your flight arriving around midnight. Business and leisure destinations also vary greatly, with business location tickets being much more expensive than holiday destination tickets.

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The time of year also determines the price of the ticket, as hostage takers can attest on school holidays. Season also affects how much airlines can charge for tickets. During the summer, if you are looking to travel from Northern Europe to the Mediterranean, you can expect to pay much more than the same trip would cost you in the winter. Another example would be North America, where flights rise from the northern states and Canada to Florida and the Caribbean during the winter.

The Middle East region now has the most competitive flights

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic and international flights in Asia were the most competitive, but that has changed. In 2022, flights between Middle Eastern cities in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates become the most competitive.

The flight between Cairo and Jeddah is not only the world’s busiest but also the most competitive. Photo: GCmaps

number one

In its latest report, OAG, the global travel data provider for the airline industry, stated that Cairo International Airport (CAI) leading to King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) is among the world’s ten most competitive routes, not only the world’s busiest, But it also has the most competition. While Saudia, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia, has a 53.8% share of traffic, it competes with eight other airlines. Between the Egyptian capital and the Red Sea city of Jeddah, there are 36 daily flights.

number two

Vietjet has the largest number of flights between DAD and ICN. Photo: Vietjet

In second place for the world’s most competitive flights, we have to look at Asia, where flights between Da Nang International Airport (DAD) in Vietnam and Incheon International Airport (ICN) in South Korea have nine airlines vying for this route. Among the airlines, VietJet has the largest capacity at 28%.

number three

Seven other airlines are competing with EgyptAir on the CAI to RUH route. Photo: EgyptAir.

Coming in third are flights between Cairo International Airport (CAI) and King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh, with 25 flights per day operated by eight different airlines including EgyptAir.

number four

ICN has two of the most competitive routes in the world. Image: Getty Images

In fourth place are flights between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in Thailand and Incheon International Airport (ICN) in South Korea. On the road, eight airlines compete an average of eight flights a day.

number five

Turkey is a popular holiday destination for Russians. Photo: Getty Images.

In fifth place are flights between Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) and the Turkish Mediterranean resort served by Antalya Airport (ATY). In recent years, the Turkish Riviera has grown in popularity with Russians, and thanks to the weakening of the Turkish lira, it has become an inexpensive vacation destination. Recently, since Turkey does not require Russians for a visa, many young Russians have traveled there to avoid the military mobilization of special operations in Ukraine. When holiday charter airlines step in.