World’s Busiest International Passenger Routes Revealed

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As 275 airlines gather in Barcelona over the coming days for World Routes 2017, including the world’s top ten carriers by capacity, Routesonline can reveal the 20 busiest non-stop international passenger routes on earth.

With an average of 80 flights per day – that’s one every 18 minutes – Hong Kong (HKG) – Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) was the busiest during July 2017, the research has found.

A total of 451,801 passengers travelled the 802km between the densely-populated autonomous territory of Hong Kong and Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The July total was 4.6 percent higher than June and 129,313 more passengers than the second busiest international route on earth, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) – Singapore Changi (SIN).

Cathay Pacific Airways had the most capacity on the route with 309,439 available seats, followed by China Airlines with 182,986. Other operators to fly HKG-TPE are EVA Airways, Hong Kong Airlines and Cathay Dragon.

As with the busiest overall routes in the world, services in the Asia Pacific region dominated the rankings with the entire top ten taken up by routes in Asia, and just two from outside the region making the top 20. Perhaps surprisingly, neither of these routes were in North or South America.

At 12 was Moscow Domodedovo (DME) – Simferopol (SIP), linking Russia’s capital city with Crimea, while at 16th was the leisure route of Duesseldorf (DUS) – Palma de Mallorca (PMI), linking German’s seventh most populous city with the holiday island of Mallorca.

The busiest international routes were calculated by using OAG to find the top 100 routes in the world by capacity in July 2017 and then ranking them by passenger statistics on Sabre.

The most expensive route in the top 20 was Hong Kong (HKG) – Beijing Capital (PEK) – operated by Cathay Dragon, Air China, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines – with an average base fare of $333.08. The cheapest was Palma de Mallorca (PMI) – Duesseldorf (DUS), operated by a string of low-cost carrers including NIKI, Eurowings and Germania.

The data:

July 2017June 2017
RankRouteAvailable capacityPassengersBase fare ($)PassengersBase fare ($)Distance (km)
1Hong Kong (HKG) – Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE)70189245180194.2543212892.57802
2Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) – Singapore Changi (SIN)482226322488127.85295880123.09896
3Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Singapore Changi (SIN)46875626939577.9724193174.78296
4Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Osaka Kansai (KIX)328374233920109.96211902131.87872
5Hong Kong (HKG) – Shanghai Pudong (PVG)405424225888220.07233561200.51247
6Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) – Osaka Kansai (KIX)269647200131208.60198981194.51714
7Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Hong Kong (HKG)372471197935160.04200385166.082080
8Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) – Hong Kong (HKG)405956197313162.25191738140.891694
9Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) – Tokyo Narita (NRT)251584197175238.74183917253.92193
10Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK)31229619598862.9316651564.781142
11Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore Changi (SIN)356207187128242.15171961241.442587
12Moscow Domodedovo (DME) – Simferopol (SIP)28436218623986.1719445981.031188
13Singapore Changi (SIN) – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK)310201173660133.06181337142.171431
14Hong Kong (HKG) – Beijing Capital (PEK)306205169666333.08176880344.822011
15Seoul Gimpo (GMP) – Tokyo Intl (Haneda)191994166402234.23164768239.391194
16Palma de Mallorca (PMI) – Duesseldorf (DUS)19191916575844.9515706348.451362
17Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK)240393163274251.15150651243.73681
18Osaka Kansai International (KIX) – Hong Kong (HKG)255378163154247.89145716242.622484
19Hong Kong (HKG) – Manila Ninoy Aquino (MNL)30733516264793.14143990101.981145
20Manila Ninoy Aquino (MNL) – Singapore Changi (SIN)23



NHS Care Pathway to Improve Treatment of Pilots and Crew

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The British Airline Pilots’ Association has worked with clinical toxicologists at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Civil Aviation Authority, easyJet and academia to create a care pathway for patients presenting with possible cabin air-related symptoms, which can include itching or soreness of the eyes, nasal discharge, sore throat or coughing.

In recent years, concerns have been raised about possible long-term adverse health effects of exposure to contaminants in cabin air.

BALPA says it’s important to have a clear pathway in place. As the problem is complex, some cases may require medical specialists to assess them correctly.

BALPA Head of Flight Safety, Dr Rob Hunter, said:

“Care pathways are approved by authoritative medical bodies and represent the best use of NHS resources.

“Although the vast majority of fume events do not lead to crew and passengers requiring treatment, we want to ensure the proper processes are put in place for those who do.

“Working with our partners we feel this new pathway will enable doctors to take the appropriate steps to ensure the affected person gets the best treatment.

“We believe until now, there has been a lot of confusing information and pilots have been unsure as to who they should see if they have persisting symptoms.

“BALPA hopes that the work we’ve done in this area will give pilots a clearer understanding of who is best to treat them.

“We also hope that use of the pathway will facilitate further research, which would be led by the centre of excellence at the Clinical Toxicology Unit of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, in understanding the possible health effects of contaminated cabin air.


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HKIA Holds Multi-Scenario Field Exercise for Emergency Incidents

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Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) arranged a multi-scenario field exercise at the non-restricted area of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) during morning of May 19, giving various related parties the opportunity to review and refresh their contingency measures in case of an emergency incident at the airport.

The first scenario simulated a suspect who was noticed loitering and acting suspiciously at the Meeters & Greeters Hall in Terminal 1, near the ticketing counters of the Airport Express (AEL). MTR Corporation (MTR) staff reported the situation to the AA, which accordingly contacted Police and Aviation Security Company Limited (AVSECO). Following emergency response procedures, police subdued the suspect while passengers were directed to safe areas.

In another scenario testing emergency response measures to a fire and hostage situation in the AEL area, a simulated suspect ran to the AEL platform after loitering at the Meeters & Greeters Hall. He then boarded a train and set fire with a bottle of inflammable liquid on his hand, before returning to the platform with a hostage held at knifepoint. As part of the scenario, the suspect then pushed the hostage away and brandished his knife at other passengers on the platform. The MTR responded by guiding members of the public to safe areas. Police arrived upon the scene immediately and subdued the suspect at the AEL platform, while FSD extinguished the fire and medical teams attended to the injured. The exercise included simulated injuries to more than 10 passengers, who were diverted to the Assembly Point for medical treatment.

The exercise was jointly organised by the AA with the Airport Security Unit of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKP), Fire Services Department (FSD), MTR, AVSECO and other related medical teams – aiming to test relevant response procedures and plans in the event of an emergency situation, as well as to strengthen communications between parties and verify the readiness of equipment and facilities.

Each year HKIA conducts more than 100 drills, exercises and training seminars covering a number of operational disruption and emergency response scenarios, including severe weather, system failure, equipment malfunctions, public health incidents and security issues. Participants in this field exercise included the following organisations: (in alphabetical order)

• Aviation Security Company Limited
• Civil Aid Service
• Fire Services Department
• Hong Kong Police Force
• Port Health Office
• Raffles Medical Group


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Smart Business Travelers Need Air Ambulance Service Coverage

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Do you travel always away from home due to your job requirements? Business travel has increased dramatically over the past few decades. More and more, people are sent many miles away from home to perform business duties. In many cases, travelers are even sent out of their home country on business.

The good business traveler comes prepared for the trip with all of the appropriate luggage, business files, and a laptop, but often something is missing. You may think you leave home fully prepared for the trip, but in reality, you’re vulnerable. The business traveler may not be prepared for a medical emergency during the trip. Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere. Just for this reason, people who travel away from home on frequent business trips should be prepared for such an emergency.

Although no one ever wants to use air ambulance services, it is possible the need may arise. The cost of a trip in an air ambulance can be extremely expensive. Fees can range from $10,000 to $75,000 per trip.

Business travelers really should consider purchasing air ambulance service coverage for those times when they are away from home. Not all air ambulance service coverage providers offer equal coverage. Carefully read the the policy with caution. It is important to know when air ambulance service is covered, when it is available, and at what charge to you.

Do your best to select a plan that will allow you to be transported by a medical staffed air ambulance under any health condition. Be certain that you are able to determine the destination. It won’t be helpful to be dropped off at some suspicious hospital along the route that is still miles from home. Its important that you be transported to the hospital of your choice, especially if you are concerned about being near family or at a hospital in your health insurance network.

Locating an air ambulance service coverage Plan that has no conditions about pre-existing health conditions is very important. As you read the details of the coverage plan, try to look for any loopholes that exclude coverage. If too many exclusions apply, look elsewhere for reputable coverage.

Companies can supply air ambulance service coverage for business travelers at a reduced rate to the employees or as part of a benefits package. Speak to your employer today to find out if this option is available for you. If coverage is not available through your employer, it is wise to search for this coverage on your own to protect yourself, your family, and your finances.

The next time you travel away from home, don’t just grab your files and your computer. Bring with you confidence and peace of mind that you are covered in an emergency. Should you need to be transported by an air ambulance while away on business, you will know that you can protect your wallet with service coverage. When an emergency arises, you can quickly be transferred to a hospital near home and family without incurring the costly expense.

US Authorities Ban Passengers Flying from Queen Alia Airport to the US from Carrying Electrical Devices

Queen Alia International Airport

The US authorities issued new rules that ban passengers on flights to the US from carrying electronic and electrical devices in the aircraft cabin, but have them in their checked baggage.

The decision of the US authorities included the flights from Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport to the US, besides the departing flights from nine other airports in the Middle East, the Arab Gulf and North Africa.

RJ will implement these instructions as of March 24, 2017. By taking these measures, it spares passengers the hassle of having to go through legal procedures in the US. RJ passengers departing from Queen Alia International Airport to the United States are not allowed to carry any electronic or electrical devices on board the aircraft cabin. Prohibited devices, which include -but not limited to- laptops, iPads, tablets and cameras, can be transported in the checked baggage only, whereas cellular phones and needed medical devices are excluded from the ban.

The RJ stations in the US include: New York, Chicago and Detroit, in addition to Montreal, as it is served by a combined flight with Detroit.

The ban excludes passengers flying from these stations to Amman.

RJ calls upon its passengers traveling to the United States to abide by these instructions to facilitate their travel. They are also requested to inform airport check-in staff of any prohibited devices- which are still in their possession- in order to be put in their checked baggage.


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