Singapore Airlines’ top-20 connecting routes; Hong Kong – Jakarta #1
Almost 13 million connected in Singapore with Singapore Airlines and subsidiary SilkAir (hereafter just Singapore Airlines) in the year to September 2019. The top-five inter-regional markets were:
- Southeast Asia – Europe (est. 963,000)
- Southeast Asia – Northeast Asia (945,000)
- Southeast Asia – Australasia (900,000)
- South Asia – Australasia (866,000)
- Europe – Australasia (811,000)
These five had around 35% of the airline’s total connecting passengers.
Hong Kong – Jakarta #1 airport-pair
Australia, India, and Indonesia are of crucial importance to Singapore Airlines. They account for around 5.7 million of the 13 million. Their significance is shown in the top-20 airport-pairs, with Australia featuring nine times, Indonesia ten and India four. The Kangaroo Route is alive and well, with London Heathrow – Australia taking most of the top-five spots. But it is Jakarta – Hong Kong that leads. Across all airlines, an estimated 605,000 flew between them. Of this, Singapore possesses a 13% share.
Australia – India #1 country-pair
Australia, India, and Indonesia stand out in country-pairs too. But especially Australia – which features 10 times in the top-20. This is from location, product, high frequency and number of cities served. Between Singapore and SilkAir, there are 21 daily services to seven Australian cities.
Australia – India is the largest country-pair, with six airport-pairs seeing more than 20,000 passengers, led by Delhi – Melbourne with 43,000. Singapore Airlines’ strength also benefits from few alternative hubs between the countries. This is compounded by Malaysia Airlines’ much smaller presence now to/from Australia
Across all airlines, Australia – India saw nearly 1.8 million passengers, with all but ~120,000 connecting. Singapore Airlines had a one-third share, followed by Malaysia Airlines with 18%, and Thai Airways with 9%. Cathay Pacific had 100,000 passengers and was number-four with 6%. However, despite the prevalence of London Heathrow – Australia at airport-pair level, Australia – India is 73% larger for the airline than number-two, Australia – UK.