The Reading / Listening - Air Routes - Level 3

A new report by the air-travel intelligence company OAG says Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is the world's busiest international air route. From March 2017 to the end of February 2018, exactly 30,537 flights flew between Singapore and KL. There was an average of 84 flights every day - that's one flight every 17 minutes or so. The route is covered by Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and a host of budget airlines. The flight time between Singapore and KL is just under an hour. Asia has the top seven busiest international air routes, with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Osaka seeing the busiest traffic. New York LaGuardia to Toronto, and Dubai to Kuwait were the busiest non-Asian routes.



OAG provided more statistics on how busy the skies were in the year to February 2018. The busiest route if you count the number of passengers was Hong Kong to Taipei. More than 6.5 million passengers flew between these two cities. Singapore-Jakarta was second, with 4.7 million; followed by Singapore-KL, with just over 4 million passengers. OAG also reported on the busiest domestic routes. The world's busiest domestic air route is between Seoul and the South Korean island of Jeju. In 2017, 65,000 flights covered the route, with almost 180 flights per day - one every seven-and-a-half minutes. The only long-haul route in the top-20 list is New York JFK to London Heathrow, which has around 38 daily flights.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Air Routes - Level 0 Air Routes - Level 1   or  Air Routes - Level 2

Sources
    businesstoday.in/sectors/aviation/this-is-the-world-busiest-international-flight-route/story/276251.html
  • https://sg.news.yahoo.com/worlds-busiest-international-airline-routes-141329888.html
  • https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/05/kl-to-singapore-is-the-busiest-airline-route-in-the-world/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. AIR ROUTES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about air routes. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       report / air travel / intelligence / international / budget / flight / traffic / Singapore /
       Dubai / statistics / passengers / domestic / Hong Kong / million / London / daily
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. TRANSPORT: Students A strongly believe air travel is the best form of transport; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CITIES: What do you know and what do you want to know about these cities? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I know

What I want to know

Singapore

 

 

Kuala Lumpur

 

 

Seoul

 

 

Osaka

 

 

Dubai

 

 

London

 

 

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5. AIR: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "air". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. AIR TRAVEL: Rank these with your partner. Put the best thing about air travel at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • landing
  • airplane food
  • air miles
  • upgrades
  • airports
  • taking off
  • in-flight entertainment
  • airplanes

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. intelligence a. A journey taken by an airplane, helicopter, space rocket, etc.
      2. exactly b. Inexpensive; cheap.
      3. flew c. The movement of cars, buses, trucks, etc. on roads, and airplanes in the sky.
      4. average d. The collection of information.
      5. flight e. The past tense of the verb "fly".
      6. budget f. Most common.
      7. traffic g. Not more of less.

    Paragraph 2

      8. statistics h. Worked in, had responsibility for, or provide services to a particular area.
      9. passengers i. A piece of land surrounded by water.
      10. domestic j. Numbers that are examined and used to tell us things.
      11. island k. A long way by airplane.
      12. covered l. Travelers on a bus, plane, ship, or in a taxi, etc., other than the driver, pilot, or crew.
      13. long-haul m. Every day.
      14. daily n. Existing or happening inside a particular country; not foreign or international.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A passenger satisfaction company wrote a report about air routes.     T / F
  2. There were over 30,000 flights between Singapore and KL in a year.     T / F
  3. No budget airlines fly between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.     T / F
  4. The busiest non-Asian route was London to Paris.     T / F
  5. The busiest route by passenger numbers was Hong-Kong-Taipei.     T / F
  6. About 4.7 million people flew between Singapore and Jakarta in a year.   T / F
  7. The world's busiest domestic route was New York - Los Angeles.     T / F
  8. About 38 flights a day go between London and New York.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. report
  2. international
  3. exactly
  4. budget
  5. seeing
  6. statistics
  7. passengers
  8. just
  9. domestic
  10. only
  1. inexpensive
  2. figures
  3. sole
  4. precisely
  5. slightly
  6. global
  7. national
  8. travellers
  9. study
  10. experiencing

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. new report by the air-travel intelligence
  2. exactly
  3. flight
  4. Seoul and Osaka
  5. the busiest non-
  6. statistics on how busy
  7. if you count the number
  8. the busiest domestic
  9. 65,000 flights
  10. The only long-
  1. seeing the busiest traffic
  2. of passengers
  3. haul route
  4. Asian routes
  5. the skies were
  6. routes
  7. time
  8. covered the route
  9. company
  10. 30,537 flights

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
end
under
report
routes
covered
traffic
flew
budget

A new (1) ____________ by the air-travel intelligence company OAG says Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is the world's busiest international air route. From March 2017 to the (2) ____________ of February 2018, exactly 30,537 flights (3) ____________ between Singapore and KL. There was an average of 84 flights every day - that's one flight every 17 minutes or so. The route is (4) ____________ by Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and a host of (5) ____________ airlines. The flight time between Singapore and KL is just (6) ____________ an hour. Asia has the top seven busiest international air routes, with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Osaka seeing the busiest (7) ____________. New York LaGuardia to Toronto, and Dubai to Kuwait were the busiest non-Asian (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
flew
domestic
long
count
daily
statistics
just
island

OAG provided more (9) ____________ on how busy the skies were in the year to February 2018. The busiest route if you (10) ____________ the number of passengers was Hong Kong to Taipei. More than 6.5 million passengers (11) ____________ between these two cities. Singapore-Jakarta was second, with 4.7 million; followed by Singapore-KL, with (12) ____________ over 4 million passengers. OAG also reported on the busiest domestic routes. The world's busiest (13) ____________ air route is between Seoul and the South Korean (14) ____________ of Jeju. In 2017, 65,000 flights covered the route, with almost 180 flights per day - one every seven-and-a-half minutes. The only (15) ____________ -haul route in the top-20 list is New York JFK to London Heathrow, which has around 38 (16) ____________ flights.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A new report by the air-travel ______ OAG
     a.  intelligent company
     b.  intelligentsia company
     c.  intelligence company
     d.  intelligences company
2)  From March 2017 to the end of February 2018, exactly 30,537 ______
     a.  flights glue
     b.  flights grew
     c.  flights flew
     d.  flights flu
3)  There was an average of 84 flights every day - that's one flight every 17 ______
     a.  minutes or soon
     b.  minutes as so
     c.  minutes or so
     d.  minutes and so
4)  The flight time between Singapore and KL is ______ hour
     a.  just under an
     b.  just under a
     c.  just under at
     d.  just under eight
5)  New York LaGuardia to Toronto, and Dubai to Kuwait were the ______ routes
     a.  busiest not-Asian
     b.  busiest none-Asian
     c.  busiest no-Asian
     d.  busiest non-Asian

6)  OAG provided more statistics on how busy ______
     a.  the spies were
     b.  the skies were
     c.  the shies were
     d.  the sties were
7)  Singapore-Jakarta was second, with 4.7 million; ______ Singapore-KL
     a.  followed buy
     b.  followed bye
     c.  followed bay
     d.  followed by
8)  The world's busiest domestic air route is between Seoul and the South Korean ______
     a.  inland of Jeju
     b.  Iceland of Jeju
     c.  Ireland of Jeju
     d.  island of Jeju
9)  In 2017, 65,000 flights covered the route, with almost 180 ______
     a.  flights par day
     b.  flights per day
     c.  flights pore day
     d.  flights pure day
10)  ...in the top-20 list is New York JFK to London Heathrow, which has ______ flights
     a.  around 38 dailies
     b.  around 38 dally
     c.  around 38 daisy
     d.  around 38 daily

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ the air-travel intelligence company OAG says Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is the world's busiest international air route. From March 2017 to (2) ___________________ February 2018, exactly 30,537 (3) ___________________ Singapore and KL. There was an average of 84 flights every day - that's one flight every 17 minutes or so. The route is covered by Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and a (4) ___________________ airlines. The flight time between Singapore and KL is just under an hour. Asia has (5) ___________________ busiest international air routes, with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Osaka seeing the busiest traffic. New York LaGuardia to Toronto, and Dubai to Kuwait were the (6) ___________________ routes.

OAG provided more (7) ___________________ busy the skies were in the year to February 2018. The busiest route if you (8) ___________________ of passengers was Hong Kong to Taipei. More than 6.5 million passengers flew between (9) ___________________. Singapore-Jakarta was second, with 4.7 million; followed by Singapore-KL, with just over 4 million passengers. OAG also reported on the (10) ___________________. The world's busiest domestic air route is between Seoul and the South Korean island of Jeju. In 2017, 65,000 flights (11) ___________________, with almost 180 flights per day - one every seven-and-a-half minutes. The only long-haul route in the top-20 list is New York JFK to London Heathrow, which has around (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of intelligence company is OAG?
  2. How many flights went between KL and Singapore in a year?
  3. What was there a whole host of flying between KL and Singapore?
  4. How many of the top ten busiest routes are in Asia?
  5. What was the Dubai route mentioned in the article?
  6. What was the busiest route by passenger numbers?
  7. How many passengers flew between Singapore and KL?
  8. What is the world's busiest domestic route?
  9. How often do flights fly between Seoul and Jeju?
  10. How many flights are there between New York and London?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of intelligence company is OAG?
a) air miles
b) passenger
c) air-travel
d) aviation
2) How many flights went between KL and Singapore in a year?
a) 30,537
b) 33,537
c) 30,557
d) 30,237
3) What was there a whole host of flying between KL and Singapore?
a) budget airlines
b) passengers
c) drones
d) helicopters
4) How many of the top ten busiest routes are in Asia?
a) 6
b) 7
c) 5
d) 8
5) What was the Dubai route mentioned in the article?
a) Dubai-Delhi
b) Dubai-Doha
c) Dubai-Bahrain
d) Dubai-Kuwait

6) What was the busiest route by passenger numbers?
a) Singapore-Seoul
b) Hong Kong to Taipei
c) Hong Kong to Jakarta
d) Taipei-Singapore
7) How many passengers flew between Singapore and KL?
a) just over 4 million
b) just under 4 million
c) exactly 4 million
d) about 4 million
8) What is the world's busiest domestic route?
a) New York-Boston
b) London-Manchester
c) Seoul-Jeju
d) Shanghai-Beijing
9) How often do flights fly between Seoul and Jeju?
a) every hour
b) every 32 minutes
c) every 10 minutes
d) every 7 1/2 minutes
10) How many flights are there between New York and London?
a) 38
b) 36
c) 39
d) 37

Role play

Role  A – Airports
You think airports are the best things about air travel. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these (and why): airplanes, airplane food or upgrades.

Role  B – Airplanes
You think airplanes are best thing about air travel. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these (and why): airports, airplane food or upgrades.

Role  C – Airplane Food
You think airplane food is best things about air travel. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these (and why): airplanes, airports or upgrades.

Role  D – Upgrades
You think upgrades are best things about air travel. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least attractive of these (and why):  airplanes, airplane food or airports.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'air'

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  • and 'route'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • statistics
    • count
    • 6.5
    • domestic
    • island
    • long
    • new
    • exactly
    • 84
    • time
    • seven
    • non




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Singapore-Kuala Lumpur world's busiest air route

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'air'?
    3. What do you think of air travel?
    4. What problems do busy air routes cause?
    5. What are the good and bad things about airplanes?
    6. How safe is air travel?
    7. Why are routes in Asia the busiest?
    8. What is the best form of transport?
    9. What do you think of budget airlines?
    10. What do you think of your national airline?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'route'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What would the most dangerous air route be?
    5. How can airlines cut the pollution they create?
    6. What is the best airline in the world?
    7. Do you prefer domestic or international flights?
    8. Where would you like to fly to?
    9. What will air travel be like in the future?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a pilot?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A new report (1) ____ the air-travel intelligence company OAG says Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is the world's busiest international air route. From March 2017 to the (2) ____ of February 2018, exactly 30,537 flights (3) ____ between Singapore and KL. There was an average of 84 flights every day - that's one flight every 17 minutes or so. The route is covered (4) ____ Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and a host of budget airlines. The flight time between Singapore and KL is just (5) ____ an hour. Asia has the top seven busiest international air routes, with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Osaka seeing the busiest traffic. New York LaGuardia to Toronto, and Dubai to Kuwait were the busiest (6) ____-Asian routes.

    OAG provided more (7) ____ on how busy the skies were in the year to February 2018. The busiest route if you count the (8) ____ of passengers was Hong Kong to Taipei. More than 6.5 million passengers flew between these two cities. Singapore-Jakarta was second, with 4.7 million; (9) ____ by Singapore-KL, with just over 4 million passengers. OAG also reported on the busiest domestic routes. The world's busiest (10) ____ air route is between Seoul and the South Korean island of Jeju. In 2017, 65,000 flights covered the route, with almost 180 flights (11) ____ day - one every seven-and-a-half minutes. The only long-haul route in the top-20 (12) ____ is New York JFK to London Heathrow, which has around 38 daily flights.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     to     (b)     as     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    2. (a)     ending     (b)     ended     (c)     ends     (d)     end    
    3. (a)     flight     (b)     flew     (c)     flies     (d)     flown    
    4. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     by     (d)     to    
    5. (a)     underling     (b)     underneath     (c)     under     (d)     less    
    6. (a)     non     (b)     not     (c)     no     (d)     none    
    7. (a)     statistically     (b)     statistics     (c)     statisticians     (d)     statistician    
    8. (a)     number     (b)     numeral     (c)     numerical     (d)     numbering    
    9. (a)     follows     (b)     followed     (c)     follower     (d)     following    
    10. (a)     domestically     (b)     domesticate     (c)     domestic     (d)     domesticate    
    11. (a)     for     (b)     far     (c)     per     (d)     her    
    12. (a)     cyst     (b)     gist     (c)     mist     (d)     list

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. the air-travel etenlcgenili company
    2. xeaclty 30,537
    3. there was an aareveg of 84
    4. that's one ltfghi every 17 minutes
    5. a host of gtuedb airlines
    6. the eisusbt traffic

    Paragraph 2

    1. sttisiscat on how busy the skies were
    2. the number of aenrsspesg
    3. ooldlfew by Singapore-KL
    4. the busiest tmoidsce routes
    5. 65,000 flights doverce the route
    6. The only ogln-halu route

    Put the text back together

    (...)  and Dubai to Kuwait were the busiest non-Asian routes.
    (...)  day - one every seven-and-a-half minutes. The only long-haul route in the top-
    (...)  flew between these two cities. Singapore-Jakarta was second, with 4.7 million; followed by Singapore-KL, with just over
    (...)  20 list is New York JFK to London Heathrow, which has around 38 daily flights.
    (...)  OAG provided more statistics on how busy the skies were in the year to February
    (...)  busiest international air route. From March 2017 to the end of February 2018, exactly 30,537 flights flew between
    (...)  routes, with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Osaka seeing the busiest traffic. New York LaGuardia to Toronto,
    1  ) A new report by the air-travel intelligence company OAG says Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is the world's
    (...)  2018. The busiest route if you count the number of passengers was Hong Kong to Taipei. More than 6.5 million passengers
    (...)  time between Singapore and KL is just under an hour. Asia has the top seven busiest international air
    (...)  4 million passengers. OAG also reported on the busiest domestic routes. The world's busiest domestic
    (...)  Singapore and KL. There was an average of 84 flights every day - that's one flight every 17 minutes or
    (...)  air route is between Seoul and the South Korean island of Jeju. In 2017, 65,000 flights covered the route, with almost 180 flights per
    (...)  so. The route is covered by Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and a host of budget airlines. The flight

    Put the words in the right order

    1. report   A   company   .   new   air   by   the   travel
    2. flights   30,537   between   Singapore   .   Exactly   flew
    3. 84   every   average   day   .   flights   An   of
    4. flight   every   minutes   so   .   or   That's   one   17
    5. busiest   The   top   seven   routes   .   air   international
    6. More   the   were   .   busy   statistics   how   skies   on
    7. you   The   if   busiest   route   count   the   passengers   .
    8. flew   cities   .   between   these   passengers   6.5 million   Over
    9. The   world's   is   busiest   Seoul-Jeju   .   air   domestic   route
    10. long-haul   in   only   top-20   the   The   route   list   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A new report by / buy the air-travel intelligence company OAG says Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is the world's busiest / bustle international air route. From March 2017 to the ends / end of February 2018, exactly 30,537 flights flew between Singapore and KL. There was a/ an average of 84 flights every day - that's one flight every 17 minutes or such / so. The route is covered / recovered by Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and a heist / host of budget airlines. The flight time between Singapore and KL is just under an hour. Asia has the top / tap seven busiest international air routes, with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Osaka seen / seeing the busiest traffic. New York LaGuardia to Toronto, and Dubai to Kuwait were the busiest non-Asian routes / roots.

    OAG provided more statistics on how / what busy the skies were in the year to February 2018. The busiest route if you discount / count the number of passengers was Hong Kong to Taipei. More than 6.5 million passengers flown / flew between these two cities. Singapore-Jakarta was secondly / second, with 4.7 million; followed by Singapore-KL, with just over 4 million passengers. OAG also reported in / on the busiest domestic routes. The world's busiest domestic air route is among / between Seoul and the South Korean island / Iceland of Jeju. In 2017, 65,000 flights discovered / covered the route, with almost 180 flights per day - one every seven-and-a-half minutes. The only long-haul / long-heel route in the top-20 list is New York JFK to London Heathrow, which has around 38 daily / dally flights.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    O A G   p r_v_d_d   m_r_  s t_t_s t_c s  _n   h_w   b_s y   t h_  s k__ s   w_r_ _n   t h_  y__ r   t_  F_b r__ r y   2 0 1 8 .   T h_  b_s__ s t   r__ t_ _f   y__   c__ n t   t h_  n_m b_r  _f   p_s s_n g_r s   w_s   H_n g   K_n g   t_  T__ p__ .   M_r_  t h_n   6 . 5   m_l l__ n   p_s s_n g_r s   f l_w   b_t w__ n   t h_s_  t w_  c_t__ s .   S_n g_p_r_- J_k_r t_  w_s   s_c_n d ,   w_t h   4 . 7   m_l l__ n ;   f_l l_w_d   b y   S_n g_p_r_- K L ,   w_t h   j_s t  _v_r   4   m_l l__ n   p_s s_n g_r s .   O A G  _l s_  r_p_r t_d  _n   t h_  b_s__ s t   d_m_s t_c   r__ t_s .   T h_  w_r l d ' s   b_s__ s t   d_m_s t_c  __ r   r__ t_ _s   b_t w__ n   S___l  _n d   t h_  S__ t h   K_r__ n  _s l_n d  _f   J_j_.   I n   2 0 1 7 ,   6 5 , 0 0 0   f l_g h t s   c_v_r_d   t h_  r__ t_,   w_t h  _l m_s t   1 8 0   f l_g h t s   p_r   d_y   -  _n_ _v_r y   s_v_n -_n d -_- h_l f   m_n_t_s .   T h_ _n l y   l_n g - h__ l   r__ t_ _n   t h_  t_p - 2 0   l_s t  _s   N_w   Y_r k   J F K   t_  L_n d_n   H__ t h r_w ,   w h_c h   h_s  _r__ n d   3 8   d__ l y   f l_g h t s .

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a new report by the airtravel intelligence company oag says singapore to kuala lumpur is the worlds busiest international air route from march 2017 to the end of february 2018 exactly 30537 flights flew between singapore and kl there was an average of 84 flights every day  thats one flight every 17 minutes or so the route is covered by singapore airlines malaysia airlines and a host of budget airlines the flight time between singapore and kl is just under an hour asia has the top seven busiest international air routes with singapore kuala lumpur seoul and osaka seeing the busiest traffic new york laguardia to toronto and dubai to kuwait were the busiest nonasian routes

    oag provided more statistics on how busy the skies were in the year to february 2018 the busiest route if you count the number of passengers was hong kong to taipei more than 65 million passengers flew between these two cities singaporejakarta was second with 47 million followed by singaporekl with just over 4 million passengers oag also reported on the busiest domestic routes the worlds busiest domestic air route is between seoul and the south korean island of jeju in 2017 65000 flights covered the route with almost 180 flights per day  one every sevenandahalf minutes the only longhaul route in the top20 list is new york jfk to london heathrow which has around 38 daily flights

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Anewreportbytheair-travelintelligencecompanyOAGsaysSingapor
    etoKualaLumpuristheworld'sbusiestinternationalairroute.FromMarc
    h2017totheendofFebruary2018,exactly30,537flightsflewbetweenSi
    ngaporeandKL.Therewasanaverageof84flightseveryday-that'sonefl
    ightevery17minutesorso.TherouteiscoveredbySingaporeAirlines,M
    alaysiaAirlinesandahostofbudgetairlines.TheflighttimebetweenSing
    aporeandKLisjustunderanhour.Asiahasthetopsevenbusiestinternati
    onalairroutes,withSingapore,KualaLumpur,SeoulandOsakaseeingt
    hebusiesttraffic.NewYorkLaGuardiatoToronto,andDubaitoKuwaitwe
    rethebusiestnon-Asianroutes.OAGprovidedmorestatisticsonhowb
    usytheskieswereintheyeartoFebruary2018.Thebusiestrouteifyouco
    untthenumberofpassengerswasHongKongtoTaipei.Morethan6.5mill
    ionpassengersflewbetweenthesetwocities.Singapore-Jakartawass
    econd,with4.7million;followedbySingapore-KL,withjustover4mill
    ionpassengers.OAGalsoreportedonthebusiestdomesticroutes.Thew
    orld'sbusiestdomesticairrouteisbetweenSeoulandtheSouthKoreanis
    landofJeju.In2017,65,000flightscoveredtheroute,withalmost180fli
    ghtsperday-oneeveryseven-and-a-halfminutes.Theonlylong-haulr
    outeinthetop-20listisNewYorkJFKtoLondonHeathrow,whichhasar
    ound38dailyflights.

    Free writing

    Write about air routes for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The best way to travel is by air. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. AIR ROUTES: Make a poster about air routes. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. AIR TRAVEL: Write a magazine article about reducing the number of flights air travel. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on air travel. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make it better. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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