Megahubs : The 2017 World’s Most Internationally Connected Airport
Heathrow topped the rankings in the ‘OAG Megahubs International Index 2017’ by a clear margin. On a single day in July, there were over 72,000 possible international connections between flights arriving at the airport and flights departing within a six-hour window.
Within this list, there are THREE airports in the region were spotted. Congratulations!
1. London Heathrow Airport
2. Frankfurt Airport
3. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
4. Chicago O'Hare International Airport
5. Toronto Pearson International Airport
6. Singapore Changi Airport
7. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta
8. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
9. Kuala Lumpur International Airport
10. Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris
Frankfurt and Amsterdam Schiphol were ranked second and third respectively, ensuring that the top three places are all leading European hub airports.
Chicago O’Hare and Toronto Pearson rounded out the top five. Twelve of the airports in the Top 50 are in the USA, with seven of these making it into the Top 25.
Istanbul Atatürk, ranked 15th, is second only to Frankfurt in the number of destinations served, with routes to 270 places worldwide.
On the same note, Singapore Changi is Asia Pacific’s highest ranked international mega hub with over 35,000 possible international connections on a single day in July, closely followed by Indonesia’s Soekarno–Hatta International. 16 airports in Asia Pacific appear in the Top 50, including China’s three biggest airports: Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Airport, home of AirAsia, came top of the rankings in a separate index of international low-cost connections (see chart below).
The next three ranked airports are Soekarno–Hatta, Singapore Changi and Delhi. All are located in South Asia and Southeast Asia, “demonstrating the success of low-cost carriers in meeting international travel needs in the region”, OAG said.
Note: Air travel intelligence company OAG is tasked to compile the international megahubs index ranks airports by calculating the total number of possible connections between inbound and outbound international flights within a six-hour window.
Source : The Moodie Davitt Report