The World's Most-connected Airports for 2018 Revealed

The World's Most-connected Airports for 2018 Revealed

Atlanta (US) might have the busiest airport and Asia might have the most in-demand flight routes, but when it comes to the world's best-connected megahubs, London's Heathrow Airport is the king.

On 2018's busiest day for global aviation, there were 66,000 possible international connections between flights arriving and departing at Heathrow within a six-hour window, a new report by UK-based air travel intelligence company OAG reveals.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport has moved up the rankings to second place, while third and fourth place go to European airports Frankfurt and Amsterdam.
Singapore Changi Airport -- voted best in the world six years in a row -- ranks highest in Asia (and eighth overall), but another Asian airport, Beijing, is the largest in the world in terms of scheduled airline capacity, or number of seats on flights.

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However, a comparative lack of international connections means that Beijing ranks just 32nd overall.
Toronto Airport is the second best-connected airport in North America, and ranks fifth overall.
LAX (No.6), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (No.7) and JFK (No. 16) are the other North American airports to make the top 20, while Mexico -- in 20th place -- is the highest-placed Latin American airport.
France's Charles de Gaulle (No. 9), Germany's Munich (No. 11), Istanbul's Ataturk (No.17) and Dubai International (No.18) are the other highly placed entries from Europe and the Middle East.

Strong in Southeast Asia

Other than South Korea's Incheon (No.15), the highest-ranking Asia Pacific airports are all in Southeast Asia: Jakarta (No.10), Kuala Lumpur (No.12), Hong Kong (No.13) and Bangkok (No.14).

OAG's Megahubs International Index 2018 pits the world's biggest and busiest airports against each other to discover which lead the way as both regional and global connecting points by comparing the number of scheduled connections to and from international flights with the number of destinations served from each airport.

The index also reveals the key airlines operating out of each of the megahubs, with many of the top 50 airports having one airline that operates 40% or more flights.

Heathrow's domination is unlikely to be unchallenged anytime soon.
With already a strong lead over the competition, in June 2018 British lawmakers made the controversial decision to greenlight the construction of a third runway, which could increase Heathrow's passenger capacity from nearly 80 million passengers per year to 110 million by 2030.

  1. Heathrow Airport (LHR): Connectivity index: 333. Dominant carrier: British Airways (52% share).
  2. Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD): Connectivity index: 306. Dominant carrier: United Airlines (48% share).
  3. Frankfurt Airport (FRA): Connectivity index: 302. Dominant carrier: Lufthansa (63% share).
  4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS): Connectivity index: 286. Dominant carrier: KLM (51% share).
  5. Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ): Connectivity index: 271. Dominant carrier: Air Canada (60% share).
  6. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): Connectivity index: 257. Dominant carrier: American Airlines (21% share).
  7. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): Connectivity index: 256. Dominant carrier: Delta Airlines (79% share).
  8. Singapore Changi Airport (SIN): Connectivity index: 253. Dominant carrier: Singapore Airlines (23% share).
  9. Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG): Connectivity index: 250. Dominant carrier: Air France (51% share).
  10. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK): Connectivity index: 249. Dominant carrier: Garuda Indonesia (28% share).
  11. Munich Airport (MUC): Connectivity index: 237. Dominant carrier: Lufthansa (59% share).
  12. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL): Connectivity index: 233. Dominant carrier: AirAsia (40% share).
  13. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG): Connectivity index: 230. Dominant carrier: Cathay Pacific Airways (26% share).
  14. Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok) (BKK): Connectivity index: 230. Dominant carrier: Thai Airways International (21% share).
  15. Incheon International Airport (ICN): Connectivity index: 216. Dominant carrier: Korean Air (21% share).

Source : OAG Megahubs Index 2018 | CNN

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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