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Heathrow loses top spot as world’s most connected airport

Chicago O’Hare has been named the world’s most connected airport, knocking London Heathrow out of the top spot after the UK’s busiest airport, which ranked number one in 2019, fell ranked 22nd in the latest Megahubs report released this week by aviation specialist OAG.

The report, last published in 2019, highlights how slower recovery patterns have affected global connectivity.

Rankings for 2022 were generated based on flight data between September 2021 and August 2022 from the top 100 airports for capacity as well as the top 100 airports for international capacity. This data was then used to calculate the total number of flight connections possible in a six-hour window on August 12, 2022, the busiest day for global aviation last year.

While Heathrow retained its top spot among European hubs, its global ranking dropped in 2022. According to the report, the airport maintained almost the same number of destinations it served in 2019, but the number of connections possible le busiest day dropped. by 40 percent due to a self-imposed passenger cap, which particularly affected high-frequency short-haul routes.

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Frankfurt Airport experienced similar declines, falling from the top 10 to 27th and 30th position, respectively.

US airports dominate the global rankings, taking 13 of the top 20 spots due to a strong domestic market. After Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport ranked second, followed by Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Denver. Los Angeles International and New York JF Kennedy International round out the world’s seven most connected airports, while Mexico City Juarez International Airport came in at 8th, up seven spots from 15th in 2019. and the highest ranked non-US hub. .

OAG chief analyst John Grant noted that the global market has yet to fully recover from the pandemic, and while the US is currently dominating “we could see Europe and other hubs global markets catch up over the next 12 months as the industry works towards a full recovery.”

Among European hub airports, Istanbul Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport follow Heathrow in the top 3, followed by Amsterdam, Madrid and Munich airports. Meanwhile, hubs Athens, Istanbul’s Sabiha Gocken and Barcelona have entered the top 10, having been ranked lower in 2019.

The most connected hub in Asia-Pacific is Indira Gandhi International Airport, followed by Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport. Hong Kong International Airport, previously the second most connected airport in Asia-Pacific, dropped out of the global top 50 and is therefore not ranked in the region.