London Heathrow returned as “World’s Most Connected Airport”

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London Heathrow Airport has finally regained it’s title of “World’s Most Connected Airport”.

In a release called “Megahubs 2023” by the world leading data platform for the global travel industry, OAG, the index provides a definitive ranking of the top 50 most internationally connected airport across the globe.

London Heathrow (LHR) has regained its position as the world’s most internationally connected airport. As you would expect, British Airways continues to be the most dominant airline at LHR, holding a presence of greater than 50% of flights.

In at number 2 is New York’s John F Kennedy, which is arguably expected, given the airport’s diverse amount of airlines and subsequent destinations list.

Making their debut in the Top 10, is the up and coming mega hub of Istanbul, which has seen significant growth in recent years following its opening in 2019.

As one would expect, Turkish Airlines holds the most market share in Istanbul, with 79% of all flights operated by the national carrier.

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Top 20 airports are well spread across the globe

According to OAG, the top 20 airports with the most international connectivity are well spread around the globe.

This can be broken down into 6 located in either Europe, The Middle East or Africa, 6 in North America and 7 in the Asia-Pacific region.

Commenting on the release of the Top 50 Megahubs, John Grant, Chief Analyst at OAG said, “OAG Megahubs demonstrates the enduring vitality of international connectivity. “

“From London Heathrow’s resurgence to the impressive ascent of Asian hubs like Kuala Lumpur, these findings underscore the resilience and adaptability of airports worldwide”.

Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5 complex viewed from control tower, February 2018

The Top 20 most internationally connected airports

Below are the top 20 most internationally connected airport worldwide, with all data collected sourced via OAG.

  1. London Heathrow
  2. New York John F Kennedy
  3. Amsterdam Schiphol
  4. Kuala Lumpur
  5. Tokyo Haneda
  6. Frankfurt Am Main
  7. Istanbul
  8. Seoul Incheon
  9. Paris Charles De Gaulle
  10. Chicago O’Hare
  11. Bangkok
  12. Toronto Pearson
  13. Singapore Changi
  14. Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson
  15. Manila
  16. Dubai
  17. Newark Liberty
  18. Mexico City
  19. Jakarta
  20. Los Angeles

For more info on the list including the full top 50 list, visit OAG’s website.

About OAG

OAG is the leading data provider for the global travel industry. The company has provided growth and innovation for the air travel ecosystem going back to 1929.

The company has the world largest network and database of flight information and is able to provide such information on the likes of planning, customer experience, route analysis and much more.

OAG has also amassed a huge customer base thanks to its accuracy and expertise, with customers including airlines, airports, aviation service providers, government agencies and much more all being a customer of OAG’s info.

Though headquartered in the UK, OAG is a worldwide company with hubs/operations in various other countries including the USA, Singapore, Japan, China and Lithuania.

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