Chicago O’Hare International Is World’s Most Connected Airport

OAG, the data platform for the global travel industry, has released “Megahubs 2022,” its list of the top 50 most internationally connected airports in the world and the top 25 most domestically connected airports in the United States. Last updated in 2019, the report provides insights into how ongoing air travel disruption has affected global connectivity over the past three years.

A strong domestic aviation market propelled U.S. airports to dominate Megahubs this year. Chicago’s O’Hare (ORD) moved up from its third-place 2019 ranking. It is the most internationally connected airport in the world and leads North America for the fifth consecutive time. On the busiest day of aviation at ORD, there were 43,350 possible connections within a six-hour window, compared to 65,294 in 2019.

O’Hare is followed globally by Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Atlanta (ATL), Seattle (SEA), Denver International Airport (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX) and New York John F. Kennedy (JFK). In total, 18 U.S. airports landed on the top 50 with 13 taking the top 20 spots. Domestically, Atlanta ranks No. 2 and Dallas/Fort Worth ranks No. 3. Outside of North America, the most connected airport was Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), which came in No. 13 globally.

The top three U.S. airports are dominated by United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. United Airlines owns 46 percent of flights at O’Hare (down 2 percent from 2019) and American Airlines owns 85 percent at Dallas/Fort Worth. Delta has a 77 percent share of flights at Atlanta.

Eight U.S. airports also landed on the top 25 low-cost carrier Megahubs list, with DEN ranking third overall—up from its No. 55 ranking in 2019—due to the strong presence of Southwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines. United Airlines is the dominant carrier at DEN, with a 52 percent share of flights.

London Heathrow (LHR) dropped to No. 22 globally after ranking as the No. 1 most internationally connected airport in 2019. The number of possible connections on the busiest day of aviation at LHR has fallen by 40 percent as a result of schedule reductions which affected high frequency short-haul routes. Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) is now the highest ranked non-U.S. Megahub, which came in No. 8 globally.

Megahubs is created using OAG’s flight data platform of the most comprehensive airlines schedules and global flight connections database in the world. Flight connectivity is based on regional location and airline type. Rankings include the dominant airline at each hub and the share of flights operated by that carrier. In some instances during recovery, flight and destination combinations have been radically changed, leading to notable names missing in Megahubs 2022.

Source: OAG

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