London Heathrow retains title of Europe’s No1 megahub

  • Heathrow’s closest challenger for the European title came from Frankfurt
  • Atlanta took the No2 spot globally and Dallas/Fort Worth came third
  • Megahub ranking is calculated by analysing an airport’s connectedness

London Heathrow has been announced as Europe’s most connected airport for the second successive year.

Heathrow’s closest challenger for the European ‘OAG Megahub’ title came from Frankfurt, Germany. And it was Chicago O’Hare International that grabbed the No1 spot globally.

Heathrow was the only UK airport to make it to both the European top ten and the overall top 50 listing. It came 15th globally in a ranking that is calculated by air travel intelligence company OAG by looking at how many inbound and outbound flights are possible within a six-hour window.

London Heathrow – the home of British Airways – has been announced as Europe’s most connected airport for the second successive year

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International took the No2 spot globally and Dallas/Fort Worth came third.

The rest of the top ten was made up of – in order of ranking – Denver International, Charlotte, Los Angeles International, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, Seattle – Tacoma International, San Francisco and Phoenix Sky Harbor International.

By international region Europe was the third biggest contender, holding 12 per cent of the global share of megahub airports, followed by Latin America at eight per cent, and Middle East/Africa at just two per cent.

North America had the largest per cent of megahubs in its midst, dominating nearly half (46 per cent) of the share by region. Asia Pacific also ranked ahead of Europe, with 32 per cent.

Chicago O’Hare International (pictured) grabbed the No1 spot globally for connectedness


 1. Chicago O’Hare

2. Atlanta

3. Dallas/Fort Worth International

4. Denver International

5. Charlotte

6. Los Angeles International

7. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta

8. Seattle – Tacoma International

9. San Francisco

10. Phoenix Sky Harbour International

11. Tokyo International

12. Minneapolis / St Paul International

13. Houston George Bush

14. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County

15. London Heathrow

16. Sydney

17. Boston Edward L Logan

18. Philadelphia International

19. Toronto Lester B Pearson

20. Frankfurt

21. Amsterdam

22. Delhi

23. Sao Paulo Congonhas

24. Las Vegas McCarran International

 25. Mexico City Juarez

 26. Newark Liberty International

27. Singapore

28. Mumbai

29. Paris Charles de Gaulle

30. Vancouver International

31. New York J F Kennedy International

32. Washington Ronald Reagan National

33. Hong Kong International

34. Melbourne

35. Miami International

36. Kuala Lumpur International

37. Istanbul Ataturk

38. Chicago Midway

39. Bogota

40. Beijing Capital 

 41. Sao Paulo Guarulhos International

42. Salt Lake City

43. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International

44. Shanghai Pudong International

45. Guangzhou

46. Munich International

47. Baltimore Washington International

48. Dubai International

49. Seoul Incheon

50. Surabaya Juanda 

Source: OAG 

John Grant, senior analyst at OAG, commenting on Heathrow’s position, said: ‘For many years Heathrow has been the number one hub in Europe and that position remains solid despite the increasing competitive range of airports in Europe.

‘In the next decade with existing capacity constrained it is inevitable that until the third runway is operational that other airports will close the gap on Heathrow.’

Furious travellers complained of ‘monster’ queues at Heathrow immigration on Tuesday amid mounting fears of a shortage of border guards.

Weary passengers, many of whom had arrived on long haul flights, claimed they were forced to wait for over an hour in what was branded an ‘absolute shambles.’

It is the third instance in recent weeks where people arriving have criticised long lines at passport control in UK airports amid a growing row over crippling cuts.

Some caught up in the hold ups vented their anger at Heathrow Airport – but immigration is the responsibility of the UK Border Force.


Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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