- 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
THE TOP 50 MEGAHUBS
1. Chicago O’Hare
3. Dallas/Fort Worth International
4. Denver International
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
17. Boston Edward L Logan
18. Philadelphia International
19. Toronto Lester B Pearson
23. Sao Paulo Congonhas
24. Las Vegas McCarran International
25. Mexico City Juarez
26. Newark Liberty International
29. Paris Charles de Gaulle
30. Vancouver International
31. New York J F Kennedy International
32. Washington Ronald Reagan National
33. Hong Kong International
35. Miami International
36. Kuala Lumpur International
37. Istanbul Ataturk
38. Chicago Midway
40. Beijing Capital
41. Sao Paulo Guarulhos International
42. Salt Lake City
43. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International
44. Shanghai Pudong International
46. Munich International
47. Baltimore Washington International
48. Dubai International
49. Seoul Incheon
50. Surabaya Juanda
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