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U.S. Airports Dominate Connectivity Rankings

US airports are currently the most internationally connected airports in the world, according to the Megahubs 2022 report released by OAG.

The report, the first Megahubs update since the pandemic, found that 13 of the Top 20 most internationally connected airports are in the U.S. with Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) topping the table with 43,350 possible international connections through the airport within a six-hour window, thanks to services to 66 international destinations.

Dallas/Ft. Worth International (DFW) ranked second, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) followed in the number three position. Seattle Tacoma International (SEA), Denver International (DEN), Los Angeles International (LAX), John F. Kennedy International (JFK), George Bush Houston Intercontinental (IAH) and Miami International (MIA) airports occupied all but one of the top 10 slots.

Mexico City Juarez International Airport (MEX) was the only non-U.S. airport in the Top 10.

OAG said strong market recovery has boosted airports as they compete to be megahubs, with MEX and Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) now the leading megahubs outside the U.S. A sluggish return to flying in Asia means that airport megahubs that previously dominated the rankings – including Singapore Changi (SIN), Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Bangkok (BKK) – have fallen in the connectivity rankings.

In Europe, London Heathrow (LHR) and Frankfurt International (FRA) airports ranked first and second as international megahubs in 2019, but have fallen back to 22nd and 30th place, respectively, in 2022, although LHR still retains the top position within Europe.