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The most connectable airports in the world

There are many huge hubs around the world, but which airport is actually the busiest? Here you can read more about the ten most connectable airports in the world.

Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world. Image source: Heathrow Airports Limited

1. London Heathrow Airport (LHR), United Kingdom

Being the biggest airport in Europe and one of the biggest airports in the world, it comes as no surprise that London Heathrow Airport is number one in this compilation. The airport is the primary hub for British Airways and is a common place to stop for example when you’re flying to New York (JFK) or Amsterdam (AMS).

Frankfurt airport
Frankfurt Airport is a connecting airport often passed when traveling through Europe. Image source: Fraport AG

2. Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany

Frankfurt is located in the south western part of Germany, and is one of the busiest airports in Europe – especially when it comes to connecting flights. This airport has frequent routes to lots of places around the world, two of them being London Heathrow Airport and Berlin Airport. The dominant carrier at Frankfurt Airport is Lufthansa.

Chicago O'Hare Airport is mostly trafficked by domestic flights. Image source: O'Hare Intl Airport

3. Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD), USA

The most connected airport in the US is Chicago O’Hare Airport, with its dominant carrier United Airlines. This is mainly a hub for domestic flights in the US, and two popular routes lead to La Guardia in New York and Los Angeles Airport.

In the Netherslands you find one of the biggest airports in Europe – Schiphol. Image source: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

4. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), Netherlands

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the main international airport in the Netherlands, and the primary hub for the airline KLM. This European airport is a common pitstop when you are traveling through Europe, for example when you are headed to London Heathrow Airport or Copenhagen Airport in Denmark.

5. Munich Airport (MUC), Germany

Munich Airport is the second busiest airport in Germany after Frankfurt, and lands on place number five of the most connectable airports in the world. The dominant carrier of this airport is Lufthansa, and two popular routes go to London Heathrow Airport and domestic flights to Hamburg Airport in Germany.

6. Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ), Canada

Toronto Pearson Airport is the biggest airport in Canada and holds a large number of connections – primarily to the rest of North America. Two of the most well traveled routes take you to Vancouver and La Guardia in New York. The dominant carrier of this airport is Air Canada.

7. Charles de Gaulle (CDG), France

The French airport of Charles de Gaulle is located north of Paris, and is well connected to the rest of the world. The airport serves as the primary hub for Air France, and is frequently visited by travelers headed for London Heathrow Airport and Amsterdam Airport.

8. Atlanta Airport (ATL), USA

The airport of Atlanta is well visited primarily by travelers heading through the US. Two popular destinations are La Guardia in New York and Miami Airport. The airport is home base and the biggest hub for Delta Air Lines, who runs more than 50 per cent of the traffic passing through the airport.

Changi Airport in Singapore is the busiest airport in Asia. Image source: Changi Airport Group

9. Singapore Changi Airport (SIN), Singapore

The first airport on the list which is not located in Europe or the US is Singapore Changi Airport. This airport is well connected to the rest of Asia, with two of the most popular routes headed to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. The dominant carrier at the airport is Singapore Airlines.

10. Hong Kong Airport (HKG), Hong Kong

The airport in Hong Kong is a main hub when it comes to Asian air traffic, and has a busy schedule of flights from all over the world. Two popular routes connected to this airport are JFK in New York and Bangkok Airport in Thailand. The dominant carrier at Hong Kong Airport is Cathay Pacific Airways.

11. Incheon Airport (ICN), South Korea

12. Kuala Lumpur Airport (KUL), Malaysia

13. Los Angeles Airport (LAX), USA

14. Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Thailand

15. Mexico City Airport (MEX), Mexico

16. Soekarno-Hatta Airport (CGK), Indonesia

17. Istanbul Airport (IST), Turkey

18. John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), USA

19. Dallas Fort Worth Airport (DFW), USA

20. Miami Airport (MIA), USA

21. Houston Airport (IAH), USA

22. Haneda Airport (HND), Japan

23. Newark Liberty Airport (EWR), USA

24. Dubai Airport (DXB), United Arab Emirates

25. Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG), China

26. Sydney Airport (SYD), Australia

27. Vancouver Airport ( YVR), Canada

28. Madrid Airport (MAD), Spain

29. Manila Airport (MNL), Philippines

30. Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO), Russia

31. San Francisco Airport (SFO), USA

32. Bogota Airport (BOG), Colombia

33. Guangzhou Airport (CAN), China

34. Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Italy

35. Delhi Airport (DEL), India

36. Beijing Capital Airport (PEK), China

37. Seattle Tacoma Airport (SEA), USA

38. O.R. Tambo Airport (JNB), South Africa

39. Narita Airport (NRT), Japan

40. Zurich Airport (ZRH), Switzerland

41. Montréal Trudeau Airport (YUL), Canada

42. Vienna Airport (VIE), Austria

43. Ho Chi Minh City Airport (SGN), Vietnam

44. Boston Logan Airport (BOS), USA

45. Barcelona Airport (BCN), Spain

46. Guarulhos Airport (GRU), Brazil

47. Auckland Airport (AKL), New Zealand

48. Oslo Airport (OSL), Norway

49. Don Mueang Airport (DMK), Thailand

50. Mumbai Airport (BOM), India

**The list is based on the Megahub Index 2019 made by OAG. The airports are ordered by the number of scheduled connections with international flights in a combination with the number of destinations offered at each airport.