US claims top 7 international airport megahubs by 2022

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A new report from OAG, a travel industry data platform, has determined the most connected international airports around the world. The report, dubbed Megahubs 2022, revealed that the United States claimed the top 7 spots for most connected international airports. This year has shaken up the airport industry as the world emerges from the pandemic, with US airports outperforming many airports around the world when compared to the Megahubs of 2019.

People walking in Chicago's ORD O'Hare airport under American flags

Why has the United States taken over the rankings?

Covid has changed almost every facet of society, and aviation is no exception. Each country emerged from the pandemic on its own terms and at its own pace. As a result, this year’s rankings look significantly different than the pre-pandemic year of the 2019 list. The United States dominates this year’s list thanks to its strong domestic connectivity. As the world began to reopen, the US has had a strong year for domestic travel and has far more airports than most other countries.

Although many international destinations were closed during different times of the year, the US saw a strong uptick in travel within its borders, while other countries debated their reopening strategies.

Interior of Chicago O'Hare International Airport

What were the 10 most connected international airports?

Of the 10 most connected international airports by 2022, the US claimed 9. The only other country that made it into the top 10 was Mexico. By comparison, 2019 only had two US airports in the top 10 list: Atlanta (ATL) and Chicago (ORD). The 10 most connected international airports this year were the following:

1) Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)2019 ranking: 3

2) Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)2019 ranking: 19

3) Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – 2019 ranking: 8

4) Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) – 2019 ranking: 37

5) Denver International Airport (DEN) – 2019 ranking: 80

6) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – 2019 ranking: 13

7) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – 2019 ranking: 18

8) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) – 2019 ranking: 15

9) George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) – Classification 2019: 21

10) Miami International Airport (MIA) – 2019 ranking: 20

Interior of Chicago O'Hare International Airport with people walking

What airports were taken?

The most connected international airport in 2019 was London Heathrow (LHR), which dropped to 22North Dakota this year. This isn’t too surprising considering the chaos Heathrow has been through this summer. At one point, London Heathrow even required airlines to stop selling tickets so it could deal with the mess.

Aerial photo of London Heathrow Airport

Other notable airports that fell out of the top 10 list from 2019 were Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), which ranked second.North Dakota and 4the in 2019, respectively. Amsterdam was considered the European capital of airport chaos this summer, and Frankfurt was also affected. In June, Amsterdam Schiphol had lines so long that they left the building due to a shortage of security personnel.

schiphol entrance

As a result, Amsterdam Schiphol reduced its capacity by 11%, for a total of 541,000 lost seats. Frankfurt reduced capacity by 7% for a total of 253,000 lost seats. Consequently, Amsterdam fell to 31St. on the list for 2022, while Frankfurt drops to 30the. Airports that once led the world in international connections have now fallen so far down the rankings that they don’t even appear in the top 25. As the world continues to ride out the pandemic, perhaps they will come out on top in the years to come. For now, however, the United States dominates.

Frankfurt airport

Top 5 US Airports for Savings – Honorable Mentions

OAG went beyond simply listing the most connected international airports in its report. The travel data company also listed the top 25 low-cost Megahubs. Suppose you have a limited budget for your next trip and you live near any of the airports listed below. In that case, you can be sure that you will have plenty of destinations to choose from while flying with a low cost airline. Please note that the list below excludes the international airports mentioned, hence the missing sequential numbers.

TSA Lines at the Denver Airport

3) Denver International Airport (DEN) – 2019 ranking: 55

4) Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) – 2019 ranking: 54

5) Orlando International Airport (MCO) – 2019 ranking: 15

9) Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) – 2019 ranking: 13

11) Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) – 2019 ranking: 88

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