Aviation data analytics firm Cirium has released its list of the 20 most connected airports in the world, with Frankfurt Airport (FRA) coming out on top.
The rankings were based on the total number of unique destinations each airport served in 2022. And with 330 destinations linked to Frankfurt last year, the German hub came on top of Istanbul Airport (IST) by 20 points.
Cirium said the most connected airport in North America was Chicago O’Hare (ORD), with 278 unique destinations, making it the fifth most connected airport in the world.
Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) landed sixth place, offering direct connections to 269 destinations last year.
Denver International (DEN) ranked 10th with its network of 226 destinations, while Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental came in 12th and 15th place, serving 220 and 213 places, respectively.
The top 20 list comprised almost entirely of North American and European airports, with Dubai International (DXB) being the only one outside these regions. The Emirates hub is seventh on the list, with 262 unique destinations.
It is somewhat surprising that Dubai was the only airport from the Middle East to rank in the top twenty. The region is also home to other hubs— such as Abu Dhabi and Doha—which have also seen heavy investment in recent years. None of these ranked within the top 20.
Also, surprisingly, New York-JFK didn’t make it into the top 20. However, the fact that New York has three major airports played a significant role in JFK not making it.
Across the Atlantic, however, London’s three airports—Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), and Stansted (STN)—scored a position within the top 20. Heathrow landed seventh with 242 unique destinations.
Here is the complete list of Cirium’s most connected airports in the world in 2022:
|Ranking||Airport||Number of direct connections|
|1||Frankfurt Airport (FRA)||330|
|2||Istanbul Airport (IST)||309|
|3||Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)||308|
|4||Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)||293|
|5||Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)||278|
|6||Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)||269|
|7||Dubai International Airport (DXB)||262|
|8||London Heathrow Airport (LHR)||242|
|9||Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)||239|
|10||Denver International Airport (DEN)||226|
|11||Vienna International Airport (VIE)||221|
|12||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)||220|
|13||Munich Franz Josef Strauss International Airport (MUC)||216|
|14||Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)||214|
|15||London Gatwick Airport (LGW)||213|
|16||Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)||213|
|17||Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN)||210|
|18||Manchester Airport (MAN)||210|
|19||London Stansted Airport (STN)||209|
|20||Zurich Airport (ZRH)||205|