[Ratings] Asia Pacific is home to 35 of the Top 50 International Megahubs 2019: OAG’s Index

Aircraft land in HCMC's Tan Son Nhat Airport. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Duy. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

OAG, the world’s leading provider of travel data and insight, released its Megahubs Index 2019. The analysis reveals the Top 50 most internationally connected airports in the world. Asia is home to 18 of the Top 50 Global and 11 of the Top 25 low-cost carriers Megahubs, reported the ANTARA. Asia Pacific is home to 35 of the Top 50 Global Megahubs, the Pan Pacific Agency added.

Singapore (SIN) continues to lead the Asia Pacific in international connectivity, ranking ninth globally for a second straight year (if you exclude from the Asia Pacific USA’s Chicago, Atlanta and Canada’s Toronto). Hong Kong ranks second regionally and jumps from 13th to 10th place in the global rankings due to a 1.5% increase in international connections.

Sixteen other Asia Pacific airports were featured as Top 50 Global Megahubs, with Incheon (ICN), Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Bangkok (BKK) and Jakarta (CGK) all ranking in the Top 20. Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) rounded out the top 25 and is the highest ranked airport in China.

Asia Pacific airports also had a strong presence in the low-cost carrier (LCC) category, with Kuala Lumpur (KUL) keeping its title as the most internationally connected LCC Megahub in the world. Air Asia is the dominant carrier with 41% of all flights. Other highly ranked LCC Megahubs include Manila (MNL), which jumped up two spots over last year to place second, India (DEL) and Thailand (DMK).

“The rise of self-connecting passengers and new world travellers creates greater demand for low-cost Megahubs – and Asian airports are at the center of this trend,” said Mayur (Mac) Patel, Head of JAPAC for OAG.

According to the OAG’s index, top 50 International Megahubs are those airports with the highest ratio of possible scheduled international connections to the number of destinations served by the airport. Online and interline connections are included and utilising the power of Connections Analyser, low-cost carriers (LCC) connections are also included, reported Pan Pacific Agency. Airports of the Asia Pacific, including America’s countries bordered by the Pacific ocean, are highlighted in green.

Rank Airport Country Connectivity


Dominant Carrier Share of flights at hub
1 LHR United Kingdom 317 British Airways 51%
2 FRA Germany 309 Lufthansa German Airlines 63%
3 Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) USA 290 United Airlines 46%
4 AMS Netherlands 279 KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines 52%
5 MUC Germany 259 Lufthansa German Airlines 59%
6 Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto (YYZ) Canada 251 Air Canada 59%
7 CDG France 250 Air France 50%
8 Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) USA 247 Delta Air Lines 79%
9 Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) Singapore 240 Singapore Airlines 24%
10 Chek Lap Kok International Airport, Hong Kong (HKG) Hong Kong (sar) China 234 Cathay Pacific Airways 26%
11 Incheon International, Seoul (ICN) Korea Republic of 233 Korean Air 23%
12 Kuala Lumpur International (KUL) Malaysia 229 AirAsia 41%
13 Los Angeles International (LAX) USA 219 American Airlines 22%
14 Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok (BKK) Thailand 214 Thai Airways International 20%
15 Licenciado Benito Juarez International, Mexico City (MEX) Mexico 191 Aeromexico 43%
16 Soekarno-Hatta International, Jakarta (CGK) Indonesia 191 Garuda Indonesia 26%
17 IST Turkey 187 Turkish Airlines 79%
18 John F Kennedy International, New York (JFK) USA 186 Delta Air Lines 37%
19 Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) USA 185 American Airlines 85%
20 Miami International (MIA) USA 184 American Airlines 75%
21 George Bush Intercontinental Houston (IAH) USA 179 United Airlines 81%
22 Tokyo Haneda International (HND) Japan 178 All Nippon Airways 37%
23 Newark Liberty International (EWR) USA 169 United Airlines 70%
24 DXB United Arab Emirates 168 Emirates 49%
25 Shanghai Pudong International (PVG) China 163 China Eastern Airlines 28%
26 Sydney Kingsford Smith International (SYD) Australia 158 Qantas Airways 36%
27 Vancouver International (YVR) Canada 155 Air Canada 47%
28 MAD Spain 154 Iberia 46%
29 Ninoy Aquino International, Manila (MNL) Philippines 153 Cebu Pacific Air 32%
30 Sheremetyevo International, Moscow (SVO) Russian Federation 150 Aeroflot Russian Airlines 80%
31 San Francisco International (SFO) USA 146 United Airlines 49%
32 El Dorado International, Bogota (BOG) Colombia 142 Avianca 58%
33 Guangzhou Baiyun International (CAN) China 142 China Southern Airlines 49%
34 FCO Italy 139 Alitalia – Societa Aerea Italiana S.p.A 43%
35 Indira Gandhi International, New Delhi (DEL) India 137 IndiGo 32%
36 Beijing Capital International (PEK) China 137 Air China 40%
37 Seattle Tacoma International (SEA) USA 133 Alaska Airlines 50%
38 JNB South Africa 128 South African Airways 44%
39 Narita International, Tokyo (NRT) Japan 128 All Nippon Airways 17%
40 ZRH Switzerland 114 SWISS 54%
41 Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (YUL) Canada 112 Air Canada 58%
42 VIE Austria 109 Austrian Airlines AG dba Austrian 50%
43 Tan Son Nhat International, Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) Viet Nam 108 Vietnam Airlines 37%
44 General Edward Lawrence Logan International, Boston (BOS) USA 107 JetBlue Airways Corporation 27%
45 BCN Spain 102 Vueling Airlines 42%
46 GRU Brazil 101 LATAM Airlines Group 41%
47 Auckland International (AKL) New Zealand 99 Air New Zealand 65%
48 OSL Norway 98 SAS Scandinavian Airlines 37%
49 Don Mueang International, Bangkok (DMK) Thailand 98 Thai AirAsia 45%
50 Chhatrapati Shivaji International, Mumbai (BOM) India 97 IndiGo 32%

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