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World’s Top 10 Most Connected Airports

In the vast and interconnected world of aviation, airports serve as crucial gateways that connect travellers to destinations across the globe. We explore the most-connected airports based on the total number of unique destinations that they served in 2022.

According to data obtained from CIRIUM, Frankfurt Airport managed to top the list serving an impressive 330 unique destinations. Here’re the most well-connected airports of 2022.

Top 10 Most Connected Airports in 2022

1. Frankfurt Airport (FRA)

Number of Destinations: 330

Major Operators: Lufthansa, Condor, Eurowings Discover

Major Routes: London Heathrow, Munich, Berlin, Paris, New York

2. Istanbul Airport (IST)

Number of Destinations: 309

Major Operators: Turkish Airlines

Major Routes: Antalya, Ankara, Tehran, London Heathrow, Paris

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Istanbul Airport

3. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Number of Destinations: 308

Major Operators: Air France, easyJet, Delta Airlines

Major Routes: London Heathrow, New York, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome, Frankfurt

4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Number of Destinations: 293

Major Operators: KLM, Transavia, easyJet, Ryanair, Vueling, TUI fly Netherlands

Major Routes: London Heathrow, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

5. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Number of Destinations: 278

Major Operators: American Airlines, United Airlines

Major Routes: Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas

6. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Number of Destinations: 269

Major Operators: American Airlines

Major Routes: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Denver, Atlanta

7. Dubai International Airport (DXB)

Number of Destinations: 262

Major Operators: Emirates, flydubai, SAUDIA, IndiGo

Major Routes: London, Mumbai, Delhi, Istanbul

Dubai was the only airport from the Middle East to rank in the top 10.

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Dubai International Airport

8. London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Number of Destinations: 242

Major Operators: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa

Major Routes: New York, Dubai, Los Angeles, Frankfurt

London’s trio of airports – Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), and Stansted (STN) ranked within the top 20, with Heathrow ranking seventh and offering 242 unique destinations.

9. Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

Number of Destinations: 239

Major Operators: ITA Airways, Ryanair, Vueling Airlines, Wizz Air

Major Routes: Milan, Barcelona, London, Paris, Berlin

10. Denver International Airport (DEN)

Number of Destinations: 226

Major Operators: United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines

Major Routes: Los Angeles, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle

The top 20 most-connected airports predominantly featured airports from North America and Europe, with a notable exception being Dubai International Airport (DXB) from the Middle East. Here are the airports ranked from 11th to 20th.

11. Vienna International Airport (VIE): 221 Destinations

12. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 220 Destinations

13. Munich Franz Josef Strauss International Airport (MUC): 216 Destinations

14. Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD): 214 Destinations

15. London Gatwick Airport (LGW): 213 Destinations

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London Gatwick Airport

16. Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 213 Destinations

17. Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN): 210 Destinations

18. Manchester Airport (MAN): 210 Destinations

19. London Stansted Airport (STN): 209 Destinations

20. Zurich Airport (ZRH): 205 Destinations