The USA named the 7 best international airport megahubs in 2022

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A new report by OAG, the travel industry data platform, has identified the international airports with the most connections worldwide. Dubbed Megahubs 2022, the report found that the United States took the top 7 spots for the busiest international airports. This year has shaken up the airport industry as the world emerges from the pandemic, with US airports outpacing many airports around the world compared to 2019’s megahubs.

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

Why did the USA take over the rankings?

Covid has changed almost every aspect 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 rating is significantly different from the pre-pandemic 2019 list. The US dominates the list this year thanks to strong domestic connectivity. As the world has begun to reopen, the US has had a good year for domestic travel and has significantly more airports than most other countries.

Although many international destinations were closed for parts of the year, the US saw a significant recovery in travel within its borders, while other countries discussed their recovery strategies.

Interior of Chicago O'Hare International Airport

What are the 10 most connected international airports?

Of the top 10 international airports in 2022, the United States received 9. The only other country to make the top 10 was Mexico. For comparison, in 2019, only two US airports made it to the top ten – Atlanta (ATL) and Chicago (ORD). The top 10 international airports this year were:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interior of Chicago O'Hare International Airport with people walking

Which airports were overtaken?

The most frequented international airport in 2019 was London Heathrow (LHR), which dropped to 22nd.n.d this year. That’s not too surprising given the chaos Heathrow has experienced this summer. At one point, London’s Heathrow even asked airlines to stop selling tickets so they could deal with the mess.

Aerial photo of London Heathrow Airport

Other notable airports to drop out of the top 10 from 2019 were Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), which came in at number 2.n.d and 4thousand in 2019, respectively. Amsterdam was considered the European capital of airport chaos this summer, and Frankfurt was also affected. In June, Amsterdam’s Schiphol had queues so long they were leaving the building due to a lack of security staff.

entrance to Schiphol

As a result, Amsterdam’s Schiphol reduced its capacity by 11%, losing a total of 541,000 seats. Frankfurt reduced capacity by 7%, losing a total of 253,000 seats. Thus, Amsterdam dropped to 31st placeSt on the list for 2022, while Frankfurt dropped to 30thousand. Airports that once led the globe in terms of international connections have now fallen so far in the ranking that they don’t even appear in the top 25. As the world continues to recover from the pandemic, perhaps they will rise to the top in the coming years. However, the US is still dominating.

Frankfurt Airport

Top 5 Best US Airports for Savings: Honorable Mentions

OAG went beyond simply listing the international airports with the most connections in its report. The travel data company also compiled a list of the top 25 low-cost megahubs. Let’s say you’re on a tight budget for your next trip and you live near any of the airports listed below. In this case, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll have plenty of destinations to choose from when flying a low-cost carrier. Note that the list below does not include the international airports mentioned, so there are no serial numbers.

TSA lines at the Denver airport

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

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

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

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

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

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