Study: Asia’s airports among world’s top 20 most connected
ACCORDING to the recently released International Megahubs Index 2018, six Asian airports have been ranked among the top 20 most connected airports worldwide.
Released by OAG, the index looks at airports with the highest ratio of scheduled international connections to the number of destinations served.
“The 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,” OAG explained.
“Online and interline connections are included and utilizing the power of Connections Analyser, low-cost carriers (LCC) connections are also included.”
The largest megahubs in Asia-Pacific are all located in Southeast Asia. Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN) ranked 8th overall, followed by Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) in 10th place.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) are also within the top 15 International Megahubs.
Singapore: Changi International Airport – 8th
Jakarta, Indonesia: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport – 10th
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur International Airport – 12th
Hong Kong, China: Hong Kong International Airport – 13th
Bangkok, Thailand: Suvarnabhumi International Airport– 14th
Incheon, South Korea: Incheon International Airport – 15th
“Robust demand for international air travel is making Asia-Pacific a pivotal region for connecting flights,” according to OAG Regional Sales Director JAPAC Mayur Patel.
In the International Low-Cost Megahubs section, ongoing low-cost airport infrastructure development, route network expansions and seat capacity growth enabled Kuala Lumpur International Airport, home of Asia’s largest low-cost carrier AirAsia, Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, and Singapore’s Changi International Airport to retain the top 3 global rankings.
Manila Ninoy Aquino International, jumped from 12th place to 4th, with dominant carrier Cebu Pacific operating one-third of all flights.
Meanwhile, Shanghai Pudong International Airport is China’s most connected airport at 24th, with Guangzhou Baiyun and Beijing Capital International Airport, the world’s largest airport for scheduled airline seat capacity, at 31st and 32nd place respectively.
But eyes are starting to turn towards Beijing Daxing International Airport, scheduled to open as the world’s biggest airport in 2019.
“Asia’s dominance is clear to see but we are likely to see some interesting movements when the new Beijing airport opens,” Patel said.
With China driving air travel growth, we expect Hub connectivity to Hong Kong, currently undergoing unprecedented growth, driven by mainline operators (Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon) will undoubtedly see further evolution,” he added.