London Heathrow and New York Airport Now Most Connected Internationally

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The top travel data analyst site NEW YORK OAG has ranked London Heathrow (LHR) and New York (JFK) Airport as the two airports with the greatest international connections worldwide

Mega hubs 2023, which provides a final rating of the Top 50 airports with the greatest international connectivity globally, was revealed by OAG today

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London New York Airport Internationally Connected

As the airport with the most international connections, London Heathrow Airport has reclaimed the top spot with a 50% share of the flights, British Airways continues to have a sway over the industry

The New York City John F Kennedy International Airport rose to the second spot among Global Mega hubs Istanbul Airport entered the Top 10 at the same time, taking the seventh slot At Istanbul Airport, Turkish Airlines has a strong 79% share of flights

In his comments on the OAG Mega hubs results, John Grant, Chief Analyst at OAG emphasized the ongoing significance of global connection

He cited the comeback of London Heathrow and the astounding expansion of Asian hubs like Kuala Lumpur as evidence of the flexibility and endurance of airports throughout the world

He credited a number of factors, including the expansion of American Airlines (AA) and Delta Air Lines destination offerings from New York as well as the entry or reopening of routes by airlines like Air Senegal and Air New Zealand, for the rise of John F Kennedy International Airport  to the second position

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As worldwide capacity rises to over 98% of pre pandemic levels, Grant remarked that the revival of important international hubs represents a strong presence for North American Mega hubs and symbolizes the aviation industry continuous recovery

Global Mega Hubs

The Global Top 20 Mega hubs exhibit a well distributed geographical presence with:

  • 6 located in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa)
  • 6 situated in North America
  • 7 found in the Asia Pacific region

Given that the area is still working to recover from the effects of the pandemic, the prevalence of seven Asian airport hubs in the Global Top 20 is significant

International Connectivity Comparison

London Heathrow New York JFK
International Destinations 185+ 175+
Airlines 80+ 70+
Passengers (2019) 80+ million 60+ million


  • As the fourth ranked hub internationally, Kuala Lumpur stands out as the most linked city Haneda Airport in Tokyo is not far behind in fifth position
  • Along with London Heathrow (LHR), the top European airport hubs are Amsterdam Frankfurt and Paris  Istanbul enters the Top 10 in a spectacular fashion as well, taking the seventh spot
  • Turkish Airlines, the leading airline in Istanbul, is to blame for this considerable growth Turkish Airlines has increased flight frequency to several destinations, added destinations in Central Asia and the United States, and enlarged its fleet
  • Other notable Mega hubs in the Top 20 include Chicago O Hare which dropped from third place in 2019, and Atlanta the busiest airport in the world, which is ranked 14th


As the two hubs of global connection London Heathrow and New York JFK provide travelers with an unmatched selection of locations and services. They will continue to set the standard for international air travel because to their unwavering dedication to innovation and the customer experience. So keep in mind that these two airports are more than simply geographic locations as you set off on a global journey in the future.

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