Toronto’s Pearson Airport is one of the most-connected airports in the world.
According to new analysis from OAG, the air travel intelligence company, YYZ is the fifth most connected airport in 2017.
OAG’s Megahubs International Index 2017, released earlier this week, revealed the 50 most internationally connected airports. Airports are ranked by comparing the number of scheduled connections to and from international flights with the number of destinations served from the airport.
The analysis for the report used the busiest day for global aviation, for the 12 months leading to July, at the world’s largest airports (based on total international seat capacity for the 12 months to July 2017) and ranked it on an index from high to low, according to OAG.
Topping the list is London’s Heathrow Airport. Frankfurt Airport and Amsterdam Airport are ranked second and third, respectively. In fourth place, Chicago O’Hare Airport is the highest ranked International Megahub, followed by Toronto Airport (YYZ).
“Megahub airports benefit from both a large number of inbound and outbound flights and well-timed airline schedules. These hubs are critical to global airline efficiency and play an essential role in providing travelers with more options for ticket costs, flight frequencies and available destinations,” said Mike Benjamin, COO of OAG, in a release.
When ranked by region, Toronto was second in the top International Megahubs (although, technically, it’s not a megahub just yet). Regionally, the Vancouver International Airport also made the list, coming in at 9th place. On the international list, Vancouver’s airport ranked 26th out of 50.