Toronto Pearson ranked world's 5th most connected 'megahub' airport

Sep 21 2018, 7:51 pm

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) has retained its ranking as the fifth most connected ‘megahub’ airport in the world.

Air travel intelligence company OAG published its 2018 rankings this week, providing YYZ with the same ranking it earned in 2017. The top four airports – London Heathrow, Chicago O’Hare, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam – remained the same, but the ranking order has changed slightly.

YYZ is also North America’s second most connected airport, just behind Chicago O’Hare and ahead of Los Angeles International.

The analysis was based on global aviation data over the 12-month period leading to July 2018, with factors such as all the possible connections between inbound and outbound flights within a six-hour window and the minimum and maximum connection times.

It ranked the largest 200 airports in the world (based on the total scheduled number of seats in July 2018) and the largest 200 international airports (based on total international scheduled seats in July 2018).

With these factors, YYZ earned a connectivity index score of 271, which is 62 points lower than the top-ranking London Heathrow.

In contrast, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) ranked 27th with a score of 159 and Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL) ranked 44th with a score of 114.

Air Canada’s flights account for a fairly significant portion of the flights at each of Canada’s three largest airports; the carrier has a share of 60% at its main hub at YYZ, 46% at YVR, and 57% at YUL.

In 2017, YYZ recorded a total of 47.1 million passengers, including 17.48 million domestic passengers, 12.86 million US passengers, and 16.8 million international passengers.

Top 50 international megahub airports in the world in 2018

Most connected airports

Most connected ‘megahub’ airports in the world in 2018. Click on the image for an enlarged version of the list. (OAG)

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