Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) has been named by OAG as the world’s most connected airport and the news has been celebrated by American Airlines who has added new routes from the US hub.
In its 2018 Megahubs U.S. Index OAG also said ORD was a leading international hub — naming it second to London Heathrow Airport.
American has played a large role in increasing connectivity and offering travelers more options, offering more seats out of ORD this summer than at any other time in the last 10 years.
This year, American has or will launch service to 18 new destinations, including international cities Venice and Vancouver and domestic cities like Charleston, and Honolulu.
American’s vice president of ORD hub operations, Franco Tedeschi said: “It’s our own investment and that of the city that allow us to continue our growth. With our recently opened five new gates, a new hangar set to open before the end of the year and work soon to start on the new global terminal, there’s never been a better time to fly to, from or through O’Hare.”
He joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Jamie Rhee and several of American Airlines 9,300 ORD-based team members to celebrate the announcement this morning.
American also announced four new destinations to Florida in time for spring break 2019 including from 16 February to 5 September a Saturday service to Key West using Embraer E175 aircraft.
From 9 March to 5 September it will operate Saturday service to Panama City Beach on Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and Pensacola and Destin-Fort Walton Beach on Embraer E175 aircraft.
Last month, American announced that beginning 3 May 3, 2019, it will launch ORD’s first-ever service to Athens, Greece (ATH) operated on the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
The announcement of the new Florida routes and ATH service, brings American to 23 new destinations served out of ORD in 2018 and thus far in 2019 further increasing ORD’s connectivity.
The OAG report also noted that American’s hubs at Charlotte International Airport and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport placed third and fourth respectively among US airports.