ACI: Frankfurt Airport the most well-connected airport

posted on 19th June 2018 by Justin Burns
ACI: Frankfurt Airport the most well-connected airport

Frankfurt Airport has been named as the most well-connected airport in Europe, in ACI Europe’s annual Airport Industry Connectivity Report.

The report was released today at the 27th ACI Joint EUROPE & World Annual Congress taking place in Brussels from 18-20 June, and used data harvested by SEO Amsterdam Economics to measure and analyse the level & quality of air connectivity in three key metrics.

The report found Frankfurt Airport is now the number one airport in Europe in terms of direct connectivity, having jumped from 3rd position last year, as a result of significant network expansion of both the Lufthansa Group and low cost carriers.

Amsterdam Schiphol now moves down to 2nd position for direct connectivity in Europe – still up from the 6th position it held back in 2008.

London Heathrow went from the 2nd to the 3rd position also not making any gains in direct connectivity this year (-0.2 per cent) to due to lack of capacity.

In the past year, the UK is the only country in the EU to record a loss in direct connectivity (-0.8 per cent).

Here is a snapshot of the Top 5 airports across ACI’s 4 traffic groups, that have registered the highest growth in direct connectivity over the past 5 years:

Top 5s in growth in Direct Connectivity (2018 vs 2013)

Group 1 (over 25 mppa) Group 2 (10 to 25 mppa)
Istanbul SAW +64.1%

Lisbon           +51.3%

Moscow SVO  +50.8%

Antalya         +45.3%

London STN      +43%

Berlin            +78.6%

Athens          +70.2%

Porto            +66.6%

Tel Aviv         +64.3%

Gran Canaria  +61.9%

Group 3 (5 to 10 mppa) Group 4  (0-5 mppa)
Keflavik         +132.1%

Larnaca           +98.5%

Fuerteventura  +74.7%

Heraklion         +68.2%

Sofia                +60.8%

Balikesir        +1050.7%

Osijek             +763.5%

Craiova           +492.7%

Naxos             +322.2%

Nis                 +319.2%

Frankfurt also remains the airport offering the best hub connectivity not just in Europe, but also worldwide – having increased its hub connectivity by an impressive +12.8 per cent over the preceding year.

Amsterdam Schiphol also remains number two followed by Dallas Fort Worth, Paris CDG and the busiest airport in the world, Atlanta.

Smaller and nice hubs registered growth in connectivity at twice the pace of the major hubs, over the past 10 years – pointing to intensifying competition in the hub segment.