Germany’s Frankfurt Airport has the most direct flight connections in Europe, new figures reveal.
Significant network expansion at Frankfurt
Frankfurt Airport moved from third last year with a growth of 11.1% to 5.096, thanks to significant network expansion of both the Lufthansa Group and low-cost carriers including Ryanair.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport fell from first to second place in the ACI Europe Airport Industry Connectivity Report
and had zero growth at 4,859 because the airport reached the capacity limits.
Heathrow slips to third
London Heathrow slipped from second to third in the rankings of direct flight services with a 0.2% fall in direct connectivity in 2018 to 4,669 due to lack of capacity, according to the figures unveiled at the 27th ACI Joint EUROPE & World Annual Congress in Brussels.
Brexit casts shadow over UK air links
The UK stands alone in the EU in reporting a fall in their direct connectivity figures (-0.8%).
An ACI spokesperson says, “It is an indication of how the uncertainty around Brexit is already casting a shadow on the future of the UK’s air connectivity.”
Paris and Istanbul improving
Paris – Charles de Gaulle
remains fourth with a rise of 2.5% to 4,661 followed by Istanbul–Ataturk, which saw direct connectivity rise 1.2% to 4,319.
Huge rise for Athens Airport
Athens has joined the Top 20 direct connectivity league with a huge 16.7% rise, replacing Dusseldorf, which saw connectivity fall 7.2%, dropping it from 20-26 place, in the wake of the bankruptcy of Air Berlin.
Highest five-year airport growth
The airports recording the strongest direct connectivity growth in the years 2013-2018 are:
Airports with over 25million passengers per annum
Istanbul SAW +64.1%
Moscow SVO +50.8%
London STN +43%
10-25million passengers per annum
Tel Aviv +64.3%
Gran Canaria +61.9%
5-10million passengers per annum
0-5million passengers per annum