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% in direct connectivity 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 this year 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
In the past year, the UK is the only country in the EU to record a loss in direct connectivity (-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.
ACI EUROPE uses data from SEO Amsterdam Economics to measure and analyse the level and quality of air connectivity in:
– the number of direct air services offered by an airport
– this measures the number of places people can fly on to, through a connecting flight at hub airport from a particular airport
– the key metric for any hub airport – it measures the number of connecting flights that can be facilitated by the hub airport in question, taking into account quality of connecting times.
Highest five-year airport growth
The airports that have registered the highest growth in direct connectivity over the past five years 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