KLIA among Asia Pacific’s top 5 most connected airports

The OAG International Megahubs Index 2018 has ranked Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 12th in its Top 20 most connected airports worldwide. Email Photo

KUALA LUMPUR: The OAG International Megahubs Index 2018 ranked Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 12th in its Top 20 most connected airports worldwide, while for the Asia-Pacific, it is ranked 3rd.

The index which grades airports according to the highest ratio of scheduled international connections to the number of destinations served, placed Singapore’s Changi in 8th place, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International in 10th, Hong Kong International in 13th and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi in 14th place.

In the International Low-Cost Megahubs section, ongoing low-cost airport infrastructure development, route network expansions and seat capacity growth enabled KLIA, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International and Singapore’s Changi to retain the Top 3 global rankings.

However, eyes are starting to turn towards Beijing Daxing International Airport, scheduled to open as the world’s biggest airport in 2019.

“Robust demand for international air travel is making Asia-Pacific a pivotal region for connecting flights. Asia’s dominance is clear to see, but we are likely to see some interesting movements when the new Beijing airport opens,” said regional sales director JAPAC for OAG, Mayur Patel, in a statement.

At the forefront of the travel market for years, OAG has the world’s largest network of air travel data including the definitive schedules database of more than 980 airlines and the most extensive flight status information database in the market, tracking 96 per cent of commercial flights.

Source: New Strait TImes