ISAVIA: More connectivity more prosperity


A new airport accessibility report published by the Airport Council International Airport (ACI) today states that Keflavik Airport has the largest increase in connectivity since 2008.

The report of ACI is published in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting of the Association which began in Brussels today.

The EU Aviation Strategy launched by Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc in December 2015 put a spotlight on the value of air connectivity for citizens and for the economy.

ACI EUROPE uses data harvested by SEO Amsterdam Economics to measure and analyse the level & quality of air connectivity in 3 key metrics:

Direct Connectivity – the number of direct air services offered by an airport

Indirect connectivity – this measures the number of places people can fly on to, through a connecting flight at hub airport from a particular airport.

Hub connectivity – 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.


Frankfurt Airport is now the No.1 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%) 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%).


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%


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% over the preceding year.

Amsterdam Schiphol also remains No.2 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.

ACI EUROPE is the European region of Airports Council International (ACI), the only worldwide professional association of airport operators. ACI EUROPE represents over 500 airports in 45 European countries. Our members facilitate over 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe: 2 billion passengers, 20 million tonnes of freight and 23.7 million aircraft movements in 2016. These airports contribute to the employment of 12.3 million people, generating €675 billion each year (4.1%) of GDP in Europe.


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