Aviation

Where did Australia place on Asia-Pacific’s most connected airport?

Daisy Melwani

Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta International Airport (Soekarno-Hatta) has been voted as Asia-Pacific’s most connected airport, following the release of this year’s OAG Megahub Index.

The airport was joined in the top 50 list by 16 other contenders from the Asia-Pacific region.

Earlier this year it was announced the airport, which is the main gateway to Indonesia, is set to undergo major changes over the next five years, building it up to ‘five-star’ status. The five-year plan is set to cost around 30 trillion Rupiah, with the goal of transforming the airport into an international transit hub.

Based on the number of connections available, plus the number of destinations served, Jakarta ranked seventh out of the top 50 Megahub list, marginally pushed out of the top five limelight by six contenders from the USA. On its busiest day, the airport hosted over 40,000 potential connections between flights within six hours, connecting passengers on up to 71 destinations.

Japan was the closest challenger, with Tokyo Haneda Airport coming in second on the top 10 Asian Megahubs list, still 148 points behind Indonesia. Just last month, Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced it had introduced a mass of new flights between Haneda and Kuala Lumpur, which ranked five places behind Japan for Asian Megahubs, and 36th overall.

The top 10 Asian Megahub airports were:

RANK AIRPORT COUNTRY CONNECTIVITY INDEX
1 CGK Indonesia 566
2 HND Japan 418
3 SYD Australia 389
4 DEL India 286
5 SIN Singapore 262
6 BOM India 260
7 HKG Hong Kong 244
8 MEL Australia 237
9 KUL Malaysia 234
10 PEK China 226

 



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