Discover the Top 10 most connected airports in Europe

Your guide to Europe's most connected airports

Take advantage of the list below to plan your next international vacation

In the modern era of travel, connectivity has evolved from a luxury to a vital necessity. Well-connected airports now stand as pivotal hubs, facilitating smooth transitions between international destinations, offering many flight options, and minimising layover times.

While the data we present focuses on the number of connections available at these airports, it doesn't necessarily reflect the overall connectivity of the cities they serve, as many cities have multiple airports, contributing to a broader connectivity matrix.

As a leading private jet service provider, we are thrilled to guide you through Europe's most connected airports based on a comprehensive report by the renowned aviation analytics team at Cirium.

Join us on this insightful journey as we explore Europe's most well-connected airports as you explore bustling commercial flight hubs and vital private jet operations centres.

Number 1: Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany

A global powerhouse

Germany's Frankfurt Airport managed to secure the number one spot on this list as it offered connections to 330 airports across the globe this past year. Dozens of airlines fly to the world's most connected airport every year.

Notably, the airport is a hub for the German air carrier Lufthansa, making up a significant portion of the airport's international traffic.

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Number 2: Istanbul Airport (IST), Turkey

Bridging the East and West

Trailing closely behind Frankfurt Airport is Istanbul Airport, which offered a connection to 309 airports around the world last year. Istanbul has been a crossroads for trade and transportation between the East and the West for centuries. Today, it continues to serve as a vital connection for trade and transportation even as transportation technology improves.

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Number 3: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), France

A global gateway

Charles de Gaulle Airport, located in Paris France, took third place last year as it connected passengers with 308 airports. The airport serves as an essential connection within Europe while also connecting passengers to other continents. France's flagship carrier, Air France, is one of the largest operators at the airport, including the popular route to New York.

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Number 4: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), Netherlands

A beacon of connectivity

Another large European airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, connected its passengers with 293 airports. This airport provides a vital connection between Europe and other continents. Over 400 direct flights per week connect Schiphol with Dubai as this is the most frequently flown international route from the airport (AMS). Schiphol Airport is primarily serviced by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, with the popular direct flights to Dubai being operated by Pegasus, Turkish Airlines and Fly Dubai.

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Number 5: Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO), Italy

Your Mediterranean gateway

Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, located in Rome is a significant gateway to the Mediterranean, connects to 239 airports globally. The Mediterranean hub continues to be a vital link between neighbouring cities, countries, and continents. Operated by United Airline, the airport offers 13 weekly direct flights to New York J.F.K Airport or the same number of weekly direct flights to Chicago, making it the most frequented routes for the airport.

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Number 6: Vienna International Airport (VIE), Austria

Austria's premier connection

Home to Austrian Airlines, Vienna International Airport offers connections to 221 airports worldwide. One of the busiest route 397 direct flights per week isVienna and Shanghai, which showcases the airport's significant role in European connectivity.

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Number 7: Munich Airport (MUC), Germany

A hub of innovation

Munich's Franz Josef Straus Airport, the second German airport to make this list, boasted connections to 216 airports last year. Serving as a major hub for Lufthansa, it facilitates numerous flights to various global destinations, including popular routes to North American destinations as well as serving Asian destinations. With 14 direct flights per week to Bangkok, Thailand, Munich Airport is a hub connecting multiple continents at once.

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Number 8: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD), Spain

Your link to Latin America

Offering connections to 214 airports, Madrid-Barajas stands as a vital link to Latin America. The longest flight from this airport connects it with Santiago de Compostel Airport. This route is operated 28 times per week, with another popular route being to Miami, a gateway to the Americas.

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Number 9: London Gatwick Airport (LGW), United Kingdom

A hub of diversity

London Gatwick, another jewel in London's crown, connects passengers to 213 destinations worldwide. As the second busiest airport in the UK, it serves as a significant hub for British Airways and easyJet, offering a range of flights to various global destinations. The two lengthiest journeys from London (LGW) are to Cape Town (CPT) and Hanoi (HAN), both with a flight time of 11 hours and 50 minutes.

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Due to operational costs, we recommend arriving at Biggin Hill (BQH), Farnborough (FAB) or London City Airport (LCY). GlobeAir is committed to arranging a seamless transition to your connecting flight at London Gatwick. We prioritise your comfort and efficiency, ensuring a punctual and relaxed continuation of your journey.

Number 10: Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN), Spain

Spain's vibrant aviation hub

Barcelona-El Prat Airport emerges as a bustling gateway, facilitating travel to 210 worldwide airports. Holding the distinction of being Spain's second-largest and second-most frequented airport, it also ranks as the sixth most bustling aviation hub in the European landscape. The two longest journeys departing from Barcelona (BCN) include the route to Santiago (SCL), at approximately 14 hours and 30 minutes, followed closely by the flight to Shenzhen (SZX), which spans a duration of about 13 hours and 30 minutes.

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Choosing well-connected airports is a step towards a journey marked by efficiency and comfort. GlobeAir elevates this experience, offering services that perfectly align with the connectivity features of these top European airports.


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