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America’s Most Connected Airports

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Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport remains the most connected airport in the nation, according to OAG‘s 2019 Megahubs Index.

The U.K.-based air travel intelligence company’s list ranks domestic airports based on the highest ratio of possible scheduled connections to the number of destinations served by that airport.

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OAG found that, on the busiest day this year, a total of 83,580 possible connections were possible between domestic scheduled flights within a three hour time window at O’Hare, representing a 2 percent jump from last year.
Globally, O’Hare ranks third behind only London Heathrow Airport and Germany’s Frankfurt Airport.

airlines/atlanta-is-the-worlds-busiest-airport-once-again.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>The world’s busiest airport, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International ranks second for connectivity in the U.S., followed by a pair of American Airlines hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport. DFW is up one spot in 2019, overtaking CLT for third.

Denver International Airport, where United Airlines is the dominant carrier operating more than half of all flights, rounds out the top five most connected airports domestically.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport; Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport; Los Angeles International Airport; Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport complete the top 10.

PHOTO: The main hall inside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (photo via SeanPavonePhoto/iStock Editorial/Getty Images Plus)

Boston’s 15th-ranked Logan International Airport is unique in that, like LAX (American Airlines), its dominant carrier (JetBlue) operates less than one-third of all flights.

In New York City, LaGuardia Airport is the most connected, ranking 14th and nine spots above nearby Newark Liberty International Airport. Meanwhile, both Washington, D.C. airports cracked the top 25, with Washington Dulles International ranking 20th, two spots higher than Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

A pair of Hawaiian airports also made the cut. Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport ranks 19th nationwide while Maui’s Kahului Airport checks in at 24th. However, Honolulu and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport were the biggest fallers in this year’s rankings.

Other top 25 finishers include Philadelphia International; Salt Lake City International; San Francisco International; Dallas Love Field; Chicago Midway International; Las Vegas’ McCarran International and Baltimore-Washington International.

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Delta Air Lines Upgrades Health, Safety Guidelines

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As travel restrictions are lifted, Delta Air Lines has implemented a series of health protocols to keep passengers safe as they fly again during the coronavirus outbreak and moving forward.

From the time customers check-in for their flights until they collect their bags at the final destination, Delta officials claim the company’s main focus has shifted to the health and safety of passengers.

In the airport, travelers will notice check-in lobbies, self-service kiosks, gate counters and baggage claim are thoroughly wiped down throughout the day, while electrostatic spraying will take place in the planes and throughout terminals.

In addition, Delta continues to install plexiglass shields at check-in counters, in Delta Sky Clubs and at gate counters throughout the United States. Social distance markers will also be added at all of the airports served by the airline.

Hand sanitizer stations will also become easily accessible throughout the facilities.

“The (travel) experience is a very comfortable, a very safe experience, we have taken actions, even above and beyond what the CDC has recommended to ensure safety,” Delta Chief Customer Experience Officer Bill Lentsch said in a statement.

As for the actual onboard experience, Delta is now boarding passengers back to front and limiting it to 10 customers at a time to minimize your contact with others. The carrier is also blocking middle seats, adjusting capacity numbers and requiring face coverings.

Before passengers board the planes, cleaning crews complete an extensive checklist of procedures using high-grade disinfectant to wipe down personal and common areas of the cabin.

Delta also temporarily streamlined food and beverage offerings to reduce touchpoints, with snack bags given out during the first pass through the cabin by flight attendants.

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