While the Honolulu airport gets only 30 percent as much air traffic as New York’s Kennedy International Airport, the new model predicts that it is nearly as influential in terms of contagion because of where it fits in the air transportation network: its location in the Pacific Ocean and its many connections to distant, large, well-connected hubs makes it third in terms of contagion-spreading influence.
- New York’s Kennedy Airport is ranked first by the model.
- Followed by airports in Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco, Newark, Chicago (O’Hare), and Washington (Dulles).
- Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which is first in number of flights, ranks 8th in contagion influence.
- Boston’s Logan International Airport ranks 15th.
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