There are tens of thousands of airports around the world – some are busy, some are quiet, and others are abandoned… This article takes a look at the ten busiest airports in the world. They come from a variety of countries, and will host millions of passengers each year. These statistics come from Airport Council International’s 2016 airport traffic report. For the full guide, click here. Read on for the top ten – where will the busiest airport be?!
10. Charles de Gaulle Airport – Paris, France (65m)
Europe’s second biggest airport and France’s biggest, 65m passengers make their way through the gates at the Charles de Gaulle Airport. Air France is the biggest operator at this airport.
9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport – Shanghai, China (66m)
One of China’s biggest airports comes in at 9th. 66m passengers use this airport each year, with the useful location of the airport facilitating this huge number. The likes of Air China and Spring Airlines frequent this airport.
8. Hong Kong International Airport – Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong (70m)
Hong Kong International Airport is the main airport of Hong Kong. The airport is located on an island. The airport opened in 1998 and acts as an important gateway to both mainland China and the rest of the continent of Asia.
7. Heathrow Airport – London, England (75m)
Heathrow Airport is the biggest airport in Europe – with 75m passengers using it annually. The airport has hundreds of outbound destinations, with British Airways based at the airport. There are plans for an expansion of the airport.
6. O’Hare International Airport – Illinois, USA (78m)
Located in Chicago, Illinois – the O’Hare International Airport welcomes an enormous 78m passengers each year. American Airlines and United Airlines both operate out of O’Hare. In 2014, the airport was the busiest airport in the world for number of takeoffs and landings.
5. Tokyo International Airport – Tokyo, Japan (79m)
Commonly known as Haneda Airport, this is Japan’s biggest airport. The airport hosts both of Japan’s premier airlines. In 2010, the airport opened a dedicated international terminal – helping to increase the number of passengers.
4. Los Angeles International Airport – California, USA (80m)
This airport is America’s second largest. It is commonly known as ‘LAX’. The airport acts as a hub for five airlines – including Delta Air Lines. The airport has hundreds of destinations, and continues to see a rise in passenger numbers.
3. Dubai International Airport – Dubai, UAE (83m)
Dubai International Airport hosts 83m passengers per year, and is the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic. The airport is spread across over 7,000 acres. It is the Middle East’s largest airport.
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2. Beijing Capital International Airport – Beijing, China (94m)
Coming in at runner-up is Beijing Capital International Airport. The number of passengers at this airport has risen significantly in recent years, and shows no signs of stopping. Air China is based at the airport, which is Asia’s biggest airport.
1 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – Atlanta, Georgia (104m)
Atlanta International Airport has held the title of busiest airport since 1998. A colossal 104m passengers pass through the terminals each year. The airport acts as a hub for the South of USA, and covers almost 5,000 acres in land. The airport shows no sign of stopping any time soon!