Revealed: These Are The World's Busiest Airports

Revealed: These Are The World’s Busiest Airports

No surprises there - Asian airports dominate the top rankings of the world's busiest airports.

One thing’s for sure: as busy as they already are, airports are slated to only get busier.

With greater purchasing powers globally, a rise of low-cost carriers, the opening of new airports and more, it’s no surprise that more and more people are taking to the skies today. In fact, it is projected that 2019 will set an all-new record for air passengers, with estimates of a 130% increase compared to 2004.

However, just which airport welcomes the most number of passengers each year?

The answer: Atlanta’s international airport. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, USA recorded over 107 million air passengers in 2018, making it the busiest passenger airport for its 21st consecutive year. Impressive.

Around the world, air traffic has ballooned last year, even for “smaller” airports. It is also clear travel trends are leaning towards Asia, with airports in the continent growing at record rates.

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Curious to see which other airport are among the busiest in the world? Here are the top 10, ranked by its air passenger volume in 2018:

10th. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Total passengers in 2018: 72,229,723

9th. Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Total passengers: 74,006,331

8th. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong

Total passengers: 74,517,402

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7th. Heathrow Airport, London

Total passengers: 80,126,320

6th – O’Hare International Airport, Chicago

Total passengers: 83,339,186

5th – Tokyo Haneda Airport, Tokyo

Total passengers: 87,131,973

4th – Los Angeles International Airport, LA

Total passengers: 87,534,384

3rd – Dubai International Airport, Dubai

Total passengers: 89,189,387

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2nd – Beijing Capital International Airport

Total passengers: 100,983,290

1st – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Total passengers: 107,394,029

Which Are Your Favourite Airports?

So, there you have it – 2018’s busiest (though not necessarily most popular) airports. With airports introducing new expansions and services into its premises, it is clear there is a growing need to manage the crowd situation through designing a transit or pre-flight experience that is far more pleasant and appealing.

Which is your favourite – and least favourite – airport?




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