The top-ranking airport carried more than 107 million passengers last year.
19 September 2019| Last updated on 14 January 2020
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In a result that will please pilots more than environmentalists, 2018 was a bumper year for plane travel.
According to the Annual World Airport Traffic Report, 2019, 8.8 billion passengers successfully caught their flights last year, a 6.4% increase year-over-year, at more than one flight per person in the world.
Here’s everything you need to know about the world’s busiest airports…
America on top
Without further ado, the world’s busiest airport is… Atlanta.
Europe is relatively well-represented, with London, Paris and Amsterdam all boasting airports loitering around the number 10 mark. South America, Africa, and Oceania don’t make the list at all.
Asia on the charge
It’s not really a surprise anymore, but the megacities of Asia continued to carve a dominant presence in the top 20, and 12 of the top 30 fastest-growing airports hail from either India or China.
Beijing Capital International and Dubai International retained second and third place on the list, while Tokyo Haneda, Hong Kong International, and Shanghai Pudong secured places in the top 10.
Hong Kong International Airport
If you only count international passengers, Dubai International Airport came top of the table, closely followed by London Heathrow. The fastest-growing airport of them all was Bangalore, India, which recorded a whopping 29% increase.
Here’s the top 10 busiest airports in full:
1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, USA – 107.4 million
2. Beijing Capital International Airport, China – 101 million
3. Dubai International Airport, UAE – 89.1 million
4. Los Angeles International Airport, USA – 87.5 million
5. Tokyo Haneda Airport, Japan – 86.9 million
6. Chicago O’Hare International Airport, USA – 83.2 million
Tokyo Haneda brings a major 2001: A Space Odyssey vibe