World’s Busiest Airport? It’s Atlanta (Again)

A statue of a busines traveler at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International

By Jesse Sokolow on 20 September 2018
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While it may seem that airports are getting busier, that may not always be the case.

The world’s busiest airport – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International – saw close to 104 million passengers last year, allowing it to hold that title for yet another year.

Indeed, two of the world’s five busiest airports are in the United States – the other was Los Angeles International Airport – but the busiest, Atlanta, was slightly less busy than in previous years, with passenger traffic down 0.3%.

This is according to the World Airport Traffic Report, released Thursday by Airports Council International.

Overall, there was good news for those in the airline and airport biz. Worldwide passenger traffic increased 7.5% to 8.3 billion last year, while the number of international passengers was up 8.6%.

Hartsfield-Jackson, which offers international service with North America and to multiple countries in Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, has been the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998.

Other airports in the top ten include

2.)       Beijing Capital International Airport – 96 million
3.)       Dubai International Airport  – 88 million
4.)       Tokyo Haneda International Airport – 85 million
5.)       Los Angeles International Airport  – 84.6 million
6.)       Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport  – 80 million
7.)       London Heathrow Airport – 78 million
8.)       Hong Kong International Airport  – 73 million
9.)       Shanghai Pudong International Airport  – 70 million
10.)     Aéroport de Paris-Charles de Gaulle– 69 million

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