The Busiest Airport in the World? Why It’s Atlanta (Again)

By Kurt Stolz on 12 April 2022
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Just as the travel industry begins to recover globally, Atlanta has taken the crown as having been the world’s busiest aerodrome in 2021, rebounding after dropping down one spot the previous year.

The world’s busiest airport – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International – saw over 107 million passengers last year, allowing it to hold that title for the 22nd time.  Until 2019, the airport had held the title for 21 years in a row.

This time around, eight U.S. airports were in the top ten, compared to the figures for 2020, when seven of the top ten busiest airports were located in China amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel, although none of this year’s top ten airports have seen traffic return even close to pre-pandemic levels.

The Airport Council International said Monday in its world traffic report that Atlanta saw a 76% increase in passenger traffic compared to the previous year, although figures were still down by 32% compared to 2019.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was the second busiest, and Denver International Airport took third place, having seen 62.5 million and 58.8 million passengers in 2021, respectively.  Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport took fourth place with 54 million passengers and Los Angeles International Airport came in fifth, with 48 million passengers.

The report, which offers a detailed look at airport traffic trends at the world’s major airports, said that worldwide passenger traffic increased by 6.4% to 8.8 billion last year. Air cargo shipments increased by 3.4%.

Other airports in the top ten include

6.)        Charlotte Douglas International Airport – 43.3 million

7.)       Orlando International Airport – 40.4 million

8.)       Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport – 40.3 million

9.)       Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport – 40.1 million

10.)     Harry Reid International Airport (Las Vegas) – 39.8 million

Out of the picture entirely this year were London Heathrow Airport and Aéroport de Paris-Charles de Gaulle, as well as Hong Kong International and Shanghai Pudong International airports.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)


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