The 10 Busiest Airports In The World

Passengers waiting at the Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom. It is the world's 7th busiest airport. Editorial credit: Ceri Breeze / Shutterstock.com

Air is the safest, fastest, and most efficient transportation means. According to Statista, airlines and airports are increasingly becoming busier, with the number of flights globally reaching 38.9 million in 2019 from 25.9 million in 2009.?

When ranked by passenger traffic (the number of people using the airport in a given period), here are the world's 10 busiest airports by passenger traffic:

  1. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport - 110,531,300
  2. Beijing Capital International Airport - 100,011,438
  3. Los Angeles International Airport - 88,068,013
  4. Dubai International Airport - 86,396,757
  5. Tokyo Haneda Airport - 85,505,054
  6. O'Hare International Airport - 84,372,618
  7. Heathrow Airport - 80,888,305
  8. Shanghai Pudong International Airport - 76,153,455
  9. Charles de Gaulle Airport - 76,150,009
  10. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport - 75,066,956

1. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, United States

Aerial view of Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Editorial credit: Thomas Barrat / Shutterstock.com

Atlanta Airport was the world’s busiest airport every year between 1998 and 2019, serving over 110 million passengers in 2019. It is located 11 kilometers south of Atlanta and is the city’s main international airport. ATL occupies 19.2 square kilometers and has five runways. It is Delta Air Lines’ primary hub. Delta hub is the world’s largest airline hub, with over 1,000 daily flights to 225 destinations. Also, ATL has international services on all continents. The airport is also an international gateway to the US, ranking 7th by international passenger traffic.

2. Beijing Capital International Airport, China

Passengers at passport control of arrival hall Beijing Capital Airport in China. Editorial credit: SIHASAKPRACHUM / Shutterstock.com

Beijing Capital International Airport is located 32 kilometers away from Beijing. It is Asia’s busiest airport by passenger traffic and has been the world’s 2nd busiest since 2010. In 2012, it registered over 557,000 aircraft movement, the world’s 6th highest. In 2019, Beijing Capital served about 100 million passengers. Beijing is China’s capital and the second-most populous city after Shanghai. It also connects China to the rest of the world.

3. Los Angeles International Airport, United States

Dusk scene at the Los Angeles International Airport.Editorial credit: Angel DiBilio / Shutterstock.com

LAX primarily serves Los Angeles and the surrounding region. Los Angeles is the US’s second-most populous city and North America’s third, with over 4 million people. The international airport is located 30 kilometers southwest of the CBD, specifically in the Westchester neighborhood. In 2019, LAX served 88.1 million passengers. It is a major entry point into the US and a connection point to various destinations globally. The airport occupies 14 square kilometers and has four runways.

4. Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates

Inside Dubai International Airport. Editorial credit: Sorbis / Shutterstock.com

DXB primarily serves Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It is the world’s 4th busiest airport by passenger traffic and ranks top by international passenger traffic. In 2019, the airport handled 86.4 million passengers. DXB is located in the Al Garhoud District, about 4.5 kilometers east of Dubai, and occupies 29 square kilometers of land. It is a hub for the Emirates Airline, Middle East’s largest airline hub. In 2018, about 68% of the passengers who used the airport were connecting to other destinations. Dubai is also a major tourist and shopping destination, as well as expatriates.

5. Tokyo Haneda Airport, Japan

All Nippon Airlines aircraft parked at Tokyo's Haneda Airport in front of Mount Fuji at sunrise. Editorial credit: PAUL ATKINSON / Shutterstock.com

Haneda Airport is one of two primary international airports serving the Greater Tokyo Area. It is home to All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, as well as other international airlines. HDN is located some 15 kilometers away from Tokyo Station, in Ota. In 2019, it served over 85.5 million passengers, making it the world’s 5th busiest airport by passenger traffic. The airport handles almost all domestic flights from and to Tokyo and offers nonstop services to 17 countries. Tokyo is the world’s most populous city.

6. O'Hare International Airport, United States

Inside the O'Hare International Airport. Editorial credit: Songquan Deng / Shutterstock.com

O’Hara is located 23 kilometers west of Downtown Chicago and covers 30.87 square kilometers. It is the US's 3rd busiest airport, serving 84.4 million passengers in 2019. As of 2018, the airport had 228 nonstop flights to all the continents, including Oceania. In 2019, it served 919,704 aircraft, an average of 2,520 daily. O’Hare is a major hub for American Airlines and United Airlines. The jet airliners played a key role in driving traffic to O’Hare.

7. Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom

?View of airplanes from British Airways (BA) at the T5 Terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport. Editorial credit: EQRoy / Shutterstock.com

Heathrow Airport is Europe’s busiest airport by passenger traffic. It is the world’s 2nd busiest airport by international passenger traffic. In 2019, Heathrow Airport served about 80 million passengers and recorded over 475,000 aircraft movement. It serves the London region, one of the world’s most populous regions. Heathrow is located 23 kilometers west of Central London and is British Airway’s primary hub.

8. Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China

Passenger queue in front of the check-in counter at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Editorial credit: Evgeny Bakhchev / Shutterstock.com

Pudong Airport is the world’s 8th largest airport by both land size and passenger traffic. It occupies 39.9 square kilometers. It served 76.1 million passengers in 2019 and is East Asia’s major aviation hub, serving primarily international flights to and from the region. It serves as a major hub for Shanghai Airlines and China Eastern Airlines, as well as China Southern Airlines’ secondary hub. It is also mainland China’s international gateway.

9. Charles de Gaulle Airport, France

Passengers waiting at the Charles de Gaulle Airport. Editorial credit: nbnserge / Shutterstock.com

Charles de Gaulle Airport is France’s largest international airport, located within Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-d’Oise, and Seine-et-Marne. It is Air France’s primary hub and a destination for major carriers such as Sky Team and Star Alliance. In 2019, the airport served about 76 million passengers and facilitated the movement of around 498,175 aircraft. The airport’s high traffic is mainly because of the numerous direct flights it offers to most countries.

10. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, United States

Tail wings of American Airlines lined up in a row at their gates at the?Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.Editorial credit: Pat Stornebrink / Shutterstock.com

DFW Airport is the world’s 4th biggest airport by area, 3rd busiest by aircraft movement, and 10th by passenger traffic. In 2019, it served 75 million passengers, setting a new record in its history. It is American Airlines’ principal hub, world’s second-largest airline hub after Delta hub. DFW Airport is one of the largest international gateways to the US, servicing 260 destinations, including 193 domestic and 67 international destinations. The airport is located in Fort Worth and Dallas and spans over 69.63 square kilometers.

The US is Home To 4 Of The Busiest Airports

The US is home to four of the ten world’s busiest airports by passenger traffic, including Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The country has the highest number of airline users. In 2019, the US-registered over 926 million flight passengers. On average, 2.5 million people fly into, out of, or within the US. It also has the largest aircraft fleet, with about 6,703 fleets of aircraft.?

The 50 Busiest Airports In The World

RankAirportTotal passengers (2019)LocationCountry
1Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport110,531,300Atlanta, GeorgiaUnited States
2Beijing Capital International Airport100,011,438Chaoyang-Shunyi, BeijingChina
3Los Angeles International Airport88,068,013Los Angeles, CaliforniaUnited States
4Dubai International Airport86,396,757Garhoud, DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
5Tokyo Haneda Airport85,505,054ōta, TokyoJapan
6O'Hare International Airport84,372,618Chicago, IllinoisUnited States
7Heathrow Airport80,888,305Hillingdon, LondonUnited Kingdom
8Shanghai Pudong International Airport76,153,455Pudong, ShanghaiChina
9Charles de Gaulle Airport76,150,009Roissy-en-France, ?le-de-FranceFrance
10Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport75,066,956Dallas-Fort Worth, TexasUnited States
11Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport73,378,475Baiyun-Huadu, Guangzhou, GuangdongChina
12Amsterdam Airport Schiphol71,706,999Haarlemmermeer, North HollandNetherlands
13Hong Kong International Airport71,415,245Chek Lap Kok, New TerritoriesHong Kong SAR, China
14Seoul Incheon International Airport71,204,153IncheonSouth Korea
15Frankfurt Airport70,556,072Frankfurt, HesseGermany
16Denver International Airport69,015,703Denver, ColoradoUnited States
17Indira Gandhi International Airport68,490,731DelhiIndia
18Singapore Changi Airport68,283,000Changi, East RegionSingapore
19Suvarnabhumi Airport65,421,844Bang Phli, Samut PrakanThailand
20John F. Kennedy International Airport62,551,072Queens, New York, New YorkUnited States
21Kuala Lumpur International Airport62,336,469Sepang, SelangorMalaysia
22Madrid Barajas Airport61,707,469Barajas, MadridSpain
23San Francisco International Airport57,418,574San Mateo County, CaliforniaUnited States
24Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport55,858,552Shuangliu-Wuhou, Chengdu, SichuanChina
25Soekarno–Hatta International Airport54,496,625Tangerang, BantenIndonesia
26Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport52,931,925Bao'an, Shenzhen, GuangdongChina
27Barcelona–El Prat Airport52,663,623BarcelonaSpain
28Istanbul Airport52,192,629Arnavutk?y, IstanbulTurkey
29Seattle–Tacoma International Airport51,829,239SeaTac, WashingtonUnited States
30McCarran International Airport51,691,066Las Vegas, NevadaUnited States
31Orlando International Airport50,613,072Orlando, FloridaUnited States
32Toronto Pearson International Airport50,496,804Mississauga, OntarioCanada
33Benito Juárez International Airport50,308,049Venustiano Carranza, Mexico CityMexico
34Charlotte Douglas International Airport50,168,783Charlotte, North CarolinaUnited States
35Sheremetyevo International Airport49,932,752Khimki, Moscow OblastRussia
36Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport48,689,372Dayuan, TaoyuanTaiwan
37Kunming Changshui International Airport48,076,238Guandu, Kunming, YunnanChina
38Munich Airport47,941,348Freising, BavariaGermany
39Ninoy Aquino International Airport47,898,046Pasay/Para?aque, Metro ManilaPhilippines
40Xi'an Xianyang International Airport47,220,547Weicheng, Xianyang, ShaanxiChina
41Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport47,055,740Mumbai, MaharashtraIndia
42London Gatwick Airport46,576,473Crawley, West SussexUnited Kingdom
43Newark Liberty International Airport46,336,452Newark, New JerseyUnited States
44Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport46,287,790Phoenix, ArizonaUnited States
45Miami International Airport45,924,466Miami-Dade County, FloridaUnited States
46Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport45,637,882Changning-Minhang, ShanghaiChina
47George Bush Intercontinental Airport44,990,399Houston, TexasUnited States
48Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport44,786,722Yubei, ChongqingChina
49Sydney Kingsford-Smith Airport44,446,838Mascot, New South WalesAustralia
50Narita International Airport44,340,847Narita, ChibaJapan
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