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The World’s Busiest Airport Happens To Be In The United States, Take A Guess!

By Kelsey Marie

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For the 21st time in a row, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been rated the busiest passenger airport in the world. Last year alone Hartsfield-Jackson had over 107 million passengers flying through the A-town airport.

According to the Airports Council International’s world traffic report, released on September 16, there was a 3.3% increase in passenger traffic in Atlanta this year.

The ACI World Director General Angela Gittens stated in a news release, “The World Airport Traffic Report shows that even as smaller airports around the world continue to make strong gains, the largest hub airports continue to grow. There were 16 airports handing more than 40 million passengers per annum in 2008 and there are now 54.”

According to CNN, Hartsfield is within a two-hour flight of 80% of the United States population of more than 300 people. It is also a connecting hub and means of entry into the U.S.

For these reasons, Atlanta is dominating the passenger market.

Since 2017, there has been no change in the rankings of the top three passenger airports globally.


Beijing Capital International Airport comes in second place, having almost 101 million passengers through its airport last year and increasing growth by 5.4%.

Dubai Airport lands the 3rd place spot, handling 89 million passengers and growing by 1% since last year. Dubai also ranked amongst London’s Heathrow and Hong Kong International Airport for most international passenger traffic.

When it comes to most aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings), Chicago O’Hare International Airport takes the number 1 spot. In 2018, O’Hare had almost 904,000 movements while Atlanta had 895,000.

Here are the top 20 busiest airports in the world:

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Georgia, US) — 107.4 million passengers

2. Beijing Capital International Airport (China) — 101 million passengers

3. Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates) — 89.1 million passengers

4. Los Angeles International Airport (California, US) — 87.5 million passengers

5. Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (Japan) — 86.9 million passengers

6. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (Illinois, US) — 83.2 million passengers

7. London’s Heathrow Airport (United Kingdom) — 80.1 million passengers

8. Hong Kong International Airport (China) — 74.5 million passengers

9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China) — 74 million passengers

10. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (France) — 72.2 million passengers

11. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands) — 71 million passengers

12. New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (India) — 69.9 million passengers

13. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (China) — 69.7 million passengers

14. Frankfurt Airport (Germany) — 69.5 million passengers

15. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Texas, US) — 69.1 million passengers

16. Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport (Turkey) — 68.4 million passengers

17. Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (South Korea) — 68.4 million passengers

18. Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Indonesia) — 65.7 million passengers

19. Singapore Changi Airport (Singapore) — 65.6 million passengers

20. Denver International Airport (Colorado, US) — 64.5 million passengers

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Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie

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