Atlanta, Beijing and Dubai are the world’s busiest airports

Atlanta airport

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) continues to be the busiest airfield in the world, handling an estimated 104 million passengers in 2016, according to an annual report by industry group Airports Council International (ACI).

Passenger traffic at ATL grew 2.6 per cent between 2015 and 2016 as the airport retained its long-held crown as the world leader in airport passenger traffic. Beijing (PEK) held the second spot, while Dubai (DXB) continued to be the world’s third-busiest airport (and the leading airport for international travel). Traffic at PEK grew 5 per cent to over 94 million passengers, but a slower growth rate at Beijing combined with expanded fleet operations by Delta Air Lines at its Atlanta hub helped ATL retain its top spot in the ACI rankings.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) rode 8 per cent passenger growth to become the fourth-busiest airport in 2016, up from seventh place in 2015 and bumping Chicago/O’Hare (ORD) down to sixth position. The increase in traffic at LAX was reflective of strong grown in trans-Pacific air travel overall, especially between China and North America. Tokyo/Haneda (HND) rounded out the top-5 rankings by ACI.

Overall, 1.4 billion passengers traveled through the world’s 20 busiest airports in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent compared to 2015. Total international passengers rose 6.6 per cent.

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  • Ronald

    Thank you for sharing the latest statistics of the busiest airports on the globe, Mr.Curley.

    However, if you’re referring Tokyo Haneda International Airport, the Tokyo/Narita (HND) should be corrected to Tokyo/Haneda (HND) in the sentence,”Tokyo/Narita (HND) rounded out the top-5 rankings by ACI.”

    • curleybob

      Thanks and sorry for the error!

  • Jason Bird

    I remember the days when LHR was included in the top 5, AND when it was the worlds busiest international airport. Those days are long gone, thanks to the shortsightedness of the Tory Government, and its obsession with sticking with god awful Heathrow location.

    It’s time London got a brand new four to six runway airport out in the Thames Estuary, where it will have room to grow for years to come, while not blighting the lives of half of Londoners.

  • Thank you for that, I have corrected it.

  • Lordkent

    This is just a Statistic..Because you handle most passengers, does not mean you are the busiest. Over 90% of ATL passengers dont need Immigration or Custom facilities, around 75% are Domestic to Domestic so no need for Security, Check-in or Baggage collection arrangements. Around half ATL Passengers now dont even travel with checked luggage, so no Baggage Ground Handling needed. PEK is also mainly Domestic whilst DXB is over 80% Connecting all requiring less space and servicing.

    As for downsizing LHR and opening a New Airport in a remote Location, Montreal realised this does not always work, but for 25 years was the city with The Largest International Airport in The World.. Contact me if you want to buy a Modern Remote Airport with virtually no passengers. http://www.worldabandoned.com/montreal-mirabel