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Top 10 busiest airports in the world

Top 10 busiest airports in the world

By Sanjay Maurya

With every passing year, traveling by flight is becoming an economical and faster option. These advantages have increased the number of passengers traveling by air to such an extent that some international airports have made their place on the list of largest and busiest airports. Let’s take a look at the top 10 busiest airports in the world.

01 – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport - Wikipedia
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport | Credit Image: Wikipedia
  • Owner – City of Atlanta
  • Operator – Atlanta Department of Aviation
  • Serves – Atlanta metropolitan area
  • Location – Georgia, United States
  • Opened – September 15, 1926 (95 years ago)
  • Hub for – Delta Air Lines
  • Focus city for – Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. More than 110 million passengers traveled through Hartsfield-Jackson in 2019. Monthly the airport handles approximately 56,000 metric tons of mail and cargo. The airport is located 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown in the Atlanta district. It is named after former Atlanta mayors William B. Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson.

  • Total passengers: 75,704,760
  • Compared to 2020: 76.4 percent increase

02 – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas-Fort Worth, USA - Airlines-Airports
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport | Credit Image: Airlines-Airports
  • Owner – Cities of Dallas and Fort Worth
  • Operator – DFW Airport Board
  • Serves – Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex
  • Location – Texas, United States
  • Opened – September 23, 1973(48 years ago)
  • Hub for – American Airlines, Ameriflight, Southern Airways Express, UPS Airlines
  • Focus city for – Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport also known as DFW Airport, the airport is the home and largest hub of American Airlines and serves 23 passenger airlines (10 domestic and 13 foreign). DFW offers flights to 192 domestic and 67 international destinations. The airport serves over 73 million passengers annually. In April 2022, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was ranked as the second-busiest airport in the world with 62.5 million passengers in 2021.

  • Total passengers: 62,465,756
  • Compared to 2020: 58.7 percent increase

03 – Denver International Airport (DIA)

Denver International Airport Revitalizes Engagement and CX | Sprinklr
Denver International Airport Revitalizes Engagement and CX | Credit image: Sprinklr
  • Owner – City & County of Denver
  • Operator – City & County of Denver Department of Aviation
  • Serves – Denver metropolitan area and Front Range Urban Corridor
  • Location – Northeast Denver, Colorado, U.S.
  • Opened – February 28, 1995 (27 years ago)
  • Hub for – Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, Alpine Air Express, Bemidji Airlines
  • Focus city for – Southwest Airlines

Denver International Airport, known locally as DIA, is an international airport in the western United States, primarily serving metropolitan Denver, Colorado, as well as the greater Front Range Urban Corridor. It is the second-biggest airport in the world and the largest airport in North America in terms of land area. it was the fourth airport in the U.S. to exceed 200 destinations. Denver International Airport opened in 1995 and now offers non-stop service to over 215 locations on 25 different airline routes throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

  • Total passengers: 58,828,552
  • Compared to 2020: 74.4 percent increase

04 – Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Studio Gang to design Chicago O'Hare airport terminal
Chicago O’Hare International Airport | Credit Image: Dezeen
  • Owner – City of Chicago
  • Operator – Chicago Department of Aviation
  • Serves – Chicago metropolitan area
  • Location – O’Hare, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Opened – February 1944[1]
  • Hub for – American Airlines, United Airlines
  • Focus city for- Polar Air Cargo, Spirit Airlines
  • Elevation AMSL – 668 ft / 204 m

O’Hare International Airport, located in northwest Chicago, is the largest airport in the United States. In 2017, 79,828,183 passengers passed through O’Hare International, making it the sixth busiest airport in the world. It is home to the largest United Airlines hub, both in terms of annual passengers and daily flights.

Gaining pride as the world’s busiest airport from 1963 to 1998, O’Hare rose to prominence during the jet age; Today, it is the fourth busiest airport in the world by the number of passengers, serving 54 million passengers in 2021.

  • Total passengers: 54,020,399
  • Compared to 2020: 75.1 percent increase

05 – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) | Credit Image: AECOM
  • Owner/Operator – Los Angeles World Airports
  • Serves – Greater Los Angeles
  • Location – Westchester, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Opened – 1 October 1928
  • Hub for – Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Polar Air Cargo, United Airlines
  • Focus city for – Allegiant Air
  • JetBlue – Southwest Airlines
  • Elevation AMSL – 128 ft / 39 m

Los Angeles International Airport is one of the world’s largest airports, handling tens of millions of passengers and millions of tons of freight annually. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the fourth busiest airport in the world and the second busiest in the United States, based on the number of passengers. In 2018, 78.5 million passengers used LAX.

In 2019, Los Angeles International Airport handled 88,068,013 passengers, making it the third busiest in the world and the second busiest in the United States after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.LAX is a major international gateway to the United States as well as a connection point (such as East and Southeast Asia, Australasia, Mexico, and Central America).

  • Total passengers: 48,007,284
  • Compared to 2020: 66.8 percent increase

06 – Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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Charlotte RNC preparations Charlotte Douglas airport | Credit Image: wcnc.com
  • Owner – City of Charlotte
  • Operator – Charlotte Aviation Department
  • Serves – Charlotte metropolitan area
  • Location – North Carolina, U.S.
  • Opened – 1935
  • Hub for – American Airlines
  • Elevation AMSL – 748 ft / 228 m

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is an international airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, located approximately six miles west of the city’s central business district. The airport, which is operated by Charlotte’s aviation department, has a total land area of 5,558 acres (2,249 ha). In 2019, Charlotte Douglas International airport was the 11th busiest airport in the United States in terms of passenger traffic, having processed more than 50 million passengers, and in 2021 Charlotte Douglas International airport grew into the sixth busiest airport in the United States.

  • Total passengers: 43,302,230
  • Compared to 2020: 59.2 percent increase

07 – Orlando International Airport

Photos at Orlando International Airport (MCO) - Airport in Orlando
Orlando International Airport | Credit Image: Airport in Orlando
  • Owner/Operator – Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
  • Serves – Greater Orlando
  • Location – Orlando, Florida, United States
  • Hub for – Silver Airways
  • Focus city for – Avelo Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines
  • Elevation AMSL – 96 ft / 29 m

Orlando International Airport is a major public airport located 6 miles southeast of Downtown Orlando, Florida. It was the busiest airport in the state and the sixth busiest in the country in 2021, handling 19,618,838 passengers. With more than 850 daily flights on 44 airlines, the airport also serves as a significant international entry point for the mid-Florida region. Additionally, 135 local and foreign destinations are served by the airport.

  • Total passengers: 40,351,068
  • Compared to 2020: 86.7 percent increase

08 – Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Guangzhou Baiyun to add terminal, two runways in latest expansion | News | Flight Global

  • Owner – Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Co. Ltd.
  • Operator – Guangdong Airport Authority
  • Serves – Guangzhou and Foshan
  • Location – Baiyun–Huadu Districts, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Opened – 5 August 2004
  • Hub for – 9 Air, China Southern Airlines, FedEx Express, Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines
  • Focus city for – China Eastern Airlines
  • Elevation AMSL – 15 m / 49 ft

The major airport of Guangzhou, the capital of Southern China’s Guangdong province, is Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. China Southern Airlines, FedEx Express, 9 Air, Hainan Airlines, and Shenzhen Airlines all have hubs at Baiyun Airport. With 40.2 million passengers handled, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport ranked seventh in the world in terms of airport traffic in 2021. It was also the busiest airport outside of the United States and the busiest in China.

  • Total passengers: 40,259,401
  • Compared to 2020: 8.0 percent decrease

09 – Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport | Credit Image: Secure Land Communications
  • Operator – Sichuan Province Airport Group Co., Ltd.
  • Serves – Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Location – Shuangliu–Wuhou
  • Opened – 1938
  • Hub for – Air China, Chengdu Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Lucky Air, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Tibet Airlines
  • Elevation AMSL – 495 m / 1,624 ft

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is located 16km southwest of Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China. Shuangliu airport is an important aviation hub for Western China. Shuangliu Airport handled 55.9 million passengers in 2019, one of the 25 busiest airports in the world – in 2019, the fourth busiest in mainland China and the busiest in western China. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is now the third city in the nation to boast two international airports.

  • Total passengers: 40,117,496
  • Compared to 2020: a 1.5 percent decrease

10 – Harry Reid International Airport

Harry Reid International Airport - Wikipedia
Harry Reid International Airport | Credit Image: Wikipedia
  • Owner – Clark County Commission
  • Operator – Clark County Department of Aviation
  • Serves – Las Vegas Valley, Southern Utah, Southern Nevada, Northern Arizona
  • Location – Paradise, Nevada, United States
  • Focus city for – Allegiant Air, Global Crossing Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JSX, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
  • Elevation AMSL – 2,181 ft / 665 m

The main government airport for public use in the Las Vegas Valley, a metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Nevada, is Harry Reid International Airport in Paradise, Nevada. It is located about 5 miles south of Downtown Las Vegas. The airport has four runways and two passenger terminals. The airport serves as a base for Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Spirit Airlines. It is the US busiest airport that is not a hub for any airline.

  • Total passengers: 39,754,366
  • Compared to 2020: 78.6 percent increase

FAQ

Which are the top 10 busiest airports in the World?

The top 10 busiest airports in the World are as follows: –

  1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  2. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  3. Denver International Airport
  4. Chicago O’Hare International Airport
  5. Los Angeles International Airport
  6. Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  7. Orlando International Airport
  8. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
  9. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
  10. Harry Reid International Airport

Which are the top 5 busiest airports in India?

The top 5 busiest airports in India are as follows: –

  1. Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
  2. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM)
  3. Kempegowda International Airport (BLR)
  4. Chennai International Airport (MAA)
  5. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU)

Which are the 10 biggest (land-wise) airports in the world?

The 10 biggest (land-wise) airports in the world are as follows: –

  1. King Fahd International Airport
  2. Denver International Airport
  3. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
  4. Orlando International Airport
  5. Washington Dulles International Airport
  6. Beijing Daxing International Airport
  7. George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  8. Shanghai Pudong International Airport
  9. Cairo International Airport
  10. Suvarnabhumi Airport

Which is the busiest airport in the world?

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. More than 110 million passengers traveled through Hartsfield-Jackson in 2019.

  • Total passengers: 75,704,760
  • Compared to 2020: 76.4 percent increase

Which are the top 10 countries for tourists?

The top 10 countries for tourists are as follows: –

  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • France
  • Australia
  • Thailand
  • New Zealand
  • Switzerland
  • Mexico
  • Turkey

Which are the top 10 Unique Airports in the world?

The top 10 Unique Airports in the world are as follows: –

  1. Princess Juliana International Airport
  2. King Abdulaziz International Airport
  3. Don Mueang International Airport
  4. Changi Airport Singapore
  5. Wellington International Airport
  6. Congonhas-São Paulo Airport
  7. Gibraltar International Airport
  8. King Fahd International Airport
  9. Kansai International Airport
  10. Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport

What is the top 10 most visited country in the world?

The top 10 most visited countries in the world are as follows: –

  1. France – 90.0 million
  2. Spain – 83.7 million
  3. United States – 79.3 million
  4. China – 65.7 million
  5. Italy – 64.5 million
  6. Turkey – 51.2 million
  7. Mexico – 45.0 million
  8. Thailand – 39.8 million
  9. Germany – 39.6 million
  10. United Kingdom – 39.4 million

Which is the strongest country in 2022?

  1. United States
  2. China
  3. Russia
  4. Germany
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Japan
  7. France
  8. South Korea
  9. Saudi Arabia
  10. United Arab Emirates

What are the 10 most powerful passports?

The 10 most powerful passports are as follows: –

  1. Japan
  2. Singapore
  3. South Korea
  4. Germany
  5. Spain
  6. Italy
  7. Finland
  8. Luxembourg
  9. Austria
  10. Denmark

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