20 of the World’s Busiest Airports

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The Airports Council International (ACI) released its preliminary list of the world’s busiest airports. Together these 20 airports accounted for 18% of worldwide air passenger traffic at over 1.4 billion passengers. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) was number one again, with an increase of 2.6% from 2015 with more than 104 million passengers in 2016.

Beijing Capital International Airport and Dubai International Airport remained in second and third place, respectively. A big surprise was Los Angeles International Airport. It went from 7th in 2015 to 4th place.

Based on total passenger traffic, here is the list of the 20 busiest airports in the world:


No. 1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 104,171,935 passengers in 2016 (USA)

No. 2. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK): 94,393,454 passengers in 2016 (China)

No. 3. Dubai International Airport (DXB): 83,654,250 passengers in 2016 (UAE)

No. 4. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 80,921,527 passengers in 2016 (USA)

No. 5. Tokyo International Airport (HND): 79,699,762 passengers in 2016 (Japan)

No. 6. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD): 77,960,588 passengers in 2016 (USA)

No. 7. Heathrow Airport (LHR): 75,715,474 passengers in 2016 (UK)

No. 8. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG): 70,305,857 passengers in 2016 (China)

No. 9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG): 66,002,414 passengers in 2016 (China)

No. 10. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG): 65,933,145 passengers in 2016 (France)

No. 11. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 65,670,697 passengers in 2016 (USA)

No. 12. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS): 63,625,534 passengers in 2016 (Netherlands)

No. 13. Frankfurt Airport (FRA): 60,786,937 passengers in 2016 (Germany)

No. 14. Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST): 60,119,876 passengers in 2016 (Turkey)

No. 15. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN): 59,732,147 passengers in 2016 (China)

No. 16. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): 58,873,386 passengers in 2016 (USA)

No. 17. Singapore Changi Airport (SIN): 58,698,000 passengers in 2016 (Singapore)

No. 18. Denver International Airport (DEN): 58,266,515 passengers in 2016 (USA)

No. 19. Incheon International Airport (ICN): 57,849,814 passengers in 2016 (South Korea)

No. 20. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK): 55,892,428 passengers in 2016. (Thailand)






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