World’s Busiest Airports - Top 30 Busy Airports in World

The Airports Council International (ACI), which governs roughly 1,650 airports worldwide, released a preliminary list of the world’s busiest airports (numbers 1 through 30) and there were some surprises. Beijing came in #2 behind Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport; Chicago’s O’Hare airport overtook London’s Heathrow for the third spot. ACI’s World Airport Traffic Report - the most comprehensive source of global airport traffic data available on the market is based on traffic data from over 1350 airports. So, this list of the world’s top 30 busy airports is based on traffic reports submitted by a record number of 1354 airports. This list was last updated on August 5, 2010.

World’s Busiest Airports

Rank City (Airport) Total Passengers % Change
1 ATLANTA GA, US (ATL) 88 032 086 ( 2.2)
2 LONDON, GB (LHR) 66 037 578 ( 1.5)
3 BEIJING, CN (PEK) 65 372 012 16.9
4 CHICAGO IL, US (ORD) 64 158 343 ( 6.1)
5 TOKYO, JP (HND) 61 903 656 ( 7.2)
6 PARIS, FR (CDG) 57 906 866 ( 4.9)
7 LOS ANGELES CA, US (LAX) 56 520 843 ( 5.5)
8 DALLAS/FORT WORTH TX, US (DFW) 56 030 457 ( 1.9)
9 FRANKFURT, DE (FRA) 50 932 840 ( 4.7)
10 DENVER CO, US (DEN) 50 167 485 ( 2.1)
11 MADRID, ES (MAD) 48 250 784 ( 5.1)
12 NEW YORK NY, US (JFK) 45 915 069 ( 4.0)
13 HONG KONG, HK (HKG) 45 558 807 ( 4.8)
14 AMSTERDAM, NL (AMS) 43 570 370 ( 8.1)
15 DUBAI, AE (DXB) 40 901 752 9.2
16 BANGKOK, TH (BKK) 40 500 224 4.9
17 LAS VEGAS NV, US (LAS) 40 469 012 ( 6.3)
18 HOUSTON TX, US (IAH) 40 007 354 ( 4.1)
19 PHOENIX AZ, US (PHX) 37 824 982 ( 5.2)
20 SAN FRANCISCO CA, US (SFO) 37 338 942 0.3
21 SINGAPORE, SG (SIN) 37 203 978 ( 1.3)
22 JAKARTA, ID (CGK) 37 143 719 15.2
23 GUANGZHOU, CN (CAN) 37 048 712 10.8
24 CHARLOTTE NC, US (CLT) 34 536 666 ( 0.6)
25 MIAMI FL, US (MIA) 33 886 025 ( 0.5)
26 ROME, IT (FCO) 33 723 213 ( 4.0)
27 ORLANDO FL, US (MCO) 33 693 649 ( 5.5)
28 SYDNEY, AU (SYD) 33 451 383 0.4
29 NEWARK NJ, US (EWR) 33 399 207 ( 5.6)
30 MUNICH, DE (MUC) 32 681 067 ( 5.4)

Airports participating in the ACI annual traffic statistics collection of total passengers enplaned and deplaned. Passengers in transit are counted once.

Summary

  • Worldwide airport passenger numbers dropped by 1.8% in 2009 to 4.796 billion, from a high of 4.882 billion in 2008.
  • Middle East (+7.7%), Asia-Pacific (+4.9%) and Latin America-Caribbean (+1.5%) maintained growth.
  • Europe and North America registered significant decreases of 5.4% and 5.2% respectively followed by Africa (-0.6%)
  • Worldwide domestic traffic was flat (-0.2%) while international traffic dropped 3.9%
  • Worldwide aircraft movements decreased by 5.1% to 74.1 million
  • Total cargo volumes handled by airports fell by 7.9% to 79.8 million tonnes
  • 38% of airports worldwide registered passenger growth, at an average of 10.2%. The gaining airports represent 31.7% of worldwide traffic
  • 62% of airports worldwide lost traffic, at an average rate of 6.5% representing 68.3% of global passengers
  • Two thirds of airports with over 5 million passengers (147) lost traffic in 2009 at an average rate of -5.6%
  1. Thank you for providing a comprehensive listing of the world’s busiest airports. I was searching for the list of the top thirty busiest airports in the world.

  2. Dubai will have the busiest international airport in the world by 2015 which will be handling around 98.5 million passengers by 2020.

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