Atlanta International Named Busiest Airport in the World

Forget China or London’s Heathrow. The busiest airport on the planet is in the U.S. state of Georgia. Again.

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Atlanta Number One, Beijing in Second Place

Yes, Atlanta – again. Those who follow such statistics will not be surprised since Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International has ranked number one in terms of passenger traffic for the past 12 years. However, a Chinese airport is hot on its heels according to the Montreal-based Airports Council International which compiled these 2012 figures. Beijing gained more new passengers in 2012 over the previous year (up 4.1%) than Atlanta did (up 3.3%).

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Biggest Gains Seen in Emerging Markets

The most interesting thing in the Airports Council report is where the biggest gains were made. While traffic increased only modestly in Europe and North America (and Chicago’s O’Hare actually was down a few passengers), Istanbul soared with an increase of 20% and big gains were also seen in Dubai (up 13%), Jakarta (up 12%), Bangkok and Singapore (both up 10%).

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Top 10 Busiest Airports in the World

Here are the top 10 airports – the busiest in the world – based on the numbers of total passenger traffic. In case you were wondering, JFK wasn’t even close¬†(number 17),¬†and the New York airport was bested by Denver (number 13).

Rank

Airport

Passengers: Enplaning/Deplaning

1.

Atlanta (ATL)

95,462,867

2.

Beijing (PEK)

81,929,359

3.

London (LHR)

70,037,417

4.

Tokyo (HND)

66,795,178

5.

Chicago (ORD)

66,633,503

6.

Los Angeles (LAX)

63,688,121

7.

Paris (CDG)

61,611,934

8.

Dallas (DFW)

58,591,842

9.

Jakarta (CGK)

57,772,762

10.

Dubai (DXB)

57,684,550

 

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Published: March 29, 2013