World’s Busiest Airports: Top 20 List Yields Some Surprises

According to preliminary figures from Airports Council International for 2014, the world’s busiest airport in terms of overall traffic is the same U.S. airport as the year before: Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson.

Busiest Airports: Surprises

A quick snapshot of some surprises in the Top 20.

  •  Istanbul: Turkey’s airport had the biggest gains in passenger traffic – up nearly 11% – moving it from 18th to 13th place.
  • Dubai: The United Arab Emirates Dubai is now number one in terms of international passenger traffic only.
  • China: Three of its cities made the Top 20 including Beijing (#2), Guangzhou (#15) and Shanghai (#19).
  • Los Angeles: The West Coast city (#5) has now moved ahead of Chicago (#7)

World’s Top 20 Busiest Airports – 2014

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  1. Atlanta
  2. Beijing
  3. London
  4. Tokyo
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Dubai
  7. Chicago
  8. Paris
  9. Dallas-Ft. Worth
  10. Hong Kong
  11. Frankfurt
  12. Jakarta
  13. Istanbul
  14. Amsterdam
  15. Guangzhou
  16. Singapore
  17. Denver
  18. New York
  19. Shanghai
  20. Kuala Lumpur

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Updated: March 31, 2015