The busiest airports in the world revealed

Global airport passenger numbers increased by 5.7% in 2014 to over 6.7 billion, registering increases in all six regions across the world.

This is according to the Airports Council International’s (ACI) latest edition of the World Airport Traffic Report, taking data coverage for over 2,200 airports in more than 160 countries worldwide.

The report noted that Atlanta airport in the US remains the world’s busiest airport on the globe with 96 million passengers in 2014.

Traffic at the airport was up 1.9% over 2013, while the second-ranked Beijing airport experienced more subdued growth of 2.9% in 2014 as compared to the double-digit growth it had achieved in previous years.

Airport traffic in emerging markets and developing economies experienced growth of 8%, whereas airports in advanced economies grew by 4% in 2014, with emerging markets reaching a 43% share of global passenger traffic, ACI said.

Top 10 busiest airports

# City Code Passengers %change
1 Atlanta, USA ATL 96.2 million 1.9%
2 Beijing, China PEK 86.1 million 2.9%
3 London, UK LHR 73.4 million 1.4%
4 Tokyo, Japan HND 72.8 million 5.7%
5 Los Angeles, USA LAX 70.7 million 6.0%
6 Dubai, UAE DXB 70.5 million 6.1%
7 Chicago, USA ORD 70 million 4.5%
8 Paris, France CDG 63.8 million 2.8%
9 Dallas/Fort Worth, USA DFW 63.6 million 5.1%
10 Hong Kong,China HKG 63.1 million 5.9%

During 2014, the highest number of passengers went through airports in the Asia-Pacific region:

  • Asia-Pacific (2.3 billion, up 7.1% over 2013)
  • Europe (1.8 billion, up 5.5% over 2013)
  • North America (1.6 billion, up 3.2% over 2013)
  • Latin America-Caribbean (531 million, up 6.4% over 2013)
  • Middle East (308 million, up 10.8% over 2013)
  • Africa (180 million, up 2.7% over 2013)

With over 1.4 billion passengers, BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) -which represent 21% of global passenger traffic -achieved strong growth of 9% in passenger traffic.

Although Dubai is the sixth-busiest airport in the world in overall passenger traffic, it became the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic, ahead of London-Heathrow, in 2014.

Istanbul (+10.5%) remains one of the fastest-growing airports among the world’s top 30 airports for passenger traffic, moving from 18th to rank 13th.

The world’s top 30 airport cities handle more than one-third of global passenger traffic, the report noted.

London remains the world’s largest airport system with almost 147 million passengers handled at six airports in and around the metropolitan area.

New York maintains the second position with 116 million passengers at three airports. Tokyo is the third city market with 109 million passengers, the report said.

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