Atlanta Tops List Of World's Busiest Airports With 104 Million Passengers

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Waited in a line at the airport lately? Whether one waits at the ticket counter, the security screening station or the toilet, airports seem jam-packed. Now, the release of 2017 world airport traffic rankings by Airports Council International (ACI) confirms you can believe your eyes. Total passengers grew 6.6%, and total international passengers grew 8.4%, according to ACI figures based on 1,202 airports worldwide.
Atlanta Tops List Of World's Busiest Airports With 104 Million Passengers

Waited in a line at the airport lately? Whether one waits at the ticket counter, the security screening station or the toilet, airports seem jam-packed. Now, the release of 2017 world airport traffic rankings by Airports Council International (ACI) confirms you can believe your eyes. Total passengers grew 6.6%, and total international passengers grew 8.4%, according to ACI figures based on 1,202 airports worldwide.

Passenger traffic at the world’s 20 busiest airports grew by 5.2% in 2017. The top twenty airports accounted for 17% of global passenger traffic, pushing nearly 1.5 billion passengers through their terminals in 2017. And while you’ll encounter people, rather than pallets, inside the terminals, cargo flights are packing airports as well. ACI estimates that total cargo (including mail) grew 7.9%, while international freight grew 9.9%.

Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) won the crowded crown again, processing almost 104 million passengers, nearly 285,000 travelers per day. A long-time Delta stronghold, ATL is strategically located, with 80% of the US population just a two-hour flight away.

 

 

The ACI study found Beijing (PEK), the gateway to China’s 1.4 billion people, to be the world’s second busiest airport. And while the United Emirates has a population of less than 10 million, it boasts the world’s third-busiest airport, Dubai (DXB).) DXB is also the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passengers. As a major connection point for long-haul international flights to Europe, Asia, North America, and Oceania, (and home to the world’s largest fleet of superjumbo 550-seat Airbus A380 aircraft), total passenger traffic at DXB grew 5.5% in 2017.

Asian airports showed the most growth in 2017, with Tokyo growing 6.5% to 85.4 million, Hong Kong growing 3.4% to 72 million, Shanghai growing 6.1% to 70 million, Jakarta growing 8.3%, Incheon in Korea up 7.5% and Singapore up 6%. But the growth champion was New Delhi, which grew an incredible 14.1% to 63 million. Delhi jumped 6 places in the busiest airports ranking, from 22nd to 16, the largest leap. Guangzhou (CAN), in China, grew 10.3% to almost 66 million making it the second fastest growing airport.

 

An airport that is not on the list is notable for its absence. That’s New York’s JFK, which fell off the top 20 list this year, although US airports in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth and even Denver were among the 20 busiest in the world. JFK was also the only US airport among the busiest for international travelers, holding 19th place with 32.4 million international arrivals and departures. (The leader, Dubai, had 87.7 million international passengers.)

Air cargo volumes at the 20 busiest airports (which handled a whopping 43% of world air cargo) grew by 6.8% in 2017. Hong Kong (HKG) was the leader, growing 9.4% and handling more than five million metric tons of air cargo. Shanghai (PVG), and Doha (DOH) grew 11.2%, and 15.0% respectively. Centrally located Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), experienced growth of 12.6%, helped by a stronger economy in the US and on the inbound side, a strong US dollar.

So how do the world’s busiest airports track with the world’s "best" and "most punctual" airports? As you’d expect, not too well.

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