Busiest airports in the world

What are the busiest airports in the world?

Airports exist in all kinds of sizes, from tens of thousands to more than 100 million passengers per year (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport and Beijing Capital Airport). The busiest airports in the world are an experience in itself, especially in Asia where the architecture can be breathtaking. Below are the top 50 largest airports worldwide, including 22 airports from Asia (44%), 17 airports from North America (34%), 10 airports from Europe (20%) and one from Australia (Sydney Airport). There are no airports from Africa and South America in the top 50 busiest airports in the world, the largest airport in South America (São Paulo Guarulhos Airport) can be found at position #52.

The list of top 50 largest airports in the world is dominated by airports from the United States (15x) and China (11x), which together account for 52% of the names in the list. Notable airports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Singapore Changi Airport, big airports in small countries. The Netherlands has 17.5 million inhabitants, only 6 million people live in Singapore.

Top 50 busiest/largest airports in the world, 2019:

Position Airport Total passengers
1 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport (United States) 110,531,300
2 Beijing Capital Airport (China) 100,013,642
3 Los Angeles Airport (United States) 88,068,013
4 Tokyo Haneda Airport (Japan) 87,098,683 (*2018)
5 Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates) 86,396,757
6 Chicago O’Hare Airport (United States) 84,649,115
7 London Heathrow Airport (United Kingdom) 80,886,589
8 Shanghai Pudong Airport (China) 76,153,455
9 Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (France) 76,150,007
10 Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (United States) 75,066,956
11 Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (China) 73,378,475
12 Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands) 71,680,013
13 Hong Kong Airport (China) 71,543,000
14 Seoul Incheon Airport (South Korea) 71,169,516
15 Frankfurt Airport (Germany) 70,556,072
16 Denver Airport (United States) 69,015,703
17 Singapore Changi Airport (Singapore) 68,300,000
18 Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport (India) 67,301,016
19 Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport (Indonesia) 66,908,159 (*2018)
20 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (Thailand) 65,424,564
21 New York JFK Airport (United States) 62,551,072
22 Kuala Lumpur Airport (Malaysia) 62,336,469
23 Madrid Barajas Airport (Spain) 61,734,037
24 San Francisco Airport (United States) 57,488,023
25 Chengdu Shuangliu Airport (China) 55,858,552
26 Shenzhen Bao’an Airport (China) 52,931,925
27 Barcelona Airport (Spain) 52,686,314
28 Istanbul Airport (Turkey) 52,009,220
29 Seattle-Tacoma Airport (United States) 51,829,239
30 Las Vegas Harry Reid Airport (United States) 51,537,638
31 Orlando Airport (United States) 50,613,072
32 Toronto Pearson Airport (Canada) 50,449,431
33 Mexico City Airport (Mexico) 50,308,049
34 Charlotte Douglas Airport (United States) 50,168,783
35 Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (Russia) 49,438,545
36 Taiwan Taoyuan Airport (China) 48,689,372
37 Kunming Changshui Airport (China) 48,075,978
38 Munich Airport (Germany) 47,941,348
39 Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport (Philippines) 47,898,046
40 Xi’an Xianyang Airport (China) 47,220,547
41 London Gatwick Airport (United Kingdom) 46,574,786
42 Newark Liberty Airport (United States) 46,336,452
43 Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (United States) 46,288,337
44 Miami Airport (United States) 45,924,466
45 Mumbai Airport (India) 45,873,329
46 Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (China) 45,637,882
47 Houston George Bush Airport (United States) 45,264,059
48 Chongqing Jiangbei Airport (China) 44,786,722
49 Sydney Airport (Australia) 44,428,845
50 Tokyo Narita Airport (Japan) 44,344,739

Sources:
Top 15 busiest airports in Africa
Top 30 busiest airports in Asia
Top 10 busiest airports in Australia
Top 50 busiest airports in Europe
Top 30 busiest airports in North America
Top 20 busiest airports in South America

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