The World’s Busiest Airport | Dubai Stands 3rd & Heathrow 7th

The World’s busiest airport has been revealed. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in America has been voted as the busiest passenger airport, while transport hub London Heathrow came in the top ten.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the USA had 104 million passengers in 2017.With cheap flights making travel more accessible, our airports are getting busier. A new report by Airports Council International (ACI) has revealed the world’s busiest airports for 2017.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International won top place, with a record 104 million passengers passing through its two terminals last year.

The major American transport hub is within a two-hour flight of eighty per cent of the US population, making it an attractive flying option for thousands.

London Heathrow Airport had 78 million visitors in 2017.It offers more than 150 domestic and 70 international flight routes.

However, while claiming the top spot, the airport was the only one to actually decrease in terms of passenger traffic from the year before – by 0.26 per cent.

Coming in second was Beijing Capital International Airport, with just under 96 million passengers. This year has seen a 1.5 per cent increase in passenger traffic.

Located in the Middle East, Dubai International Airport makes up the top three, with a 5.5 per cent increase taking it to 88 million.

In 2017, the airport also handled 2.65 million tonnes of cargo, making it the sixth-busiest cargo airport in the world.

Rising one place to fourth this year is Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Experiencing a 6.1 per cent increase in traffic, Japan had seen just fewer than 85 million people walk through its doors in 2017.

Meanwhile, London Heathrow Airport came in seventh place, with a staggering 78 million people passing through last year – this marks a 3 per cent passenger traffic increase.

This is 213,668 passengers per day – with a split of 49 per cent departures and 51 per cent arrivals.

Its busiest ever recorded day was on 30 June 2017, when 259,917 passengers passed through London Heathrow.

Consisting of four terminals, this 1,227-hectare airport is Europe’s busiest.

However, this busy airport could be hit by weeks of delays while air traffic controllers switch over to a new digital system.

Europe’s second and third busiest airports are Paris’ Charles de Gaulle at 69 million and Amsterdam’s Schipol at 68.5 million.

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The world’s Busiest Airports 2017

  1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Georgia, USA) – 104 million passengers
  2. Beijing Capital International Airport (China) – 96 million
  3. Dubai International Airport (UAE) — 88 million
  4. Tokyo Haneda International Airport (Japan) – 85 million
  5. Los Angeles International Airport (California, USA) – 84.6 million
  6. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (Illinois, USA) – 80 million
  7. London Heathrow Airport (United Kingdom) – 78 million
  8. Hong Kong International Airport (China) – 73 million
  9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China) – 70 million
  10. Aéroport de Paris-Charles de Gaulle (France) – 69 million
  11. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands) – 68.5 million
  12. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Texas, USA) – 67 million
  13. Guangzhou Bai Yun International Airport (China) – 66 million
  14. Frankfurt Am Main Airport (Germany) – 64.5 million
  15. Atatürk International Airport (Turkey) – 64 million
  16. Indira Gandhi International Airport (India) – 63.5 million
  17. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Indonesia) – 63 million
  18. Singapore Changi Airport (Singapore) – 62.22 million
  19. Incheon International Airport (South Korea) – 62.16 million
  20. Denver International Airport (Colorado, USA) – 61 million

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