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