Top 10 Busiest Airports in the World

Air travel has become the second most common form of private transportation. And the start of every plane travel starts at an airport. There are now over 40,000 airports in the world. Curious to find out which of these belong to the ten busiest airports on the planet? The following list will show you.

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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Based in: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Established in: 1926
Airline hub for Delta Air Lines

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been the world’s busiest airport for quite some time now since 1998 to be exact. 2018 was no exception. With a total of around 107.4 million passengers flying from or to Atlanta, the airport in the US state of Georgie successfully defended its two-decades-long status as the world’s most important airport. The airport is not only important as a destination airport but even more important as a hub airport that connects the United States with the rest of the Americas and vice versa.

2. Beijing Capital International Airport

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Based in: Beijing, Municipality of Beijing, China
Established in: 1958
Airline hub for Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines

No other country in the world has built and renovated as many airports during the last two decades as China has. The country’s biggest airport, the Beijing Capital International Airport, has been renovated and extended in 2008 for the 2008 Summer Olympics. It has been Asia’s biggest and busiest airport ever since. With around 101 million passengers flying to or from China’s capital airport, it was number 2 among the world’s busiest airports last year. Yet for the capital city’s needs, this is still not enough. Therefore a new airport is set to open later this year, which is supposed to accommodate 72 million passengers by 2025 and eventually even more than 100 million passengers by 2040.

3. Dubai International Airport

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Based in: Dubai, Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Established in: 1960
Airline hub for Fly Emirates, flydubai

Dubai over the last few decades has grown into a global city of importance, both in terms of tourism and economy. The largest city in the relatively small United Arab Emirates attracts tourists and ex-pats from all around the world. No wonder that the city’s airport is now the third busiest airport on Earth. Around 89 million passengers flew to or from Dubai in 2018.

4. Los Angeles International Airport

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Based in: Los Angeles, California, United States
Established in: 1930
Airline hub for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines

The city of Hollywood, stars and glamour is also home to America’s second busiest airport and at the same time to the fourth busiest airport in the world. LA’s airport saw 87.5 million passengers come and go in 2018. The airport is, at that, not only important as a destination airport but also plays a big role as a hub airport, especially for flights to and from East Asia.

5. Tokyo Haneda Airport

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Based in: Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Established in: 1931
Airline hub for Air Do, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines, Solaseed Air, StarFlyer

For a long time the most important airport on the Asian continent, Tokyo’s Haneda Airport is “only” the third busiest airport in Asia these days, but still fifth among the busiest airports in the world. With around 87 million passengers have used the airport in 2018, the airport has fallen slightly behind Los Angeles in terms of numbers of passengers now.

6. O’Hare International Airport

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Based in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Established in: 1944
Airline hub for American Airlines, United Airlines

83.3 million passengers in 2018

7. London Heathrow Airport

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Based in: London, England, United Kingdom
Established in: 1929
Airline hub for British Airways

80.1 million passengers in 2018

8. Hong Kong International Airport

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Based in: Chek Lap Kok, Islands District, Hong Kong
Established in: 1998
Airline hub for Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express

74.5 million passengers in 2018

9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport


Based in: Shanghai, Municipality of Shanghai, China
Established in: 1999
Airline hub for Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines

74.0 million passengers in 2018

10. Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

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Based in: Roissy-en-France, Ile-de-France, France
Established in: 1974
Airline hub for Air France

72.2 million passengers in 2018


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