How much have lost the busiest airports in the world

The coronavirus pandemic almost simply destroyed the airline industry. According to statistics, the level of air traffic is unlikely to recover as it was before the pandemic, before 2024, according to Airports Council International, the airport trade association that compiles the data.

Reports from 2019 show that 2019 was a peak year in terms of airport congestion. According to them, the increase was 3.5% higher than in 2018 in terms of number of passengers, reaching 9.1 billion compared to 2018.

The report comes before the coronavirus pandemic, because after the first quarter of 2020, it drastically decimated passenger traffic in the airline industry in order to reduce outbreaks. Globally, the number of passengers decreased by 58.4% in the first half of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. The strongest decrease is recorded in 64.5%.

The airports in Atlanta and Beijing occupied the first two seats in 2019 with over 110 and 100 million passengers, respectively. But these two airports also registered drastic decreases in the first half of 2020, of 56.6% and 73.6%.

Los Angeles International Airport grew by one seat in 2019 to become the third busiest airport for passenger traffic, with over 88 million passengers in 2019. Passenger traffic fell by 58.9% in the first half of the year 2020.

In this context, the airport industry anticipates a decrease in revenues of over 60% in the next period. The representatives of this industry are of the opinion that the recovery of damages can take place only if the restrictions and the quarantine period are reduced. They believe that coronavirus testing before the trip is an alternative to quarantine. A traffic recovery will most likely be a long race for several years. It is speculated that only in 2024 could return to the same level of traffic as 2019.

The top of the busiest airports in the world in 2019 is the following:

Atlanta (ATL) – 110.5 million passengers in 2019; traffic decreased by 56.6% in the first half of 2020.

Beijing (PEK) – 100 million passengers in 2019; traffic decreased by 73.6% in the first half of 2020.

Los Angeles (LAX) – 88.1 million passengers in 2019; traffic decreased by 58.9% in the first half of 2020.

Dubai (DXB) – 86.4 million passengers in 2019; traffic decreased by 56.4% in the first half of 2020.

Tokyo (HND) – 85.5 million passengers in 2019; traffic decreased by 59.2% in the first half of 2020.

Chicago (ORD) – 84.6 million passengers in 2019; traffic decreased by 57.6% in the first half of 2020.

London (LHR) – 80.9 million passengers in 2019; traffic decreased by 60.2% in the first half of 2020.

Shanghai (PVG) – 76.2 million passengers in 2019; traffic decreased by 68.1% in the first half of 2020.

Paris (CDG) – 76.2 million passengers in 2019; traffic decreased by 61.4% in the first half of 2020.

Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW) – 75.1 million passengers in 2019; traffic decreased by 48.2% in the first half of 2020.