Atlanta – Georgia has the busiest airport in the world. It could be said that he drives passengers all over the world. Over 107 million passengers flew last year from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, making it the busiest airport in the world, being in this top for no less than 21 years.
Also, this year there was a 3.3% increase in airport traffic, according to a study launched on September 16th. This percentage is normal, given that, worldwide, air traffic increased by 8.8 billion passengers compared to last year, with an increase of 6.4% over last year. On the other hand, air freight increased by 3.4% compared to last year.
“The worldwide airport traffic report shows that even though smaller airports around the world continue to make strong gains, the largest hub airports continue to grow,” said ACI Director General Angela Gittens in a statement. “There were 16 airports that handled over 40 million passengers a year, and now there are 54.”
Also, in a press release, Gittens warned that “Protectionist rhetoric – fueled by isolationist policies – has matured several major economies in recent times, and this has resulted in a dismantling of trade relations and open regimes.” .
In fact, air traffic is based on open markets for growth, although isolationist policies could stop the growth of air traffic in many countries: “Despite this fact, passenger traffic has remained resilient, recording annual growth rates over historical averages, with lowering the cost of travel on many markets and middle-class populations in full expansion in emerging markets“.
Atlanta Airport continues to have the largest air traffic due to its geographical location – it is the main hub of entry and port of entry in North America. In second place is Beijing Airport, with over 100 million passengers in 2018, up 5.4%. In third place is Dubai Airport, with 89 million passengers, with an increase of only 1%.
Some tens of the top 30 airports, ranked as the busiest in the world, are in China and India. Bangalore Airport, India, is the number one fastest growing airport, with 32.3 million passengers in 2018 – an increase of 29%.
The busiest airports in the world 2018
1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Georgia, USA) – 107.4 million passengers
2. International Capital Airport (China) – 101 million
3. Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates) – 89.1 million
4. Los Angeles International Airport (California, USA) – 87.5 million
5. Haneda Airport in Tokyo (Japan) – 86.9 million
6. O’Hare International Airport in Chicago (Illinois, USA) – 83.2 million
7. Heathrow Airport in London (United Kingdom) – 80.1 million
8. Hong Kong International Airport (China) – 74.5 million
9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China) – 74 million
10. Charles Charles de Gaulle Airport (France) – 72.2 million
11. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Netherlands) – 71 million
12. New Delhi (India) Indira Gandhi International Airport – 69.9 million
13. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (China) – 69.7 million
14. Frankfurt Airport (Germany) – 69.5 million
15. Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (Texas, USA) – 69.1 million
16. Istanbul Atatürk International Airport (Turkey) – 68.4 million
17. Seoul International Airport in Incheon (South Korea) – 68.4 million
18. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta (Indonesia) – 65.7 million
19. Changi Airport in Singapore (Singapore) – 65.6 million
20. Denver International Airport (Colorado, USA) – 64.5 million