The 20 Busiest Airports In 2016


The Airports Council International (ACI) recently released its list of the busiest airports in the world.

The report was based on passenger traffic data from 1,179 airports around the world and shows some interesting facts about airports and world aviation in general.

Report Highlights

Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) took the top spot once again boasting over 104 Million passengers over the year 2016, Beijing (PEK) came in the second spot with over than 94 Million passengers and Dubai (DXB) preserved its third place from 2015 with over than 83 Million passengers.

Year over Year Growth

The ACI also shared the preliminary year-over-year growth for 2016, compared to 2015 in their report and it shows that the aviation industry is continuously growing and people are getting more in the air each year where there is a 5.6% increase in total passengers and 6.6% increase in total international passengers.

“Global aviation markets remain dynamic in the face of economic uncertainty and geopolitical risks that persist on many fronts. Connecting people and places still remains paramount to the aviation sector in spite of the looming threat to market liberalization in major Western economies” said ACI World director general, Angela Gittens, in a statement

The below 20 airports represent 18% of global passenger traffic with over than 1.4 billion passengers.

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The 20 Busiest Airports In 2016

#20. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK): 55,892,428 passengers

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Source: Wikipedia

#19. Incheon International Airport (ICN): 57,849,814 passengers

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

#18. Denver International Airport (DEN): 58,266,515 passengers

Denver International Airport

#17. Singapore Changi Airport (SIN): 58,698,000 passengers

Singapore Changi Airport

#16. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): 58,873,386 passengers

John F. Kennedy International Airport

#15. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN): 59,732,147 passengers

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

#14. Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST): 60,119,876 passengers

Istanbul Ataturk Airport

#13. Frankfurt Airport (FRA): 60,786,937 passengers

Frankfurt Airport
Source: LUfthansa

#12. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS): 63,625,534 passengers

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Source: Wikipedia

#11. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 65,670,697 passengers

Fort Worth International Airport

#10. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG): 65,933,145 passengers

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

#9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG): 66,002,414 passengers

Shanghai Pudong International Airport

#8. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG): 70,305,857 passengers

Hong Kong International Airport

#7. Heathrow Airport (LHR): 75,715,474 passengers

Heathrow Airport

 #6. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD): 77,960,588 passengers

Chicago O'Hare International Airport

#5. Tokyo International Airport (HND): 79,699,762 passengers

Tokyo International Airport

#4. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 80,921,527 passengers

Los Angeles International Airport

#3. Dubai International Airport (DXB): 83,654,250 passengers

Dubai International Airport

#2. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK): 94,393,454 passengers

Beijing Capital International Airport

#1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 104,171,935 passengers

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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