Top 12 Busiest International Airports In The World


Air transport continues to gain popularity be each day. The number of people trans versing between countries and regions continue to increase by each day resulting in introduction of air freights and airports in different parts of the globe.

The population of travelers between these destinations varies widely as the number of people who visit each airport through each given year. Popularity of different destinations and airlines are among the factors that determine the possible number of passengers to use a given airport in certain times.

Here is a list of 12 busiest airports in the world in accordance to 2017-2018

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Top Most Popular Busiest International Airports in World 2017

Located in Atlanta’s central business district. This is the world’s largest airport in terms of passenger traffic. The airport won the place in 2012, with a record of more than 100 million passengers approximately 260,000 passengers each day of the year. In 2017, a total of 104,171,935 passengers used the airport the highest numbers in the year. Other titles held by the airport include being among the airports with the highest take-off and landing traffic.

2. Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing Capital International Airport is located in the Chaoyang District of China. The airport is located 32 kilometers northeast of the city center. It stands as the largest in the world in terms of building and received major uplifts prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Beijing capital international airport sits on an expansive land measuring 1480 hectares. A total of 94,393,454 passengers used the airport in 2017 alongside an approximated 1.787 metric tones of cargo.

3. Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport

Dubai international Airport is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It ranks in the third position among the busiest airports in the world and holds the first position in handling the highest number of international passengers. A total of 83,654,250 passengers used the airport in 2017. Alongside handling 2.59 million tones of cargo. A total of 418,220 aircraft movements were recorded at the airport in the year. Despite ranking among the busiest airport, the airport operates only two runways and is a major preference for Airbus A380 and Boeing 777.

4. Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles international airport is located in the Los Angeles area in the state of California. 80,921,527 passengers used the airport in 2017 which was an increase of 8% from the passengers in 2015. It ranks in the fourth position in the globe and stands as the world’s busiest origin and destination airport. This means it has the highest number of passengers who start or end their journeys at the airport. It ranks as the third largest airport in the world in consideration of aircraft movement.

5. Tokyo International Airport

Tokyo International Airport

Otherwise referred to as the Haneda Airport and is located in Ota, Tokyo Japan. It serves as one of the two major airports in the region and served as the primary international airport in Tokyo until 1978. Following an expansion plan completed in 20101, the airport has capacity to handle approximately 90 million passengers in a year. In 2017, the airport handled 79,699,762 passengers ranking in the fifth position globally.

6. O’Hare International Airport

O’Hare International Airport

O’Hare international Airport is located in Chicago, Illinois. In 2014, the airport was ranked as the world’s leading in the number of landings and take-offs. Initially, the airport was ranked as the busiest in number of passengers until 1998. Currently, the airport serves a total of 208 destinations both locally and internationally. 78,327,479 passengers used the airport in 2017 placing it as the sixtieth busiest airport in the year.

7. Heathrow International Airport

Heathrow International Airport

Heathrow international airport is located in London and serves as one of the major airports in the region. 75.7 million passengers used the airport in 2017 a number hat marked a 1.0% increase from the number of passengers in 2015. The airport started its operations in 1929 as a small airfield in Heathrow and was upgraded to a passenger airport in 1944. Owing to the ever-growing numbers, the UK Government established the Airports commission in 2015 with intent to establish possible expansions to the airport. The commissions’ recommendations were approved by the government in 2017 hence possible expansion of the facility in the coming years.

8. Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport

The Hong Kong international airport is located on Chek Lap Kor. The island is reclaimed land which was done for the sole purpose of constructing the airport. It operates as s trans-shipment center and a major gateway to the china’s mainland. It is ranked among the busiest cargo handling airports in the world and as well a major terminal for air passengers. The airport started its operations in 1998 and remains as one the modern construction of modern times. In 2017, Hong Kong international airport managed to serve a total of 70,314,462 passengers positioning in the eighth position among the busiest airports in the world.

9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai Pudong international airport sits in Shanghai, China. It mainly serves as the largest airport in the country handling mostly international freights. The airport sits on a 40 square kilometer piece of land 30 kilometers to the east of the city center. It is adjacent to the coastline offering passengers a view of the shorelines and the beauty of the waters. It services as a terminal for both passenger and cargo freights handling 66,002,414 passengers in 2017 and 3,440,279.7 metric tones of cargo.

10. Charles De Gaulle Airport

Charles De Gaulle Airport

Charles de Gaulle Airport is located in France and serves as the biggest airport in the region. It got its name from the famous leader of French Free Forces during the Second World War who later became the president of French. The airport serves as the principal hub for Air France and serves as a terminal for majority of low-cost carriers in the region. In 2017, the airport managed to welcome 65,933,145 passengers thus making it to the list as the 10 busiest airports in the year.

11. Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas

Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas

Fort Worth international airport serves as the main terminus in Texas USA. It ranks globally as the third busiest airport in terms of aircraft movement. In 2017, the airport handled 65,670697 passengers the highest record in its history. The airport serves over 227 destinations both within the United States and internationally making one of the airports across the globe with a distinction to serve over 200 destinations.

12. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Top Most Famous Busiest International Airports in World 2018

Amsterdam airport is the biggest airport in Netherlands. It was started in 1916 serving as a military base and opened its services to the public in 1949. The airport alongside offering passengers access to their desired flights also runs other facilities among them a museum and a library, a viewing area and a mortuary. Guests also enjoy meals and accommodation at the state of the art Hilton hotel. In 2017, the airport handled 63,625,534 passengers headed to different destinations across the world.

As more embrace use of air transport. The passenger traffic in most airports increases accordingly. Other factors such as political stability, tourist attractions and business opportunities are some of the factors fuelling the increase of passenger traffic. Global economic growth is acting as a major boost to the major airports in developing nations that might in future rank among the top 12 busiest airports in the world.


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