The World’s 10 Busiest Airports

  • Hartsfield International Airport takes the number one spot at the world's busiest airport.

    Hartsfield International Airport takes the number one spot at the world's busiest airport.

  • China's capital city Beijing is home to the second busiest airport in 2014.

    China's capital city Beijing is home to the second busiest airport in 2014.

  • London Heathrow Airport ranks as the third busiest airport.

    London Heathrow Airport ranks as the third busiest airport.

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Atlanta, Georgia in the United States holds some pretty considerable titles. It’s the the birthplace of Coca-Cola, the home of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and, for the 17th year in a row, the busiest airport in the world. Over 69 million passengers traveled through Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 2014 according to Airports Council International’s preliminary world airport traffic report, a 1.9 percent increase from 2013. 

Standings haven’t changed for the three consecutive spots, with Beijing Capital International Airport, London Heathrow Airport, and Toyko Haneda Airport maintaining their spots as the second, third, and fourth busiest airports, respectively. 

For fifth, sixth, and seventh place however, rankings have switched around a bit. Los Angeles International Airport moved up from sixth to fifth place, and Dubai International Airport moved up from seventh to sixth after Chicago O’Hare International Airport dropped from fifth to seventh.

A noteworthy finding: although Dubai comes in at number six as the busiest airport in the world in overall passenger traffic, it has become the number one busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic, knocking London’s Heathrow Airport ranking down to number two from the previous year. “The airport has solidified its status as the world’s major international connecting hub,” said ACI World’s economics director Rafael Echevarne on Dubai International Airport. “Dubai is the fulcrum that connects long-haul international flights from east and west, north and south.”

Listed below are the world’s busiest airports:

Airport1. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
2. Beijing Capital International Airport
3. London’s Heathrow Airport
4. Tokyo Haneda Airport
5. Los Angeles International Airport
6. Dubai International Airport
7. Chicago O’Hare International Airport
8. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
9. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
10. Hong Kong International Airport
Passengers96, 178, 899
86, 128, 270
73, 408, 489
72, 826, 565
70, 663, 265
70, 475, 636
69, 999, 010
63, 813, 756
63, 554, 402
63, 121, 786

For more information, visit Airports Council International

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