There are a lot of airports located around the World and whether you’re just curious on what airports handle the most traffic, or maybe you’re wondering if you’re going to be heading to one of these airports soon, I wanted to give you a list of the 7 busiest airports in the World today.
#1 Hartsfield-Jackson located in Atlanta, Georgia saw over 88 million passengers back in 2009, making it the busiest airport in the United States. One of the main reasons they are so busy is because they home to a few major airport’s hubs.
#2 London Heathrow located in the Greater London area in the United Kingdom saw over 66 million people, making it the second busiest. This is a major hub for those stopping during International flights.
#3 Beijing Capital International in Beijing, China seeing over 65 million passengers.
#4 O’Hare International airport located in Chicago, Illinois saw 64 million people in 2009, making them the 4th busiest. In 2008, they were the #2 in terms of the busiest.
#5 Tokyo International Airport located in Tokyo, Japan. This airport had over 61 million in 09.
#6 Paris Charles de Gaulle located in France had close to 58 million passengers, making it the sixth busiest airport.
#7 Los Angeles International airport or aka LAX based in Los Angeles, California had over 56 million people in 2009. In 2008, they had 59 million. This 3 million difference made them drop just one spot.
#8 Dallas Fort Worth located in Dallas/Ft Worth Texas had over 56 million people. They only saw 400,000 less than LAX.
#9 Frankfurt Airport located in Frankfurt, Germany had close to 51 million passengers in 2009, making them the busiest airport in Germany.
#10 Denver International Airport located in Denver, Colorado had over 50 million passengers in 2009. This is 1 million less than they had back in 2008.
Rounding off the following 7 are as follows…
- #11 Madrid-Barajas Airport: 48 million
- #12 John F. Kennedy Airport: 46 million
- #13 Hong Kong International: 45 million
- #14 Amsterdam Airport: 43 million
- #15 Dubai International: 41 million
- #16 Suvarnabhumi Airport: 40 million
- #17 McCarran International: 40 million
In the top 10, 5 of those 10 are based in the United States. Out of those 10, they tend to change positions year after year. For example, in 2008, O’Hare was ranked #2. Hartsfield has remained a #1 contender since 1999, blowing away the #2 airport by almost 10, or even 20 million!