According to the statistics Airports Council International published for this year in March, and based on the total number of passengers, these are the world’s busiest airports:
1. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
This airport, located in Atlanta, Georgia is absolutely the busiest airport in the world. With a total number of passengers of 22,746,009 in a year, no airport is getting anywhere this one when it comes to business. Even though tens of thousands of passengers go through this airport on the way to their final destination, this airport is never too crowded thanks to the amazing organization and a well developed system. This may in fact be the reason why so many people choose this airport to start or finish their journey.
2. Beijing Capital International Airport
China’s main airport in Chaoyang-Shunyi, Beijing is the second busiest airport in the world, with 21,663,240 passengers going through it in a year. This airport now consists of three terminals, one for domestic routes of Hainan Airlines, the second terminal for international routes and the newest terminal (the third) is meant for Air China, Star Alliance and Oneworld members and some other flights that don’t operate on the first two terminals. Besides being the second busiest passenger airport in the world, it has also become increasingly large when it comes to cargo traffic (in 2012 it carried 1,787,027 tons in cargo traffic).
3. Dubai International Airport
The third busiest airport in the world is also proclaimed the second best. From March 2014 to March 2015, a total of 19,606,327 passengers have used this airport. This airport has expanded very quickly as a consequence of constant efforts put into achieving the goal of making Dubai a global centre of aviation, as the chairman of Dubai Airports Sheikh Ahmen bin Saeed al-Maktoum explains. Dubai is definitely heading towards reaching that goal.
4. Tokyo Haneda Airport
Located in Ōta, Tokyo, this airport is the fourth busiest airport in the world. However, it has over a 1,500,000 less passengers per year than the airport in Dubai has, but it also has approximately the same number of passengers more than the next busiest airport. Tokyo Haneda Airport is one of the two primary airports used in the Greater Tokyo Area, and it handles both domestic and international flights. In 2009, this airport was also recognized by ForbesTraveller.com as the most punctual airport in the world, two years in a row.
5. Los Angeles International Airport
Located, obviously, in Los Angeles, California, this airport is the fifth busiest in the whole world, with 16,416,281 passengers using it in one year. In 2011, this airport was proclaimed “The World’s Busiest Origin and Destination Airport”, which meant that it had most non-connecting passengers, according to “LAX Airport Information: General Information”. Many American and foreign airlines use this airport, even though there are several more serving the Greater Los Angeles Area.
This airport has nine passenger terminals in the shape of a horseshoe, and there is a non-stop shuttle bus service for every single one of them. As for cargo traffic, this airport is the fifteenth busiest, having carried 2 million tons of cargo in 2014.
6. London Heathrow Airport
Located in Hillingdon, London, this airport comes really close to Los Angeles International Airport, with only around 100,000 passengers less in a year (a total of 16,364,246 passengers). It is the sixth busiest airport in the world, but the busiest one in the United Kingdom in general, and as for passenger traffic, it is also the busiest one in Europe.
There are five terminals at this airport, but the first one is currently closed. The second terminal currently mostly deals with domestic flights, while the others are mostly for international routes.