Top 10 Busiest Airports In The World

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Busiest airports in 21st century

Air traffic is huge in the 21st century, with the number of passengers at airports increasing every year. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been the busiest airport in the world every year from 2001 to 2019. Due to the Corona epidemic in 2020, there were many changes in air travel, which had a major impact on air travel. Here we have made a list of the Top 10 Busiest Airports in the World in the 21st century. Let’s see! 


10. Denver International Airport (998.7 million passengers)

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Denver Airport is an international airport in the western United States. It primarily serves metropolitan Denver, Colorado, as well as the Greater Front Range Urban Corridor. At 33,531 acres, it is the largest airport in North America by land area and the second largest in the world after King Fahd International Airport. Runway 16R/34L, with a length of 4.88 km, is the longest public-use runway in North America and the seventh longest in the world.

In addition, the airport is a 40 km driving distance from downtown Denver, 31 km further from the former Stapleton International Airport, a facility that has been replaced by DIA. Additionally, Denver International Airport is the tenth busiest airport of the 21st century in terms of total passengers. In this, 998.7 million people have traveled from 2001 to 2020.

  • Country: United States
  • Website: flydenver.com
  • Passengers: 998.7 million (2001 to 2020)


09. Frankfurt Airport (1.089 billion passengers)

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Frankfurt Airport is a major international airport located in Frankfurt, Germany. It is operated by Fraport and serves as the main hub for Lufthansa, which includes Lufthansa Cityline and Lufthansa Cargo, as well as Condor and Aerologic. From 2001 to 2020, more than 1.089 billion people traveled through Frankfurt Airport. It ranks Novae among the top 10 airports in the world in the 21st century.

Additionally, Frankfurt Airport is the busiest airport for passenger traffic in Germany. Also, it is the fourth busiest airport in Europe after London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. In 2017, Frankfurt Airport handled 64.5 million passengers and about 70 million in 2018. It also had a freight charge of 2.076.  In 2015 it was the busiest airport in Europe by million metric tons and cargo traffic.


08. Charles de Gaulle Airport (1.163 billion passengers)

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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport) is the largest international airport in France. It is located in Roissy en France, 23 km northeast of Paris. With 1.163 billion passengers, it is the eighth busiest airport in the world in the 21st century. It was opened in 1974 and is one of the busiest airports in Europe. It is named after the statesman Charles de Gaulle.

Furthermore, in 2019, the airport handled 76,150,007 passengers and 498,175 aircraft, thus making it the ninth busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger numbers and the second busiest in Europe. Charles de Gaulle is also the busiest airport in the European Union. In terms of cargo traffic, the airport is the eleventh busiest in the world and the busiest in Europe.


07. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (1.192 billion passengers)

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Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW) is the primary international airport serving the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area in the US state of Texas. With 1.192 billion passengers, Dallas/Fort Worth is seventh among the top 10 busiest airports in the world in the 21st century. It was the fourth busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic in 2020.

In addition, DFW Airport has announced plans to build a 6th terminal in collaboration with American Airlines. The proposed project is estimated to cost $3-3.5 billion and was expected to be completed by 2025. Refurbishment of Terminal C is planned, with the addition of 24 new gates to Terminal F, as it is the last terminal that has not been updated in recent years. According to DFW Airport CEO, Sean Donohue, the goal of the new terminal is to “provide the region with the growth needed to compete with international business hubs”. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the timing of the project is currently in flux.

  • Country: United States
  • Website: dfwairport.com
  • Passengers: 1.192 billion (2001 to 2020)

06. Beijing Capital International Airport (1.246 billion passengers)

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Beijing Capital International Airport is one of the two main international airports serving Beijing. It is located 32 km northeast of Beijing’s city center, in an exclave in Chaoyang District and around that exclave in suburban Shunyi District. The airport is owned and operated by Beijing Capital International Airport Co., Ltd., a state-controlled company. Beijing Capital Airport is one of the top 10 busiest airports in the world in the 21st century.

Additionally, Beijing Capital has risen rapidly in the ranking of the world’s busiest airports over the past decade. It had become the busiest airport in Asia in terms of passenger traffic and total traffic movements by 2009. It has been the world’s second busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic since 2010. In 2012 ranked sixth in the world. In addition, in terms of cargo traffic, Beijing Airport has also seen rapid development. Also, as of 2012, registering 1,787,027 tonnes, it had become the 13th busiest airport in the world by cargo traffic.

  • Country: China
  • Website: en.bcia.com.cn
  • Passengers: 1.246 billion (2001 to 2020)

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05. Los Angeles International Airport (1.3 billion passengers)

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) is the primary international airport serving Los Angeles and the surrounding metropolitan area. It is the world’s fourth busiest airport in the 21st century, with over 1.300 billion people traveling from 2001 to 2021.

In addition, the airport is operated by Los Angeles World Airport, a branch of the Los Angeles city government, which also operates Van Nuys Airport for general aviation. The airport covers 3,500 acres of land and has four parallel runways. Additionally, LAX is the busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles area, with several other airports serving the area, including Hollywood Burbank Airport, John Wayne Airport, Long Beach Airport, and Ontario International Airport.

  • Country: United States
  • Website: flylax.com
  • Passengers: 1.300 billion (2001 to 2020)

04. Tokyo Haneda Airport (1.341 billion passengers)

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Tokyo International Airport commonly known as Haneda Airport. It is one of two primary airports serving the Greater Tokyo area, and is the primary base of two of Japan’s major domestic airlines, Japan Airlines (Terminal 1) and All Nippon Airways (Terminal 2). As well as Air Do, Skymark Airlines, Solaseed Air and StarFlyer. It is located less than 30 minutes from central Tokyo.

In addition, Tokyo Haneda International Airport is the fifth busiest airport in the world from 2001 to 2020, and it is the busiest airport in Japan. Also, Haneda is rated by Skytrax as the cleanest airport in the world, and is the second best airport in 2021. The airport has three terminals.


03. Heathrow Airport (1.354 billion passengers)

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Heathrow Airport is a major international airport in London, England. It is one of six international airports serving the London area. The airport facility is owned and operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings. In 2020, it was the third busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic. Heathrow is the third busiest airport in the world by total passenger traffic in the 21st century, with 1.354 billion people traveling from 2001 to 2021.

In addition, Heathrow Airport originated as a small airfield in 1929. It was on land southeast of the village of Heathrow, from which the airport was named. The village was largely along one country lane (Heathrow Road), which ran along the east and south edges of the current central terminal area.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Website: www.heathrow.com
  • Passengers: 1,354,496,638 (2001 to 2021)

02. O’Hare International Airport (1.413 billion passengers)

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O’Hare Airport is an international airport located on the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois. It is located 23 km north-west of the Loop business district. Operated by the Chicago Department of Aviation and covering 7,627 acres, O’Hare has non-stop flights to 228 destinations in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania as of 2018. O’Hare International Airport is the second busiest airport in the world of the 21st century, with over 1.4 billion passengers traveled from 2001 to 2020.

In addition, O’Hare rose to prominence during the jet age, garnering distinction as the world’s busiest airport from 1963 to 1998. In 2019 it was the sixth busiest airport in the world, carrying 84 million passengers. Additionally, O’Hare had 919,704 aircraft operations, an average of 2,520 per day, the most in part due to the large number of airports of any in the world.


01. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (1.79 billion passengers)

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the primary airport serving Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The airport is located 11 km south of downtown in the Atlanta district. It is named after former Atlanta mayors William B. Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson. The ATL covers 4,700 acres (1,902 ha) of land and has five parallel runways. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world in the 21st century.

In addition, it was the busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic from 1998 to 2019, losing its title in 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and as a result overtaken by Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Hartsfield-Jackson is the primary hub of Delta Air Lines. With over 1,000 flights per day to 225 domestic and international destinations, Delta Hub is the largest airline hub in the world.

  • Country: United States
  • Website: www.atl.com
  • Passengers: 1,791,329,827 (2001 to 2020)
Top 10 Busiest Airports in 2020

01. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport – 43,760,427 passengers 

02. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport – 42,918,685 passengers 

03. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport – 40,741,509 passengers 

04. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport – 39,364,990 passengers 

05. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport – 37,916,059 passengers 

06. Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport – 34,937,789 passengers 

07. Beijing Capital International Airport – 34,513,827 passengers 

08. Denver International Airport – 33,741,129 passengers 

09. Kunming Changshui International Airport – 32,989,127 passengers 

10. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport – 31,165,641 passengers 

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