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World’s Busiest Airports

Over the past 10 years our website’s database has grown from around 10,000 airports around the world to now featuring over 40,000 airports, strips, fields or heliports.

This is partly because of the popularity of air travel and the lower budget flights availability which has caused an expansion in the number of airports.

These are the Top 30 busiest airports in the World for 2012:

AirportCountryIATAPassengers 2012
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta InternationalUnited StatesATL95,462,867
Beijing Capital InternationalChinaPEK81,929,359
London HeathrowUnited KingdomLHR70,037,417
Tokyo InternationalJapanHND66,795,178
Chicago O'Hare InternationalUnited StatesORD66,633,503
Los Angeles InternationalUnited StatesLAX63,688,121
Charles de Gaulle InternationalFranceCDG61,611,934
Dallas Fort Worth InternationalUnited StatesDFW58,591,842
Soekarno-Hatta InternationalIndonesiaCGK57,772,762
Dubai InternationalUnited Arab EmiratesDXB57,684,550
Frankfurt am Main InternationalGermanyFRA57,520,001
Hong Kong International Kai TakHong KongHKG56,057,751
Denver InternationalUnited StatesDEN53,156,278
Singapore Changi InternationalSingaporeSIN51,181,804
Amsterdam SchipholNetherlandsAMS51,035,590
John F Kennedy InternationalUnited StatesJFK49,291,765
Guangzhou Baiyun InternationalChinaCAN48,548,430
Madrid Barajas InternationalSpainMAD45,176,978
Atatürk InternationalTurkeyIST45,124,831
Shanghai Pudong InternationalChinaPVG44,880,164
San Francisco InternationalUnited StatesSFO44,399,885
Charlotte Douglas InternationalUnited StatesCLT41,228,372
McCarran InternationalUnited StatesLAS40,799,830
Phoenix Sky Harbor InternationalUnited StatesPHX40,421,611
George Bush Intercontinental HoustonUnited StatesIAH39,891,444
Kuala Lumpur InternationalMalaysiaKUL39,887,866
Miami InternationalUnited StatesMIA39,467,444
Incheon InternationalSouth KoreaICN39,154,375

Here are more of the World’s busiest airports, by passenger numbers, for 2012. Showing the Top 31 – 50 ranked airports:

AirportCountryIATAPassengers 2012
Sydney Kingsford Smith InternationalAustraliaSYD37,342,798
Leonardo Da Vinci (Fiumicino) InternationalItalyFCO36,980,161
Orlando InternationalUnited StatesMCO35,214,430
Barcelona InternationalSpainBCN35,131,771
Lester B. Pearson InternationalCanadaYYZ34,912,456
London GatwickUnited KingdomLGW34,222,405
Indira Gandhi InternationalIndiaDEL34,211,608
Newark Liberty InternationalUnited StatesEWR33,993,962
Shanghai Hongqiao InternationalChinaSHA33,828,726
seattle airportUnited StatesSEA33,219,723
Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-ChamberlainUnited StatesMSP33,125,768
Narita InternationalJapanNRT32,874,530
Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro InternationalBrazilGRU32,477,646
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne CountyUnited StatesDTW32,205,358
Ninoy Aquino InternationalPhilippinesMNL31,878,935
Chengdu Shuangliu InternationalChinaCTU31,599,353
Philadelphia InternationalUnited StatesPHL30,228,596
Chhatrapati Shivaji InternationalIndiaBOM30,038,696
Shenzhen Bao'an InternationalChinaSZX29,569,725
Melbourne InternationalAustraliaMEL29,431,084

The tables above show the number of passengers for the top 50 busiest airports in the World for last year (2012).

Airport Information Index:

1. The busiest airport are ranked depending on the number of passengers flying to or from each airport.

2. Passenger may only be catching connecting flights from an airport to another destination.

3. Passenger Number data is related to the Airport Council International estimated full year figures for 2012.

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