Traveling to these Airports? Gird Your Loins Because They’re the World’s Busiest

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More than 100 million passengers flew through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 2015, making the US hub the world’s busiest airport for the 19th consecutive year.

According to the latest report from the Montreal-based Airports Council International, passenger traffic to the Atlanta airport grew nearly six percent in 2015, shattering previously held travel records.

In addition to being the primary hub for Delta Air Lines, Hartsfield-Jackson benefits from its strategic location as a major connecting hub and port of entry into North America: The airport is within a two-hour flight of 80 percent of the US population.

It serves 150 US destinations and 75 international destinations in 50 countries and sees more than 250,000 flyers pass through its halls daily.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Image:

Meanwhile, China’s Beijing Capital International Airport has been steadily closing the gap, recording a 4 percent growth in passenger traffic last year for a total of 89.9 million travelers.

Dubai International Airport also leapfrogged from sixth to third spot, recording an 11 percent spike in passenger traffic in 2015 and stripping London’s Heathrow Airport as the new titleholder for the world’s busiest airport for international travelers.

Rounding out the top five spots on the index is Chicago O’Hare and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

The fastest growing airport was Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport which recorded a 16 percent growth in passenger traffic compared to the year previous.

The results also reveal that air travel is on the rise, with a growth of more than 6 percent recorded in total passenger traffic in 2015 compared to 2014. Likewise, the percentage of total international passengers grew more than 6 percent last year.

The report looked at traffic records for 1,144 airports around the world.


Here are the top 10 busiest airports for 2015:

1. Atlanta ATL
2. Beijing PEK
3. Dubai DXB
4. Chicago ORD
5. Tokyo HND
6. London LHR
7. Los Angeles LAX
8. Hong Kong HKG
9. Paris CDG
10. Dallas DFW