World's 10 Busiest Airports

Atlanta is once again No. 1
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2022 8:50 AM CDT
World's 10 Busiest Airports
A passenger waits for a flight at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Atlanta has reclaimed bragging rights to having the world's busiest airport. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is No. 1 in new annual rankings from the trade group Airports Council International, reports CNN. The airport had lost its usual No. 1 spot to China's Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in 2020, a year when COVID upended world travel. And COVID continues to warp the stats: The 75.7 million passengers who passed through the Atlanta airport is up 76% from 2020 but down 32% from 2019. Overall, the number of total global passengers in 2021 was about 4.5 billion, up 25% from 2020 but down 50% from 2019, per TRBusiness. Here are the top 10 busiest airports in 2021, a list dominated by the US:

  1. Atlanta (ATL): 75.7 million passengers
  2. Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW): 62.5 million
  3. Denver (DEN): 58.8 million
  4. Chicago O'Hare (ORD): 54 million
  5. Los Angeles (LAX): 48 million
  6. Charlotte (CLT): 43.3 million
  7. Orlando (MCO): 40.4 million
  8. Guangzhou in China (CAN): 40.3 million
  9. Chengdu in China (CTU): 40.1 million
  10. Las Vegas (LAS): 39.8 million
(Read more airports stories.)

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