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The Busiest Airports in the World

Wed, 09/14/2016
Hong Kong Airport on the Island of Chek Lap Kok

The busiest airport in the world is Atlanta (ATL) with 101 million passengers passing through in 2015. Its perfect location means major US cities are only a three hour flight away.

Beijing (PEK) International Airport was the first of its kind in China and opened in 1958. Now it serves 90 million passengers a year and is the second busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic.

The busiest airport in the Middle East is Dubai International (DXB) with 78 million passengers passing through last year. Dubai’s location means that it is within an 8 hour flight of over two thirds of the world’s population, making it a hub for connections between long haul flights. Dubai’s Terminal 3 is also the second largest building on the planet.

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) started as a manufacturing plant for airplanes during the Second World War, nowadays it is one of the busiest airports in the world, with around 77 million passengers passing its gates last year.

Tokyo Haneda (HND), connected via monorail to the capital of Japan, sees more than 75 million people a year flying from its three terminals.

With 75 million passengers each year, London Heathrow (LHR) is the busiest airport in Europe. The airport is shown in the 2003 film Love Actually, featuring real peoples being reunited with their loved ones at the arrival gates.

Los Angeles (LAX) and its four parallel runways served 75 million passengers in 2015.

Hong Kong (HKG) is home to a nine-hole golf course! The airport serves over 68 million passengers each year and, being situated on the island of Chek Lap Kok, it is completely surrounded by water.

Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG), situated north of the French capital, is notorious for its population of rabbits and hares, which can be seen at certain times of the day by around 65 million passengers each year.

When opened in 1974 Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) was the biggest and most expensive airport.
These days it is no longer the biggest but certainly one of the busiest, with 65 million people using the airport in 2015.

 

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