World’s Busiest Airports Revealed

By Dave Simpson
World’s Busiest Airports Revealed

Airports Council International (ACI) has revealed the airports that were the top ten busiest in the world last year.


According to a statement published on ACI.aero, the top ten airports worldwide for total passenger traffic in 2022 – which represented 10% of global traffic – experienced a 51.7% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic last year, as well as an 85.9% recovery, compared to 2019.

The world’s busiest airport in 2022 was Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in the US, with 93.7 million passengers (+23.8%), while Dallas Fort Worth International Airport came in second, with 73.4 million passengers (+17.5%), followed by Denver International Airport, with 69.3 million passengers (+17.8%), ahead of Chicago O’Hare International Airport, with 68.3 million passengers (+26.5%).

The world’s sixth-busiest airport last year was also in the US, with Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) earning itself the number-six spot, after playing host to 65.9 million passengers in 2022 (+37.3%).

Outside of the US, Dubai International Airport ranked as the world’s fifth-busiest airport last year, with 66.1 million passengers (+127%), while Istanbul Airport ranked seventh, with 64.3 million passengers (+73.8%), and London’s Heathrow Airport, (New) Delhi Airport and Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport ranked eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.


The statement published on ACI.aero quoted ACI World director general Luis Felipe de Oliveira as saying, “The new top ten busiest airports for passenger traffic reflects the resilience of the airport and aviation industry, and the eagerness of passengers to travel by air. While US airport hubs were able to recover quicker due to their strong domestic market, we are now witnessing global hubs joining upper ranks, including Dubai, Istanbul, and London Heathrow airport[s]. While we continue to march forward cautiously amidst multiple headwinds that could impact the speed and magnitude of global air traffic recovery, the latest rankings represent an important milestone in reaching pre-pandemic levels. The reopening of China – the second-largest aviation market, after the US – is now expected to bring an overall gain, both domestically and for international travel.

“The ongoing recovery of air travel demand would not be possible without the continuous work of airports to provide a safe, secure, efficient and sustainable air transport ecosystem for the passengers that we depend on and the communities we serve. ACI World will remain committed to representing the best interests of airports on the global stage during key phases of policy development, and to promoting airport excellence.”

World’s Top Ten Busiest Airports In 2022

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