The top 10 busiest airports in the world by passenger number

Posted: 13 April 2023 | | 10 comments

In this article, we review which airports had the highest passenger numbers in 2022, based on the total number of departing, arriving, transferring and direct passengers, throughout COVID-19.

Top 20 Largest Airports in the World by Passenger Number in 2019

The following list is based on figures from Airports Council International (ACI) and displays the top 10 busiest airports in order of total passenger numbers in 2022. Passenger figures are calculated by summing the totals of departing passengers, arriving passengers, transferring passengers and direct transit passengers at each airport throughout the course of the year. In particular, the year 2022 welcomed back some of the world’s largest airport hubs as international traffic returns, marking an important milestone in air travel’s full recovery from the impact of the pandemic

This article was updated on 13 April 2023, based on figures published on 05 April 2022.

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

View of Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport's runway passenger

Acting as the primary international airport serving Atlanta, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is second busiest airport in the world by passenger numbers and aircraft movements.

Total passengers in 2022: 93, 699, 630

Compared to 2021: 23.8% increase


2. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) 

Arial view of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Located across two counties due to its size, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the largest hub for American Airlines and fourth busiest airport by passenger number.

Total passengers in 2022: 73, 362, 946

Compared to 2021: 17.5% increase


3. Denver International Airport (DEN)

Denver International

Generating over $26 billion for the region of Colorado each year, Denver International Airport is the fifth-busiest airport in the U.S., the world’s largest aviation market.

Total passengers in 2022:  69, 286, 461

Compared to 2021: 17.8% increase


4. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Located on the Northwest Side of Chicago, Illinois, O’Hare International Airport is the second busiest airport in the world and one of the most significant transportation hubs in the U.S.

Total passengers in 2022: 68, 340, 619

Compared to 2021: 26.5% increase


5. Dubai International Airport (DXB)

Dubai Airport passenger traffic

Dubai International Airport is the primary international airport serving Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It has an economic impact of $26.7 billion and is spread of 7,200 acres of land.

Total passengers: 66, 069, 981

Compared to 2021: 127% increase

6. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Arial view of Los Angeles International Airport

Located along the West Coast of the U.S., Los Angeles International Airport is a gateway to multiple international destinations, particularly Asia and the Pacific.

Total passengers in 2022: 65, 924, 298

Compared to 2021: 37.3%  increase

7. Istanbul Airport (IST)Istanbul Airport

Istanbul Airport is the main international airport serving Istanbul, Turkey. It is located in the Arnavutky district on the European side of the city.

Total passengers in 2022:  64,289,107

Compared to 2021: 73.8% increase

8. London Heathrow AirportLondon Heathrow

Heathrow Airport is the main international airport serving London, and is the largest of the six international airports of the London airport system. The airport is owned and operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings. 

Total passengers in 2022: 61,614, 508

Compared to 2021: 217.7% increase

9. India Gandhi Delhi International Airport (DEL)India Gandhi International Airport

Indira Gandhi International Airport is the primary international airport serving Delhi, the capital of India. The airport, spread over an area of 5,106 acres is situated in Palam, Delhi.

Total passengers in 2022: 59,490,074

Compared to 2021: 60.2% increase


10. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Charles de Gaulle

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is the principal airport serving the French capital, Paris (and its metropolitan area), and the largest international airport in France. It is situated in Roissy-en-France.

Total passengers in 2022: 57, 474, 033

Compared to 2021: 119.4% increase


Cargo handled

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Aircraft movements

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10 responses to “The top 10 busiest airports in the world by passenger number”

  1. Although Atlanta remains in no. 1 spot, Beijing and Dubai are nipping at Atlanta’s feet! Moreover, it’s interesting that the bulk of Atlanta’s arrivals and departures come from domestic, and not foreign, flights. It’s also interesting that Dubai has grown so quickly that it now eclipses LAX!


    It is amazing how top International Airport have the most in infrastructure both in facilities and technologies all over the world.
    Passengers are requering more and more services and these 20 selected airports have them all. New services and technologies the very most important facts to serve and satisfy Internation al passenger…and I havehad the experience to be in Dallas Fortworth,TX DFW-US, twice while I was in American Airlines Learnig Center- Flagship University-today.
    Really, I was astonished and surprised for all of it.

  3. Diana Tohm says:

    I’m surprised u didn’t mention Bush International Airport in Houston Texas to be among the top 20 businesses whether it’s domestic and international airports. I’m a flighattendant 14 years with British Airways and always fly out of Bush. Bush is my home hub because I married an American.I’m originally from Oxford England

  4. What would be interesting to note is not how many passengers pass through an airport – but how many of those passengers actually enter the city itself.

  5. Thanks,China appears to be growing steadily.

  6. Eva Manyedi says:

    Amazing! I have recently been to Doha which when I checked I was given an impression that it’s number 6 largest in the world but to my surprise it is not among the top 20! Out of the 20 I have passed through 6, Atlanta and Dubai are amazing!

  7. Sujoy Kar says:

    6 out of the 20! Dubai is class apart in terms of shopping options… Bangkok is another cool airport. Changi and Hong Kong are little over hyped. Outside Asia, loved Sydney and Schiphol – amazing airports!!

  8. Mrityunjay Kumar says:

    Delhi Airport deserved to be in the list. Thank you for including this!

  9. Michael says:

    To me, there is no airport like Heathrow airport, especially Terminal 2, the most beautiful and friendly one! I hope no Brexit will bring it down in years to come.

  10. Josh says:

    Provably this airport is not it the 200 busiest, but coming to the airport from the capital city os Santo Domingo, this airport have the most beautiful scenery adorn by palms and blue ocean i have seen, and right before you enter the airport ground punta caucedo there is a Native American cemetery overlooking a great encenada. To me this is priceless

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