The top 10 busiest airports in the world by passenger number
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.
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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 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 Airport
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)
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)
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
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Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Denver International Airport (DEN), Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport (ATL), Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Orlando International Airport (MCO)