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The top 20 busiest airports in the world by passenger number

Posted: 2 October 2019 | | 9 comments

In this article, we review which airports had the highest passenger numbers in 2019, based on the total number of departing, arriving, transferring and direct transit passengers.

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 20 busiest airports in order of total passenger numbers in 2019. 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.

This article was updated on 5 June 2020, based on figures published on 19 May 2020.

View of Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport's runway passenger1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

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

Total passengers: 110,531,300

Compared to 2018: 2.9 per cent increase

Beijing Capital International Airport2. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

Built to resemble a dragon, Beijing Capital International Airport is the primary international airport serving Beijing and is home to the second largest passenger terminal in the world.

Total passengers: 100,011,438

Compared to 2018: 1.0 per cent decrease

Arial view of Los Angeles International Airport passenger3. 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: 88,068,013

Compared to 2018: 0.6 per cent increase

Dubai International DXB4. Dubai International Airport (DXB)

Dubai International Airport is the primary international airport serving Dubai and is used as a service hub for the majority of local airlines.

Total passengers: 86,396,757

Compared to 2018: 3.1 per cent decrease

Tokyo Haneda passenger5. Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) 

One of two primary airports serving the Greater Tokyo Area, Haneda Airport handles significantly more domestic flights, compared to international flights.

Total passengers: 85,505,054

Compared to 2018: 1.7 per cent decrease

View of Chicago O'Hare International Airport's runway6. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

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

Total passengers: 84,649,115

Compared to 2018: 1.7 per cent increase

Arial view of London Heathrow Airport passenger7. London Heathrow Airport (LHR) 

One of six airports located in London, the largest aviation hub in the world, London Heathrow Airport is the UK’s largest airport – welcoming over 80 million passengers in 2019.

Total passengers: 80,888,305

Compared to 2018: 1.0 per cent increase

Shanghai Pudong8. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) 

One of two international airports in the region, Shanghai Pudong International Airport is a major hub in the Chinese aviation industry, serving predominantly international flights. 

Total passengers: 76,153,455

Compared to 2018: 2.9 per cent increase

Paris Charles De Gaulle passenger9. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) 

Named after a former French president, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest international airport in France and also referred to as Roissy Airport.

Total passengers: 76,150,009

Compared to 2018: 5.4 per cent increase

Arial view of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport10. 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 tenth busiest airport by passenger number.

Total passengers: 75,066,956

Compared to 2018: 8.6 per cent increase

Guangzhou passenger11. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) 

The primary airport serving Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province in China, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is China’s largest transportation hub.

Total passengers: 73,386,153

Compared to 2018: 5.2 per cent increase

Amsterdam Schiphol12. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) 

Acting as the main international airport for the Netherlands, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is Europe’s best-connected cargo handling airport, with the most direct air destinations.

Total passengers: 71,706,999

Compared to 2018: 0.9 per cent increase

Hong Kong International passenger13. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

The world’s busiest airport by tonnes of cargo handled for 10 consecutive years in a row, Hong Kong International Airport is the main airport for the region and handled almost half a million tonnes of cargo more than its closest competitor airport in 2019.

Total passengers: 71,415,245

Compared to 2018: 4.2 per cent decrease

Seoul Incheon14. Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) 

The largest airport in South Korea, Incheon International Airport is one of the main transport hubs in Northeast Asia and is the national gateway to the Republic of Korea.

Total passengers: 71,204,153

Compared to 2018: 4.2 per cent increase

Arial view of Frankfurt Airport15. Frankfurt Airport (FRA) 

Located in the fifth largest city in Germany and operated by Fraport, Frankfurt Airport acts as a hub for multiple German and European cargo companies.

Total passengers: 70,556,072

Compared to 2018: 1.5 per cent increase

Denver International16. 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: 69,015,703

Compared to 2018: 7.0 per cent increase

Indira Ghandi Delhi17. Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) 

Indira Gandhi International Airport serves as the major international aviation hub of the capital city of New Delhi, as well as India as a whole. 

Total passengers: 68,490,731

Compared to 2018: 2.0 per cent decrease

Singapore Changi18. Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)

A major civilian airport serving Singapore, Singapore Changi Airport is one of the largest transportation hubs in Asia and is the focal point of Singapore’s status as a world-class aviation hub.

Total passengers: 68,283,000

Compared to 2018: 4.1 per cent increase

Suvarnabhumi Bangkok19. Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

Suvarnabhumi Airport, unofficially known as Bangkok Airport, is one of two international airports serving Bangkok, Thailand.

Total passengers: 65,421,844

Compared to 2018: 3.2 per cent increase

jfk-airport-top-20s-passenger-numbers20. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Acting as the primary international airport serving New York City, John F. Kennedy International Airport is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and is the sixth busiest airport in the U.S.

Total passengers: 62,551,072

Compared to 2018: 1.5 per cent increase

Cargo handled

To view the top 20 busiest airports in the world by tonnes of cargo handled – click here.

Aircraft movements

To view the top 20 busiest airports in the world by aircraft movements – click here.

9 responses to “The top 20 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!

  2. CARLOS SANTANA says:

    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.

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