World's Top 10 Busiest Airports

Whether you like airports or not, here’s an informative piece that shares details on the world’s airport traffic records based on on the preliminary 2017 rankings according to Airports Council International.
10. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG): 69,471,442 passengers in 2017
  • Europe’s largest hub
  • Has three passenger terminals
  • Main base for SkyTeam Alliance and global hub for Air France-KLM
  • Strategic location with only less than a two-hour flight from all leading Western European cities
  • Serves 325 cities
9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG): 70,001,237 passengers in 2017
  • Has two terminals, the second inaugurated in 2008 for the Beijing Olympic Games
  • International hub for Air China and main hub for China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines
  • Serves over 200 destinations
  • World's third busiest cargo traffic
8. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG): 72,663,955 passengers in 2017
  • First opened in 1998 currently with two terminals
  • Operates to 120 countries and connects to over 200 destinations
  • Hubs for Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, and Hong Kong Express
  • Known to have the world's largest air cargo center
7. London Heathrow Airport (LHR): 78,014,598 passengers in 2017
  • Main base for British Airways
  • Currently has 4 terminals with terminal 1 closed in 2005
  • Operates 81 airlines, serves 85 countries or 204 destinations including popular ones such as New York, Dubai, Dublin, Amsterdam, and Hong Kong
6. Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD): 79,828,183 passengers in 2017
  • Named after US Navy’s first flying ace and a recipient of World War II Medal Honor Edward “Butch” O’Hare
  • Opened in 1944. Its location was originally a farming village
  • Originally has five (5) terminals with terminal 4 currently serving as a bus-shuttle center
  • Headquarters for United Airlines, and hub for American Airlines
5. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 84,557,968 passengers in 2017
  • Originally known as Mines Field
  • Has nine (9) passenger terminals
  • Serves over 700 daily nonstop flights to 100 domestic cities and over 1,000 weekly nonstop flights in 44 global destinations with most of the international flights hosted by Tom Bradley International Airport
  • Hub for United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines second busiest airline to American Airlines
4. Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND): 85,408,975 passengers in 2017
  • Opened in 1931
  • Hub for five (5) major airlines: All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines, and Skynet Asia Airways
3. Dubai International Airport (DXB): 88,242,099 passengers in 2017
  • Has the world's largest terminal - Terminal 3
  • As a major connecting hub for long-haul flights, it is also recognized as the top international airport. Its annual traffic for passengers as of 2017 was 88.2 million
  • Main hub for Emirates and flydubai
  • Serves 90 airlines to over 240 global destinations
2. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK): 95,786,442 passengers in 2017
  • Main hub for China Eastern Airlines, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, and Air China with the main airline service which serves to about 120 destinations
  • Has three (3) terminals, the latest opened in 2008 for the Olympics, and is recognized as the world’s second largest to Dubai International Airport
1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 103,902,992 passengers in 2017
  • Its airport land was once a speedway race track called Atlanta Speedway. Original name of the airport was Candler Field. The current name of the airport is a combination of two former Atlanta mayors
  • The first flight, Contract Air Mail Flight 10 took off in 1926 for Jacksonville and Miami
  • Located within two-hour flights of 80% of the US population
  • Has two terminals
  • Headquarters for Delta Air