Revealed: Top 20 busiest airports in the world

Dubai remains the world’s busiest airport by number of international passengers

Dubai is again the world’s busiest airport by number of international passengers.

More than 89.1 million passengers passed through the airport in 2018, according to the latest Airports Council International’s world traffic report – making it once again the world’s busiest airport for international passengers.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in the US state of Georgia was once again the world’s busiest airport overall, with more than 107 million passengers last year, though most of those were domestic passengers heading to other destinations in the US. In second place was Beijing Capital International Airport, which has about 101 million passengers, though like Atlanta many of those were also travelling between domestic Chinese destinations.

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The world’s third busiest was Dubai, followed by Los Angeles International Airport (87.5 million passengers). Tokyo Haneda Airport (86.9 million passengers) was fifth, and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (83.2 million passengers) in the US state of Illinois was sixth.

Rounding out the top 10 were London Heathrow Airport (seventh), Hong Kong International Airport (eighth), Shanghai Pudong International Airport (ninth) and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (tenth).

According to the report, Hong Kong remained the world’s busiest airport for cargo traffic. The world’s fastest-growing airport was Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), India. The airport’s traffic grew by 29 per cent in 2018 compared to 2017, reaching 32.3 million passengers.

The latest edition of the Airports Council International’s world traffic report was released on September 16.



  1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (US) // 107.4 million passengers
  2. Beijing Capital International Airport (China) // 101 million passengers
  3. Dubai International Airport (UAE) // 89.1 million passengers
  4. Los Angeles International Airport (US) // 87.5 million passengers
  5. Tokyo Haneda Airport (Japan) // 86.9 million passengers
  6. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (US) // 83.2 million passengers
  7. Heathrow Airport (UK) // 80.1 million passengers
  8. Hong Kong International Airport (China) // 74.5 million passengers
  9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China) // 74 million passengers
  10. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (France) // 72.2 million passengers
  11. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Netherlands) // 71 million passengers
  12. Indira Gandhi International Airport (India) // 69.9 million passengers
  13. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (China) // 69.7 million passengers
  14. Frankfurt Airport (Germany) // 69.5 million passengers
  15. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (US) // 69.1 million passengers
  16. Atatürk International Airport (Turkey) // 68.4 million passengers
  17. Seoul Incheon International Airport (South Korea) // 68.4 million passengers
  18. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Indonesia) // 65.7 million passengers
  19. Singapore Changi Airport (Singapore) // 65.6 million passengers
  20. Denver International Airport (US) // 64.5 million passengers