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Traveling to distant places has become convenient due to aviation facilities. We should thank the aviation industry that continuously modifies itself and understands the need for commuters. Currently, traveling across the globe for business purposes, leisure or adventure become smooth.

Here is a list of the top 10 busiest airports worldwide based on figures from Airports Council International (ACI).

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson International of Atlanta is placed on the top of the list in terms of the world’s busiest airport in 2019 regarding passenger numbers. A total of 110,31,300 passengers passed through its terminals last year. It means a 2.9 percent increase in comparison to 2018. There are two terminals in this airport, the Domestic Terminal and the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal.

2. Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing Capital International Airport of Beijing occupied the second position in respect of handling passengers in 2019. The airport officials handled 100,011,438 passengers, a 1.0 percent decrease in passengers compared to 2018. Beijing is the hub for airlines such as Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, and China Southeastern Airlines. In 2008, after the Summer Olympics, a new terminal was added to the airport.

3. Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport or (LAX) held third place in terms of handling the passengers. The airport authority served 88,068,013 passengers in 2019, a 0.6 percent increase compared to the previous year. LAX is the hub for; American, Delta, United, and Virgin America. Moreover, Los Angeles is also a focus city for Allegiant Air, Qantas, Air New Zealand, and the main gateway for Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Oceania.

4. Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport (DXB) stands at number four, having handled 86,396,757 travelers in 2019, which means a 3.1 percent decrease compared to 2018. The airport is still one of the busiest in the world in terms of international passengers.

5. Tokyo Haneda International Airport

Haneda International Airport, the Japanese airport placed in the fifth spot with an 85,505,054 passenger count in 2019, a 1.7 percent decrease compared to 2018. The terminal is situated next to the Tokyo freight terminal and has scheduled cargo routes. Haneda airport handled its first international passenger flight in 1947 and began its first domestic flights in 1951.

6. O’Hare International Airport, Chicago

The sixth position went to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, which registered 84,649,115 passengers in 2019, a 1.7 percent increase from the previous year. The airport has direct flights to over 210 destinations in the US, North America, South America, Asia, and Europe.

7. London’s Heathrow Airport

London’s Heathrow Airport in The United Kingdom occupied seventh place regarding passenger traffic of 80,888,305 in 2019, a 1.0 percent increase compared to 2018. About 80 airlines fly directly to over 180 destinations worldwide. The airport is the primary hub of British Airways and is a base for Virgin Atlantic. It has four passenger terminals (numbered 2 to 5) and a cargo terminal.

8. Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai Pudong International Airport held the eighth position in handling the passenger count. The airport officials served 76,153,455 passengers in 2019, a 2.9 percent increase compared to the previous year. Shanghai Pudong International Airport is one of two international airports in Shanghai and a prominent aviation hub in China. The airport has two main passenger terminals and is a fast-growing destination for both passenger and cargo traffic.

9. Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is the ninth busiest airport, witnessed a passenger count of 76,150,009 in 2019, a 5.4 percent increase compared to the previous year.

10. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport placed at the tenth position with a passenger count of 75,066,956 in 2019, an 8.6 percent increase from 2018.

Decline in air travel amid COVID-19 in First Quarter of 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has hit all the sectors badly. So is the case with aviation. As a result of a novel coronavirus, air travel has fallen dramatically in view to curb the spread of the deadly virus worldwide. Its immediate consequence resulted in a sharp fall in revenue.

Airports Council International (ACI) World a couple of months ago announced the passenger traffic, cargo volumes, and aircraft movements for 2019. It has made a comparison between the 2019 figures and the first quarter of 2020 data. The comparison reveals the worst-possible effect of COVID-19 on airports in the first quarter of 2020.

Airports are looking deserted worldwide due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As per the ACI World report airports, authorities have witnessed a decline of more than 4.6 billion passengers as well as suffer above US$97 billion in revenue for 2020 as well.

The combined 2019 and 2020 figure shows a sharp decrease in air travel in the world’s top airports. Beijing Airport has seen a massive -62.6% decline in passenger traffic in the first quarter of 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Busiest Airports as per 2019 and a sharp decline in passengers percentage in the first quarter of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Rank Airport Location Country Total passengers in 2019 Q1, 2020 Q1 2020 vs Q2 % change
1 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta, Georgia USA 110531300 20713627 -18.2
2 Beijing Capital International Airport Beijing, Chaoyang-Shunyi China 100011438 9327109 -62.6
3 Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California USA 88068013 15787322 -21.7
4 Dubai International Airpor Dubai, Garhoud UAE 86396757 17823446 -19.9
5 Tokyo Haneda International Airport Tokyo, Ota Japan 85505054 15064577 -28.6
6 Chicago’s O’Hare Airport Chicago, illinois USA 84649115 14873692 -17.3
7 London’s Heathrow Airport Hillingdon, London United Kingdom 80888305 14648707 -18.3
8 Shanghai  Pudong International  Airport Pudong, Shanghai China 76153455 8077491 -57.1
9 Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport Roissy-en-France, Île-de-France France 76150009 13093454 -20.6
10 Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Dallas, Texas USA 75066956 14669491 -12.3

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