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Which are the busiest and biggest airports in the world?

Which are the busiest and biggest airports in the world?

The world's busiest airports and annual passenger numbers:
  • Atlanta Hartsfield - Jackson International Airport (USA) 103.9 million
  • Beijing Airport (China) 95.8 million
  • Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates) 88.2 million
  • Tokyo International Airport (Japan) 87 million
  • Los Angeles International Airport (USA) 84.6 million
  • O’Hare International Airport (USA) 79.8 million
  • London Heathrow Airport (UK) 78 million
  • Hong Kong International Airport (China) 72.7 million
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China) 70 million
  • Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport (France) 70 million


In its first year, it was stated that Istanbul Airport will use by approximately 90 million passengers. "The new airport in Istanbul was opened in 2019 and is expected to be the busiest airport in the world in the near future," the researchers said. Launched on October 29, Istanbul Airport makes a difference to its competitors with its technical features, services and size. When all phases are completed, the giant airport, whose annual passenger capacity will increase to 200 million people, doubles its closest competitor airport.


In addition, the surveys included airports with the largest surface area in the world. King Fahd International Airport in Saudi Arabia took place at the top of the list with 780 km2.
  • King Fahd International Airport 780 km²
  • Denver International Airport 137.26 km²
  • Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport 78 km²
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport 33.5km²
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport 32 km²


When we look at the number of passengers per year, the largest airport in the world becomes Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta. With the opening of the new Istanbul Airport, passenger capacity has now reached 90 million. When all terminals are ready, Istanbul Airport, which will be one of the world's most expensive and largest airports by spending 12 billion dollars, seems to be at the top of the list in the coming years with an annual capacity of 200 million passengers. Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) is the largest airport in the world as an area. The longest runway in the world is Qamdo Bamda Airport in China with 5.5 kilometres.

Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport
The airport, located in the United States, has been first since 1997. It welcomes more than 107 million passengers in a year and is the world's largest airport for now.

Beijing Capital International Airport
China, which has the largest population in the world, is also hosting one of the largest airports in the world. Beijing Capital International Airport welcomes 101 million passengers and becomes the second largest airport in the world. The official opening date of the recently built Beijing (Beijing) Daxing Airport has been announced as September 30, 2019. Daxing, which is constantly compared with Istanbul Airport, will start serving with a capacity of 45 million passengers a year in the first place. The capacity of the airport will be gradually increased to 100 million passengers a year.

Dubai International Airport
Dubai attracts the attention of tourists with its magnificent modern architecture. Dubai International Airpor, which supports the glamorous structure of Dubai, is the third-largest airport by hosting 89 million passengers. Under construction, Al Maktoum is one of the main parts of Dubai World Central. Al Maktoum, which is the fourth largest airport in the world, with a construction area of 140 square kilometres and a project size of 220 square kilometres, has the goal of hosting 260 million passengers a year after all its terminals are completed.

Tokyo International Airport
Tokyo Haneda Airport, which tries to carry the burden of Tokyo, one of the most crowded cities in the world, is the 5th largest airport used by 87 million passengers.

Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport is the biggest airport of USA and it is the 6th largest airport used by 84.6 million passengers a year.

O'Hare International Airport, Chicago
O'Hare International Airport, which is used by 83 million passengers a year, is the 7th busiest airport.

London Heathrow
London, one of the largest cities in Europe and has the 8th largest airport in the world. With its central airport London Heathrow, it’s carrying 80 million passengers a year.

Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport, which is the airport of Hong Kong, one of the biggest trade centres of the world and 9th largest airport of the world which carries 75 million passengers annually.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport
One of the fastest growing airports in the world, Shanghai Pudong International Airport carries 74 million passengers and becomes the 10th largest airport in the world.

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Carrying 72 million passengers, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest airport in France and the 11th largest airport in the world.

LaGuardia Airport
LaGuardia Airport, which is very close to New York Astoria and Jackson Heights, is one of the busiest airports in both New York and the USA. The annual passenger traffic directly to LaGuardia Airport that it is possible to reach via Turkey has exceeded 30 million. In addition, more than 370 thousand aircraft land on this square every year.

Singapore Changi Airport
Changi, an airport that has received the 'World's Best Airports' award given in Genoa four times in 14 years. The airport started its operations in 1981 with the opening of Terminal 1. Terminal 2 in 1990 and Terminal 3 in 2008 were added to this. Terminal 4 opened in October 2017, while Terminal 5 is expected to open in 2030.

Murcia-Corvera Airport
Región de Murcia International Airport, also known as Murcia-Corvera, replaces Murcia-San Javier Airport. The airport in Spain is known as one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

Berlin Brandenburg Airport
It is stated that the airport, which is planned to be opened in 2011, cannot be completed before 2021. It is said that the cost of the airport is 17 million Euros per month.