The earliest airports were grassy fields allowing aircrafts to approach at any angle. It was Wilbur Wright (one of the brothers) who established College Park Airport in Maryland in 1909. Today, billions of people around the world take the plane to travel. It’s only a matter of time for the world’s busiest airports to break the barrier of 100 million passengers per year.
Many international airports nowadays function as a hub, redirecting passengers to local destinations. Some airports are even fortress hubs. This is an airport where a single airline’s share of flights is at or above the monopoly standard of 70 percent of flights in and out of the hub. London Heathrow Airport is a fortress hub for British Airways. Airports can easily be seen as small cities. They have a big impact on regional economies as they employ many people. There are many hotels, restaurants and shops to satisfy the needs of waiting travelers. But what are the busiest airports in the world? How many passengers are planed and deplaned on an annual basis? Here’s a top 10 world’s busiest airports!
Top 10 world’s busiest airports
- Dubai International Airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 57,684,550 passengers
- Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta, Indonesia – 57,772,762 passengers
- Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth, USA – 58,591,842 passengers
- Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France – 61,611,934 passengers
- Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, USA – 63,688,121 passengers
- O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, USA – 66,633,503 passengers
- Tokyo International Airport, Tokyo, Japan – 66,795,178 passengers
- London Heathrow Airport, London, United Kingdom – 70,037,417 passengers
- Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing, China – 81,929,359 passengers
- Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, USA – 95,462,867 passengers