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World’s Top 10 Busiest Airports for 2020

As air passenger traffic begins to increase from a -64.6% plunge in 2020, data collected by Airports Council International suggests that the early stages of recovery have not been uniform around the world. Global passenger traffic at the world’s top 10 busiest airports decreased by -45.7% in 2020.

According to the preliminary data, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China recorded the most passenger traffic in 2020, with Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the United States just behind.

Seven of the top 10 airports for passenger traffic are in China with three in the United States. In most cases, domestic air travel is beginning a modest rebound while international air travel remains depressed because of on-going travel restrictions. For example, Hongqiao International Airport in China has moved from 46th position in 2019 to the 9th in 2020, illustrating the uneven nature of the impact of, and recovery from, the pandemic across the world.

Passengers
2020 2019 AIRPORT 2020 2019 Percent change
1 11 GUANGZHOU, CN (CAN) 43 767 558 73 394 810 -40.4
2 1 ATLANTA GA, US (ATL) 42 918 685 110 531 300 -61.2
3 24 CHENGDU, CN (CTU) 40 741 509 55 858 552 -27.1
4 10 DALLAS/FORT WORTH TX, US (DFW) 39 364 990 75 066 956 -47.6
5 26 SHENZHEN, CN (SZX) 37 916 054 52 931 925 -28.4
6 2 BEIJING, CN (PEK) 34 513 827 100 013 642 -65.5
7 16 DENVER CO, US (DEN) 33 741 129 69 015 703 -51.1
8 37 KUNMING, CN (KMG) 32 990 805 48 076 238 -31.4
9 46 SHANGHAI, CN (SHA) 31 165 641 45 637 882 -31.7
10 40 XI’AN, CN (XIY) 31 073 924 47 220 745 -34.2
World’s Top 10 Busiest Airport 2020 by passengers

Note: Total passengers enplaned and deplaned, passengers in transit counted once.

International Passengers
2020 2019 AIRPORT 2020 2019 Percent change
1 1 DUBAI, AE (DXB) 25 831 363 86 328 896 -70.1
2 3 AMSTERDAM, NL (AMS) 20 880 990 71 679 691 -70.9
3 2 LONDON, GB (LHR) 20 650 473 76 043 973 -72.8
4 6 PARIS, FR (CDG) 19 057 856 69 841 276 -72.7
5 8 FRANKFURT, DE (FRA) 16 837 104 63 067 739 -73.3
6 14 ISTANBUL, TR (IST) 15 945 340 39 580 735 -59.7
7 15 DOHA, QA (DOH) 12 522 288 38 786 566 -67.7
8 5 INCHEON, KR (ICN) 11 955 756 70 578 050 -83.1
9 7 SINGAPORE, SG (SIN) 11 635 000 67 601 000 -82.8
10 11 MADRID, ES (MAD) 11 052 157 44 919 124 -75.4
Top 10 Airports by International Passengers

ACI World estimates that there were 58 million global aircraft movements in 2020, representing a drop of -43% from 2019. The top 10 airports represent 7% of global traffic (4.2 million movements) and experienced a drop of -34.3% compared to 2019. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport surpassed Chicago O’Hare International Airport, after leading in 2019 and 2018.

Aircraft Movements
2020 2019 AIRPORT 2020 2019 Percent change
1 2 ATLANTA GA, US (ATL)   548 016   904 301 -39.4
2 1 CHICAGO IL, US (ORD)   538 211   919 704 -41.5
3 3 DALLAS/FORT WORTH TX, US (DFW)   514 702   720 007 -28.5
4 5 DENVER CO, US (DEN)   436 971   631 955 -30.9
5 20 PHOENIX AZ, US (DVT)   402 444   456 790 -11.9
6 7 CHARLOTTE NC, US (CLT)   397 983   578 263 -31.2
7 4 LOS ANGELES CA, US (LAX)   379 364   691 257 -45.1
8 12 GUANGZHOU, CN (CAN)   373 421   491 249 -24.0
9 11 SHANGHAI, CN (PVG)   325 678   511 846 -36.4
10 8 LAS VEGAS NV, US (LAS)   323 422   552 962 -41.5
Top 10 Airports in Movements 2020: landings and takeoffs

“The data reveals the challenge airports continue to face,” said ACI Director-General Luis Felipe de Oliveira, noting that “it remains imperative that the industry is supported through direct support and sensible policy decisions.”

“The findings show that the impact remains uneven with different regions experiencing different challenges and requiring different policy decisions and support from governments to lay the foundation for recovery”






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