Top 7 Busiest Airports in 2010

These days we are constantly hearing the news about how many people can’t fly due to the bad weather across Europe. Some of these news mention that Frankfurt, in Germany, is one of the busiest airports in the world. These type of news reminds me how many cities claims that the have the busiest airport in the world, so I checked some sources to bring you the most consistent list, according to the total passenger tranffic between January and August 2010, of the busiest airports:

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Atlanta, Ga, USA)

Total passenger traffic: 59 790 608

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is located 11 km (7 miles) south of the central business district of Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

It has been the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic and number of landings and take-offs since 1999, serving 88 million passengers per year.

The airport is the primary hub of AirTran Airways, Delta Air Lines, and Delta Connection partner Atlantic Southeast Airlines. The Delta hub is the world’s largest airline hub.

2. Beijing Capital International Airport (Beijing, China)

Total passenger traffic:  48 912 712

Beijing Capital International Airport is the main international airport of Beijing, China.

It is located 32 km (20 miles) northeast of Beijing’s city centre.

It was the busiest airport in Asia in terms of passenger traffic and total traffic movements by 2009.

Beijing Capital is the main hub for Air China, the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China, which flies to around 120 destinations (excluding cargo) from Beijing.

The Conde Nast Traveler magazine named the Beijing Capital International as the World’s Best Airport in 2009.

To accommodate the growing traffic volume, Beijing Capital added the enormous Terminal 3 in 2008, the second largest airport terminal in the world after Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3, and the third largest building in the world by area.

3. O’Hare International Airport (Chicago, Ill, USA)

Total passenger traffic: 44 576 625

O’Hare International Airport is a major airport located in the northwestern-most corner of Chicago, Illinois, United States, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Chicago Loop.

It serves as the primary and largest hub for United Airlines.

O’Hare International Airport has been voted the ‘Best Airport in North America’ for 10 years by two separate sources: Readers of the US Edition of Business Traveler Magazine (1998-2003) and Global Traveler Magazine (2004-2007).

4. Heathrow Airport (London, UK)


Total passenger traffic: 43 484 496

Heathrow Airport in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is the largest airport in the United Kingdom.

Terminal 5 was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on March 14, 2008 and opened to passengers on March 27, 2008.

Construction of a new Terminal 2 complex to replace the terminal building and adjacent Queen’s Building began in 2009; the first phase is expected to open in 2014.

5. Tokyo International Airport (Tokyo, Japan)


Total passenger traffic: 42 006 407

Tokyo International Airport, commonly known as Haneda Airport, is one of the two primary airports serving the Greater Tokyo Area. It is located in Ota, Tokyo, 14 km (8.7 mi) south of Tokyo Station, Japan.

It handles almost all domestic flights to and from Tokyo.

6. Los Angeles International Airport (Los Angeles, Ca, USA)


Total passenger traffic:  39 502 735

Los Angeles International Airport is the primary airport serving Los Angeles, California, the second-most populated metropolitan area of the United States.

The airport is a major hub for United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and American Airlines and a focus city for Southwest Airlines, Allegiant Air, Air New Zealand, Qantas, and Virgin America.

It also serves as an international gateway for Delta Air Lines.

7. Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris, France)


total passenger traffic: 38 859 861

Charles de Gaulle Airport, also known as Roissy Airport, in the Paris area, is one of the world’s primary aviation centers, as well as France’s main airport.

The airport serves as the principal hub for Air France and is a European hub for Delta Air Lines.

Source: Rediff.com
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