When we travel, especially if we have to reach destinations far from Italy, taking a plane becomes necessary. Every day the skies are crossed by airplanes that take travelers to every part of the world, who take them away from home to go and discover another country.
But have you ever stopped to think about how many people actually pass through an airport? How many stories are contained within these walls? Goodbye, goodbye, new adventures and experiences, meetings, dreams that come true with a plane ticket in hand. Let's find out together which are the largest airports in the world for passenger traffic!
NB: The following ranking is based on data collected by the Airports Council International (ACI) with the most recent update (2019). These data take into account arriving passengers, departing passengers and those in direct transit.
- Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten (IND)
- Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan (THAI)
- Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (IND)
- Singapore Changi Airport, Changi, East Region (SG)
- Seoul Incheon International Airport, Incheon (KR)
- Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado (USA)
- Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt, Hesse (DE)
- Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, Islands, New Territories (HKG)
- Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Haarlemmermeer, North Holland (NL)
- Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Baiyun-Huadu, Guangzhou, Guangdong (CHN)
- Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (USA)
- Charles de Gaulle Airport, Roissy-en-France, Île-de-France (FR)
- Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Pudong, Shanghai (CHN)
- London Heathrow Airport, Hillingdon, London (UK)
- O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois (USA)
- Dubai International Airport, Garhoud, Dubai (UAE)
- Tokyo Haneda Airport, Ōta, Tokyo (JPN)
- Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California (USA)
- Beijing Capital International Airport, Chaoyang-Shunyi, Beijing (CHN)
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
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20 - Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten (IND)
It is theJakarta International Airport, on the island of Java, Indonesia. It is the largest in this whole area of the country and is in the twentieth position of the busiest airports in the world. It is also one of the main ports of call in Southeast Asia.
Inside you will find 3 terminal, 150 check-in desks, 42 gates and all the essential services for travelers, including ATMs, WiFi, Lost & Founds, shops, bars and restaurants.
19 - Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan (THAI)
It is theBangkok International Airport! In addition to being the most important airport in Thailand, where all international flights arrive (if you take a flight to Bangkok you will surely arrive here), it is also one of the most important airports in all of Southeast Asia.
The airport is composed of 7 different levels and 263 check-in desks (although they are never all open at the same time). Of course, there is no shortage of services, such as duty free, shops of many famous brands, restaurants, bars and everything a traveler needs.
18 - Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (IND)
In 18th place we find the Indira Gandhi International Airport, or theDelhi international airport. It is also the main hub of all of India! The name was chosen in honor of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in office from 1980 to 1984.
It consists of 3 terminals, where Terminal 1 and 2 are used for low cost airlines, while Terminal 3 is one of the largest in the world. In addition to basic services such as ATMs, currency exchange and medical assistance, there are plenty of lounges divided by company, area and destination.
17 - Singapore Changi Airport, Changi, East Region (SG)
It is the international airport of Singapore, the city-state of Southeast Asia. Seventeenth in position with 68.300.000, it is not the busiest but certainly falls among the most beautiful in the world! It also represents one of the most important stopovers in this whole area.
Inside you will be speechless for its modernity! In the departures terminal it seems to be inside a jungle, with a wonderful internal waterfall. It is really very extensive and consists of 4 terminal, each with a large number of services for travelers.
16 - Seoul Incheon International Airport, Incheon (KR)
We always stay in Asia, where the Seoul Incheon is the South Korea's largest airport and it is the international airport of Seoul, the country's capital. It is in sixteenth place with 68.350.784 passengers in 2019.
It consists of 2 terminal, connected by a rail train, Terminal 1 (the international terminal) and Terminal 2, the latter operational since 2018. Here, too, there is no shortage of basic and more luxury services. In addition to the business lounges, there are also spas, a real hospital and an observatory.
15 - Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado (USA)
We are located in the city of Denver, in the state of Colorado, in the center of the United States. Its main feature are the particular white pointed roofs, built with the purpose of remembering the Rocky Mountains, one of the major attractions in the area.
It consists of a single, very large terminal, divided into three sections: A, B and C. The entire airport complex occupies 140 square km! Essential services are present in all sections, you will also find areas dedicated to pets, children and those traveling by bicycle!
14 - Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt, Hesse (DE)
It is located in Frankfurt and is one of the most important European airports, stopover for many international flights! It is the largest airport in Germany and the third largest in Europe!
It consists of 2 terminals, where Terminal 1 is the oldest and largest, used mainly by the German airline Lufthansa, and other international airlines. Work is underway for a third terminal, with scheduled opening for 2023. There is no shortage of services: ATMs, banks, areas dedicated to families with children, rooms for yoga and even the Gaming World, to pass the time.
13 - Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, Islands, New Territories (HKG)
We fly back to Asia, to the autonomous territory of Hong Kong, in the southeast of China. Here is the airport, which with 71.541.000 passengers in 2019 ranks thirteenth. IS' also known as Chek Lap Kok, taking up the name of the island where it is located.
It consists of 2 terminal, but the busiest and with the greatest arrivals and departures is Terminal 2. Not only basic services such as restaurants, shops and bars, but throughout the airport you can also find temporary exhibitions and real entertainment events, such as small concerts and workshops.
12 - Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Haarlemmermeer, North Holland (NL)
In the Netherlands it is located one of the main European airports. It is the most important in the country and it is also one of the first in the world for the number of tracks, well 6.
The airport consists of one large passenger terminal, which is spread over three floors and is divided into different sections: B, C, D, E, F, G, H and M. Here there are 165 boarding gates and you can find any type of service for travelers ! The construction of a new terminal is also planned, which should be activated in 2023.
11 - Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Baiyun-Huadu, Guangzhou, Guangdong (CHN)
Let's go back to China, in the Huadu district of Canton city. Here is the Guangzhou-Baiyun International Airport, it is one of the most important airports in the country, as well as being the largest in South China.
It consists of two different terminals. Terminal 1 is divided into three parts and serves mainly international flights and very few domestic flights. Terminal 2 was built in 2018 and is the main hun of China Southern Airlines and its partners. Here too you will find a wide choice of services.
10 - Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (USA)
We fly back to America, this time to Texas. In the middle of the table, with 75.066.956 passengers, we find the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport, which is located between the two American cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. And the second largest airport in the United States and has no less than 7 slopes.
It consists of 5 Terminals (A, B, C, D, E) and is the main hub of the American Airlines company, with approximately 745 daily flights, and one of the hubs of American Eagle Airlines. All terminals provide all the necessary services for passengers, such as shops, restaurants, bars, ATMs and areas dedicated to smokers.
9 - Charles de Gaulle Airport, Roissy-en-France, Île-de-France (FR)
We return to Europe and after Germany and the Netherlands we fly to France. This is where Charles de Gaulle Airport is located, 25 km northeast of the capital Paris. And the largest and busiest French airport, in Europe it is second only to London airport.
It consists of 8 different terminals, all active and from which numerous flights depart and arrive daily. These terminals are connected by an excellent network of automatic shuttle buses and metros, guaranteed to all passengers and completely free. Each terminal is packed with services for travelers.
8 - Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Pudong, Shanghai (CHN)
Let's go back to China, to Shanghai, where this airport, with 76.153.500 passengers in 2019, gets the eighth position. It is one of the two airports serving the city of Shanghai and is located, as the name suggests, in the Pudong district. And the second most important Chinese airport, after that of Beijing.
The airport consists of two terminals, which are connected by a shuttle service that follows a circular route, stopping on the third floor of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 1 is the main one, where both international and domestic flights arrive. several airlines, while Terminal 2 is mainly served by Air China and Star Alliance airlines.
7 - London Heathrow Airport, Hillingdon, London (UK)
In seventh place, with 80.844.310 passengers in 2019, we find the latest European airport in the ranking: London Heathrow Airport, which serves the English capital and all the surrounding areas. This is thebusiest airport in Europe, as well as being an important airport in the world, as it is connected with many countries and with many flights that depart daily.
It consists of 4 terminals, T2, T3, T4 and T5 (T1 is temporarily closed). The T2 and T3 are well connected to each other by underground passages, which therefore allow you to move around on foot, while to reach the others it is necessary to use the express train and the shuttle buses provided by the airport.
6 - O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Let's go back to America, in the state of Illinois. Here we find the Chicago International Airport. Besides being one of the busiest in the world, it is also the third largest airport in the United States, after Los Angeles and Atlanta.
It consists of 4 different terminals, T1, T2, T3 and T5. The latter consists of 21 gates and is the international terminal, where all non-American companies arrive. American Airlines 'hub is located in T3, while United Airlines' T1 is located. finally, T2 is served exclusively by the flights of US Airways, Delta Air Lines and Air Canada.
5 - Dubai International Airport, Garhoud, Dubai (UAE)
In fifth position, with 86.396.757 in 2019, we find the first and only airport on the Arabian Peninsula in the ranking. This is thelargest and most important airport in the Middle East and is located just 4 km from the city.
The airport consists of 3 terminals. All international flights arrive at Terminal 1, with the exception of Emirates, Qantas and flydubai airlines. The latter only serves Terminal 2, while the Emirates and Qantas airlines pass through Terminal 3.
4 - Tokyo Haneda Airport, Ōta, Tokyo (JPN)
It's time to fly to Japan, where the fourth-ranked airport is located, with 87,131,973 passengers. It is about one of the main airports in the metropolitan area of the Japanese capital Tokyo. Furthermore, it is the hub of the Japan Airlines airline and is mainly known by the name of Haneda Airport.
It consists of two terminals divided into arrivals and departures. In fact, we have the Departure Terminal, with check-in services and all stages of security checks, and the Arrival Terminal, where the immigration services are located where you can present your passport and visa. Both terminals are equipped with numerous services.
3 - Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California (USA)
And here we are at the top 3, which includes two American airports. In third place, with 88.068.013 passengers, is the Los Angeles International Airpor, in Los Angeles, in the state of California. And the second largest airport in the United States, with flights that depart and arrive from all five continents!
It consists of 8 terminals (T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6, T7 and T8) plus the Tom Bradley International Terminal, opened for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, located between T3 and T4. All terminals have all passenger services, such as restaurants, bars, ATMs, banks, shops and much more.
2 - Beijing Capital International Airport, Chaoyang-Shunyi, Beijing (CHN)
In second place, with 100.011.000 passengers, the main airport of China, located about 32 km from its capital, Beijing. To be precise, it is located in the Chaoyang district, which is part of the larger Shunyi district.
It consists of three terminals, the third was built in 2008 and greatly increased the traffic of the entire airport. They are in turn divided into further sections, indicated by letters of the alphabet. T1 is for domestic flights, while T2 and T3 welcome international flights. All terminals host a large number of services.
1 - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
And here we are in the first position. The airport is located in the state of Georgia, which with 110.531.300 passengers has earned the top position as busiest airport in the world! It serves the city of Atlanta and all surrounding areas.
The airport consists of two terminals: the Domestic Terminal for domestic flights (within the United States) and the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal, which welcomes all international flights and where the check-ins are located. The airport also offers all the essential services for a traveler.