Taken from Airport World – the magazine of ACI – a recent article on the Top 10 Airports: Passenger Traffic in 2013, written by Justin Burns has little surprises. The full article as follows –

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta has retained its crown as the busiest airport in the world in 2013 – but the most notable mover in the top 10 was Dubai International up to 7th place from 10th.


First place once again goes to Atlanta in the US state of Georgia, with 94.4 million, but down 1.13% on the 95.5 million in 2012. In second place was Beijing Capital International Airport, with 83.7 million passengers, a 2.2% increase on 2012, while third was London Heathrow, where traffic reached 72.3 million, an increase of 3.4% on 2012.


Tokyo Haneda International Airport stayed in fourth spot with 69 million, a rise of 2.6% and in fifth, was Chicago O’Hare International Airport, the second busiest in the US, which welcomed 66.9 million, up 0.1%.


In sixth spot and growing fast was Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with 66.66 million passengers, a growth of 4.7% on 2012, just in front of Dubai International in seventh, which saw a 15.2% rise on 2012 to 66.4 million.


In eighth place, up from ninth, and Asia-Pacific’s fourth busiest is Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, with 62.04 million, up 3.4% on 2012, and narrowly edging out in ninth and Europe’s second busiest in 2013, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, with 62 million, up 0.7% on 2012.


Taking the last spot in the top 10, was Dallas/Fort Worth, where passenger numbers reached 60.4 million, a rise of 3.2%.


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
94.4 million (-1.13%)
83.7 million (+2.2%)
London Heathrow
72.3 million (+3.4%)
Tokyo Haneda
69.0 million (+2.6%)
Chicago O’Hare
66.9 million (+0.1%)
Los Angeles International
66.6 million (+4.7%)
Dubai International
66.4 million (+15.2%)
Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta
62.1 million (+3.4%)
Paris Charles de Gaulle
62.0 million (+0.7%)
Dallas/Forth Worth
60.4 million (+3.2%)


Just outside the top 10, was Hong Kong International Airport, which set a new record of 59.9 million travellers, up 6.1% on 2012 and is set to reach the top 10 in 2014. Rising 0.9% and Europe’s third busiest, was Frankfurt International, which handled 58 million, up from 57.5 million in 2012, while Singapore Changi Airport had a record year, handling 53.7 million passengers, up 5% on 2012.

Amsterdam Schiphol, handled 52.5 million passengers, a new record, making its Europe’s fourth busiest airport, and up from 51 million, while Istanbul Atakurk Airport welcomed 51.3 million, up 13%.

Political problems, may have led to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi welcoming 50.9 million passengers in 2013, a drop on the 53 million in 2012.



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