The busiest airports on the earth in 2023, ranked

For the twenty fifth time in 26 years, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Worldwide Airport (ATL) was named the world’s busiest airport.

The Georgia hub once more took the highest spot in Airports Council Worldwide’s annual rankings of the world’s busiest airports for 2023, based on knowledge launched by the group Monday.

Atlanta led the way in which in complete passengers enplaned and deplaned, because it has for the reason that late Nineteen Nineties with only one exception: In 2020, the airport fell to second place as uncommon journey developments on the top of the coronavirus pandemic shook up the rankings.

“It’s a testomony to our international connectivity and an affirmation of our metropolis’s place on the world stage,” Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens stated in a press release Monday.

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Notably, international air visitors surged to just about 94% of pre-pandemic ranges final 12 months, ACI’s report famous — a key step within the restoration from the pandemic, helped by a resurgence in worldwide journey.

“Airports proceed to display their resilience and adaptableness amidst the challenges posed by the ever-evolving panorama of worldwide journey,” ACI World Director Basic Luis Felipe de Oliveira stated in asserting the rankings.

What are the busiest airports on the earth?

This is the total checklist of the highest 10 busiest airports on the earth for 2023.

Rank Airport 2023 passengers 2022 rating 2019 rating
1 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Worldwide Airport (ATL) 104,653,451 1 1
2 Dubai Worldwide Airport (DXB) 86,994,365 5 4
3 Dallas Fort Price Worldwide Airport (DFW) 81,755,538 2 10
4 London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) 79,183,364 8 7
5 Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) 78,719,302 16 5
6 Denver Worldwide Airport (DEN) 77,837,917 3 16
7 Istanbul Airport (IST) 76,027,321 7 28
8 Los Angeles Worldwide Airport (LAX) 75,050,875 6 3
9 Chicago’s O’Hare Worldwide Airport (ORD) 73,894,226 4 6
10 Delhi Indira Gandhi Worldwide Airport (DEL) 72,214,814 9 17

The rankings embody a handful of U.S. airports (alongside Atlanta within the prime place) — to not point out some noteworthy shifts.

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Busiest worldwide airports

Journey to Japan bounced again in an enormous means final 12 months, bringing Tokyo’s Haneda again to its pre-pandemic spot because the world’s fifth-busiest airport.

London’s Heathrow was the fourth-busiest airport on the earth, climbing from No. 8 in 2022.

Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR). SEAN CUDAHY/THE POINTS GUY

Istanbul has seen maybe the strongest progress lately. Earlier than the pandemic, it was the Twenty eighth-busiest airport on the earth. In 2023, it was the seventh-busiest airport. That airport’s residence airline, Turkish Airways, has been rising at a quick tempo — together with within the U.S., the place it is introduced a number of new locations lately, most just lately Denver.

Although New Delhi fell from ninth place in 2022 to tenth in 2023, its four-year progress from 2019 is outstanding, amid that nation’s quick inhabitants progress — and the corresponding progress of its business aviation sector.

Busiest airports within the US

ACI’s rating of the world’s prime 10 busiest airports included 5 airports within the U.S. These are:

  1. Atlanta (first total globally)
  2. Dallas Fort Price (third)
  3. Denver (sixth)
  4. Los Angeles (eighth)
  5. Chicago’s O’Hare (ninth)

Atlanta retaining the highest spot — each within the U.S. and on the earth — comes regardless of enplanements and deplanements being down about 5% from pre-pandemic 2019.

However, it might get even stronger this 12 months.

Delta Air Traces, which calls the airport residence, just lately famous its 2024 plans embody an even bigger emphasis on Atlanta and some different “core hubs,” after spending latest years devoting assets to a fast build-up at Boston Logan Worldwide Airport (BOS) and Los Angeles.

In the meantime, the power Dallas Fort Price and Denver have proven lately versus different prime U.S. airports LAX and O’Hare continued in 2023.

Denver Worldwide Airport (DEN). SEAN CUDAHY/THE POINTS GUY

Airways in 2023 supplied 9.7% extra scheduled seats out of DFW over 2019, based on knowledge TPG seen from aviation analytics agency Cirium. The expansion was even stronger out of Denver: 17%.

On the flip aspect, LAX and O’Hare each noticed scheduled seats shrink by greater than 13% over 2019 ranges, Cirium knowledge exhibits.

In 2019, LAX was the nation’s second-busiest airport, and the world’s third-busiest. O’Hare was fourth-busiest on the earth as just lately as 2022.

It is price noting that 4 of the highest 5 busiest U.S. airports are hubs or focus cities for a number of airways.

Atlanta is residence base for Delta, and an working base for Southwest Airways — although Delta is by far the highest service. Denver is a key United Airways hub, and a Southwest base. LAX is a hub for every of the three largest U.S. carriers. O’Hare is residence base for United, and a hub for American Airways.

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