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Largest Airports in the World

Handy Facts About 20 Largest Airports in the World

The Airports Council International, based in Switzerland, is the industry organization which compiles and publishes data for all the largest airports in the world every year. Atlanta leads the largest airports in the word table by a wide margin and has done so since 2000.

The world’s oldest airport is a subject of some discussion. Flying pioneer Wilbur Wright established an airfield which is still in use in Maryland (USA) in 1909 already, but Croydon, England, has some claim to being the first to handle international passengers from March 1920 – just before Schiphol. It served London until it was replaced by Heathrow, and closed in 1959.

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Largest Airports in the World # 2015 passengers 2013 passengers (million) IATA-Code Country Open Flights per year Terminals Distance from city (km) Distance from city (miles) Direction from city Jobs
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson 1 101,489,887 94.4 ATL USA 1925 930,000 7 16 9.9 south 55,000
Beijing Capital 2 89,938,628 83.7 PEK PR China 1958 488,500 3 29 18 north east
Dubai 3 78,010,265 66.4 VAE United Arab Emirates 1960 326,000 3 5 3.1 south east 3,600
Chicago O’Hare 4 76,942,493 66.9 ORD USA 1955 881,500 4 27 16.8 north west 48,000
Tokyo Haneda 5 75,316,718 68.9 HND Japan 1931 324,000 2 15 9.3 south
London Heathrow 6 74,989,914 72.4 LHR England 1930 476,000 5 24 14.9 west 76,000
Los Angeles 7 74,704,122 66.7 LAX USA 1937 657,000 9 25 15.5 west 50,000
Hong Kong International 8 68,342,785 59.6 HKG Hong Kong 1998 306,000 2 39 24.2 north west 60,000
Paris Charles de Gaulle 9 65,771,288 62.1 CDG France 1974 514,000 3 26 16.2 north east 75,500
Dallas/Fort Worth 10 64,072,468 60.4 DFW USA 1974 656,400 5 35 21.7 north west 41,000
Atatürk International 11 61,836,781 IST Turkey 1924 290,000 3 24 14.9 south west 25,000
Frankfurt 12 61,032,022 58.0 FRA Germany 1936 482,000 2 12 7.5 south west 75,000
Shanghai Pudong International 13 60,053,387 PVG China 1999 2 30 18.6 east
Amsterdam Schiphol 14 58,284,848 52.6 AMS Netherlands 1920 440,000 1  14 8.7 south west 57,600
John F. Kennedy New York 15 56,845,250 50.4 JKF USA 1948 409,300 9 24 14.9 east 35,000
Singapore Changi 16 55,449,000 53.7 SIN Singapore 1981 302,000 3 12 7.5 east
Guangzhou Baiyun 17 55,201,915 52.4 CAN PR China 2004 395,000 1 28 17.4 north
Soekarno-Hatta 18 54,053,905 59.7 CGK Indonesia 1984 370,000 2 31 19.3 north west
Denver 19 54,014,903 52.5 DEN USA 1995 635,000 3 37 23 north east 30,000
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi 20 52,808,013 51.4 BKK Thailand 2006 266,000 1 30 18.6 east
San Francisco International 21 50,057,826 SFO USA 1927 4 21 13 south
Incheon International 22 49,412,750 ICN South Korea 2001 1 48 29.8 west
Kuala Lumpur 23 48,934,118 47.5 KUL Malaysia 1993 325,000 2 58 36 south

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