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Largest Airports in the World

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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 was in Maryland USA which was established in 1909 by flying pioneer Wilbur Wright and it’s still in use today. The world’s oldest international airport is claimed by Croydon airport in England. From March 1920 it was the first airport capable of handling international passengers. Croydon served London until 1959 when it was closed after the new London Heathrow airport opened.

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Largest Airports in the World[1] # Country / Territory IATA code[2] ICAO code[3] Passengers Latest[4] Change[5] Airport Opened[6] Terminals[7] Distance from city (km) Distance from city (miles) Direction from city
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta Airport 1 🇺🇸 USA ATL KATL 107,394,029 0 1925 7 16 9.9 South
Beijing Capital Airport 2 🇨🇳 China PEK ZBAA 100,983,290 0 1958 3 29 18 North east
Dubai Airport 3 🇦🇪 UAE DXB OMDB 89,149,387 0 1960 3 5 3.1 South east
Los Angeles Airport 4 🇺🇸 USA LAX KLAX 87,534,384 3 1930 5 24 14.9 West
Tokyo Haneda Airport 5 🇯🇵 Japan HND RJTT 87,131,973 0 1937 9 25 15.5 West
Chicago O’Hare Airport 6 🇺🇸 USA ORD KORD 83,339,186 -2🔻 1944 4 23 14 North west
London Heathrow Airport 7 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿England, 🇬🇧 UK LHR EGLL 80,126,320 -1🔻 1955 4 27 16.8 North west
Hong Kong Airport 8 🇭🇰 Hong Kong,  🇨🇳 SAR China HKG VHHH 74,517,402 0 1998 2 39 24.2 North west
Shanghai Pudong Airport 9 🇨🇳 China PVG ZSPD 74,006,331 4 2004 1 28 17.4 North
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport 10 🇫🇷 France CDG LFPG 72,229,723 -1🔻 1999 2 30 18.6 East
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport 11 🇳🇱 Netherlands AMS EHAM 71,053,157 3 1936 2 12 7.5 South west
New Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport 12 🇮🇳 India DEL VIDP 69,900,938 13 1986 6 16 9.9 South west
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport 13 🇨🇳 China CAN ZGGG 69,769,497 4 1984 2 31 19.3 North west
Frankfurt Airport 14 🇩🇪 Germany FRA EDDF 69,510,269 -2🔻 1974 5 35 21.7 North west
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport 15 🇺🇸 USA DFW KDFW 69,112,607 -5🔻 1974 3 26 16.2 North east
Seoul Incheon Airport 16 🇰🇷 South Korea ICN RKSI 68,350,784 6 1927 4 21 13 South
Istanbul Atatürk Airport 17 🇹🇷 Turkey IST LTBA 68,192,683 -6🔻 1920 1 14 8.7 South west
Soekarno–Hatta Airport 18 🇮🇩 Indonesia CGK WIII 66,908,159 0 1981 3 12 7.5 East
Singapore Changi Airport 19 🇸🇬 Singapore SIN WSSS 65,628,000 -3🔻 1981 4 20 12 East
Denver Airport 20 🇺🇸 USA DEN KDEN 64,494,613 -1🔻 2001 1 48 29.8 West
Suvarnabhumi Airport 21 🇹🇭 Thailand BKK VTBS 63,378,923 -1🔻 1995 3 37 23 North east
John F. Kennedy Airport 22 🇺🇸 USA JFK KJFK 61,909,148 -7🔻 1924 3 24 14.9 South west
Kuala Lumpur Airport 23 🇲🇾 Malaysia KUL WMKK 59,959,000 0 1993 2 58 36 South
Madrid Barajas Airport 24 🇪🇸Spain MAD LEMD 57,891,340 0 1948 9 24 14.9 East
San Francisco Airport 25 🇺🇸 USA SFO KSFO 57,793,313 -4🔻 2006 1 30 18.6 East
Chengdu Shuangliu Airport 26 🇨🇳 China CTU ZUUU 52,950,000 5 1956 2 16 10 South west
Barcelona–El Prat Airport 27 🇪🇸Spain BCN LEBL 50,172,457 13 1918 2 12 7.5 South west
Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport 28 🇮🇳India BOM VABB 49,877,918 7 1945 2 5 3 West
Seattle-Tacoma Airport 29 🇺🇸 USA SEA KSEA 49,849,520 3 1944 1 23 14 South
Las Vegas McCarran Airport 30 🇺🇸 USA LAS KLAS 49,716,584 -4🔻 1948 2 8 5 South
Toronto Pearson Airport 31 🇨🇦 Canada YYZ CYYZ 49,507,418 2 1958 2 22.5 14 North west
Shenzhen Bao’an Airport 32 🇨🇳 China SZX ZGSZ 49,350,000 7 1991 1 32 20 North west
Mexico City Benito Juárez Airport 33 🇲🇽 Mexico MEX MMMX 47,700,547 12 1943 2 5 3 East
Orlando Airport 34 🇺🇸 USA MCO KMCO 47,696,627 8 1981 2 10 6 South east

Largest Airports Notes:

* Airports participating in the ACI Annual Traffic Statistics Collection. [1] Largest airports ranked by annual passenger numbers to end of 2018. [2] IATA The International Air Transport Association. [3] ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization. [4] Annual passenger numbers to end of 2018. [5] Change since 2015. [6] Some airports had former uses and names before the listed opening date.

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