Move over, Guangzhou. Georgia’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is by and by the world’s most active air terminal. The US air terminal was knocked off its No. 1 roost to the No. 2 space in traveler volume in 2020 by Guangzhou Baryon International Airport in China, breaking the Atlanta air terminal’s 22-year streak in the top opening. In any case, in the 2021 rankings delivered on Monday by profession affiliation Airports Council International, ATL is back on top, an indication of recuperation from 2020’s sharp dive in air traffic as the pandemic grabbed hold. In 2021, the Atlanta air terminal saw 75.7 million travelers. That figure is up an astounding 76% from 2020 yet almost 32% beneath pre-pandemic 2019 figures. Guangzhou’s air terminal dropped to No. 8 of every 2021, with 40.3 million travelers.
US and China switch places
Given the much faster recovery of domestic travel compared with international travel, airports that were way down the list of the world’s busiest airports pre-pandemic have leaped up into the top 10.The airports in Charlotte, North Carolina (No. 6); Orlando, Florida (No. 7); and Las Vegas (No. 10) are new to the top 10 this year. Vacation magnets Orlando and Las Vegas were No. 31 and No. 30 for passenger traffic before the pandemic in 2019.The United States’ strong showing in the top 10 is a reversal from 2020, when airports in China took seven of the top 10 slots. China’s dominance in 2020 was because of the early rebound of domestic travel in China.
World’s top 10 busiest airports for passenger traffic in 2021
- 1. Atlanta (ATL): 75.7 million passengers, up 76% from 2020
- 2. Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW): 62.5 million passengers, up 59% from 2020
- 3. Denver (DEN): 58.8 million passengers, up 74% from 2020
- 4. Chicago O’Hare (ORD): 54 million passengers, up 75% from 2020
- 5. Los Angeles (LAX): 48 million passengers, up 67% from 2020
- 6. Charlotte (CLT): 43.3 million passengers, up 59% from 2020
- 7. Orlando (MCO): 40.4 million passengers, up 87% from 2020
- 8. Guangzhou (CAN): 40.3 million passengers, down 8% from 2020
- 9. Chengdu (CTU): 40.1 million passengers, down 1.5% from 2020
- 10. Las Vegas (LAS): 39.8 million passengers, up 79% from 2020