The World’s Busiest Airport

Dubai Airport handled 83.6 million travellers in 2016, new figures have shown, making it – still – the busiest in the world in terms of international passengers.

10. Atatürk International Airport – 41.1m

Istanbul’s biggest airport, and the main hub for Turkish Airlines, has grown even more rapidly than Dubai. It welcomed 11.4m total passengers in 2002, a figure that rose to 60.1m last year.

9. Suvarnabhumi Airport – 46m

Bangkok’s main airport opened in 2006 and is the main hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, and Orient Thai Airlines.

The world's busiest airport
Suvarnabhumi Airport – 46m

8. Incheon International Airport – 48.7m

The world’s second best airport according to the 2016 Skytrax Awards, Incheon International features an ice rink, casino, golf course, spa, sauna, free showers and seven gardens.

Incheon International Airport – 48.7m

7. Frankfurt Airport – 54m

Germany’s largest airport is also the biggest in the world in terms of total international destinations served. Total passenger numbers of 61m make it the 12th busiest airport overall.

Frankfurt Airport – 54m

6. Singapore Changi Airport – 54.8m

Needless to say, international passengers account for all of Singapore’s traffic – it is a city state, after all. The airport has been named the world’s best in the Skytrax Awards for four years on the bounce.

The world's busiest airport
Singapore Changi Airport – 54.8m

5. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – 58.2m

The busiest routes from Amsterdam Airport – with its six runways – are to Heathrow, Barcelona, Paris, Rome and Gatwick.

4. Paris – Charles de Gaulle Airport – 60.4m

The ninth busiest airport overall, Paris-Charles de Gaulle is fourth in terms of international passengers. Its busiest routes are to New York JFK, Heathrow, Barcelona El Prat and Dubai, while Air France is its biggest customer.

The world's busiest airport
Paris – Charles de Gaulle Airport – 60.4m

3. Hong Kong International Airport – 68.1m

Built on the island of Chek Lap Kok, on reclaimed land, Hong Kong International opened in 1998. It has grown in size by 153 per cent since 2002, when it handled just 27m passengers.

The world's busiest airport
Hong Kong International Airport – 68.1m

2. London Heathrow Airport – 71m

The busiest airport in Europe welcomed just over 30m fliers in 1985 – now that figure stands at more than 70m. Its shortage of runways makes further growth difficult.

The world's busiest airport
London Heathrow Airport – 71m

1. Dubai International Airport – 77.5m

As outlined above, Dubai remains the world’s busiest in terms of international passengers, and third busiest overall (behind Beijing Capital and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta).