World’s busiest airports listed

Is gap between top and second-top airports narrowing?
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the USA is still the world’s busiest airport, with 96 million passengers last year. But the gap between it and second-placed Beijing is narrowing, a new report by the Airports Council International reveals.
Traffic in Atlanta was up 1.9% during 2014. Beijing, with 86 million passengers, saw 2.9% growth. But the Chinese capital’s earlier double-digit growth appears to be over.
London Heathrow places third with 73.5 million pax, up just 1.4%, closely followed by Tokyo Haneda with 72.8 million, up 5.7%. In fifth is Los Angeles, up 6% at 70.7 million, Dubai in sixth, up 6.1% to 70.5 million, and Chicago seventh at 70 million, up 4.5%.
Paris Charles de Gaulle, Dallas-Fort Worth and Hong Kong make up the rest of the top 10, all at 63 to 64 million. The world’s top 30 airport cities see more than a third of global passenger traffic.
London remains the world’s biggest airport system, with nearly 147 million passengers handled at six airports. New York is second with 116 million passengers at three airports.
Globally, passenger numbers increased by 5.7% in 2014 to more than 6.7 billion, the report says. The strongest growth in traffic was seen in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. But shifts in these countries’ economies mean this may change in 2015.
“Passenger traffic remained resilient in the face of the global uncertainties that beleaguered many economies in 2013 and 2014,” Angela Gittens, ACI director, said in a press release.