World’s busiest and fastest growing airports

Fast-moving hubs to watch are in Asia, US and Europe
Traffic at the world’s 20 busiest air passenger hubs grew 4.7% in 2016, according to a new report, reaching more than 1.4 billion passengers, or 18% of global passenger traffic.
In particular, there are “robust gains” in passenger traffic at hub airports serving trans-Pacific and East Asian routes, Airports Council International’s preliminary world airport traffic rankings for the year points out.
But Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) keeps the top spot as the world’s busiest airport, boasting over 104 million passengers, 2.6% more than 2015. Beijing (PEK) holds onto second place.
Based on reports from 1,179 airports worldwide, ACI’s results explain that Atlanta is within a two-hour flight of 80% of the United States’ population. Many experts expected it to be overtaken by Beijing by 2015, but China’s busiest airport has seen subdued growth due to capacity constraints.
Dubai (DXB) remains third. As a major connection point for long-haul international flights, it is the world’s busiest hub for international passengers ahead of London-Heathrow (LHR). Total passenger traffic at DXB grew 7.2% in 2016.
Los Angeles (LAX) moved from seventh to fourth, expanding 10.6%, solidifying a position as one of the fastest growing hubs driven by a strengthened US economy and competitive fares.
Asian airlines continue to impact the North American market on key international and trans-Pacific segments across airport pairs, particularly from China, one of the major airports being Shanghai Pudong (PVG), which grew 9.8% in 2016 to over 66 million passengers, climbing to ninth place.
Seoul Incheon (ICN), a major Korean hub in East Asia, experienced passenger growth of 17.1% in 2016. Even after factoring in the effects of the outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome, which depressed stats in summer 2015, it would still have achieved growth of at least 10%.
Tokyo Haneda (HND), the world’s fifth busiest airport and Japan’s largest, grew 5.5% by total passenger traffic for 2016.
Amsterdam-Schiphol (AMS) grew 9.2%, while other fast risers include Denver (DEN), up almost 8%, and two airports outside the top 20 that are growing fast: Delhi (DEL, 21st) and Doha (DOH, 50th), both of which saw growth of over 20%.
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