The 10 busiest airports in the world


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These were the 10 busiest airports in the world in 2013. 4 out of the top 10 were in the U.S.

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The 10 busiest airports in the world

  1. The 10 Busiest Airports in the World Photo: The Motley Fool
  2. Overview • 10 airports in the world hosted more than 60 million passengers in 2013. – 4 of the top 10 are in the U.S. Read on to see if you’ve been to one of the top 10…
  3. No. 10: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport • DFW is the primary airport for the fourth-largest metro area in the U.S. – American Airlines operates its largest hub there. – 60.4 million passengers used DFW in 2013. Photo: American Airlines
  4. No. 9: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport • CDG is the primary entry point to France. – Air France operates its main hub there. – 62.0 million passengers used Charles de Gaulle Airport in 2013. Charles de Gaulle Airport is the main hub for Air France and the busiest airport in continental Europe. (Source: NASA)
  5. No. 8: Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport • Jakarta is the second largest metro area in the world. – Soekarno-Hatta Airport is the main hub for fast-growing Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air. – 62.1 million passengers used Soekarno-Hatta Airport in 2013. Lion Air is one of several Indonesian airlines based at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  6. No. 7: Dubai International Airport • Dubai International Airport jumped from No. 10 in 2012. – Emirates, the largest airline by international passenger traffic, has its main hub there. – 66.4 million passengers used Dubai International Airport in 2013 – up from just 18.1 million in 2003! Emirates’ rapid growth has catapulted Dubai International Airport to the No. 7 spot in the world. (Photo: The Motley Fool)
  7. No. 6: Los Angeles International Airport • LAX is the main airport for the second-largest metro area in the U.S. – It has regularly been No. 1 in the world for origin and destination (i.e. non-connecting) traffic. – 66.6 million passengers passed through LAX in 2013. Planes on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  8. No. 5: Chicago-O’Hare International Airport • O’Hare Airport was the busiest in the world for many years. – Passenger traffic at O’Hare never recovered from the Great Recession, though. – 66.9 million passengers used O’Hare last year. Photo: USGS
  9. No. 4: Tokyo Haneda Airport • Haneda is Tokyo’s main domestic airport and also serves some international flights. – Japan Airlines and ANA both operate hubs there. – 69.0 million passengers used Haneda Airport last year. ANA and top rival Japan Airlines operate competing hubs at Haneda Airport. (Photo: The Motley Fool)
  10. No. 3: London-Heathrow Airport • Heathrow is the preferred airport for travel to London. – British Airways controls more than half of the takeoff and landing slots at Heathrow. – 72.3 million passengers used Heathrow Airport last year. London Heathrow is the main base for British Airways. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  11. No. 2: Beijing Capital International Airport • Each of China’s four top airlines have major operations in Beijing. – A new Beijing-area airport is under construction to relieve overcrowding at Beijing Capital Airport. – 83.7 million passengers used Beijing Capital Airport last year. Beijing Capital Airport is the main airport for Beijing and the second busiest in the world. (Photo: The Motley Fool)
  12. No. 1: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport • Delta operates the largest airline hub in the world at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. – Delta has nearly 1,000 daily departures in Atlanta. – 94.4 million passengers used Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in 2013. Delta operates the largest hub in the world at the world’s busiest airport. (Photo: The Motley Fool)
  13. Foolish wrap • Once again, Atlanta was the busiest airport in the world in 2013. – However, several big airports outside the U.S. are gaining ground. • Delta customers in Atlanta have unrivaled flight options due to Delta’s large hub there. Atlanta wins again!
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