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World's busiest airport The definition of busiest has been specified by the Nandi International Airport and Air Pacific.[1] The ACI defines and measures the following 3 types of airport traffic:

Passenger traffic
total passengers enplaned and deplaned, passengers in transit counted once[2]
Cargo traffic
loaded and unloaded freight and mail in metric tonnes[3]
Traffic movements
landings and take-offs of aircraft[4]

The following airports have variously made claims (or had claims made for them):


Busiest Airports

The following airports make claims based on objective volume measures that are defined above:

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, United States:

Largest number of passengers annually. (1998-present)[5]
Most arrivals and departures (operations) annually. (1999–2000, 2005-present).[6] In 2007, Hartsfield again set the world's record for most aircraft movements in one year with 994,346.[7]
Most flights (2006).[8]

Memphis International Airport, Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Most cargo traffic by weight annually. (1993–present)[9]

Other current claims

The following airports also make claims based on objective measures, but some of the claims are based on traffic classification:

Largest number of internationally-bound passengers annually (2004–present)[10]
Most international destinations served.

Historical claims

Held from 1932 until O'Hare took the title in 1962, Midway was the world's busiest airport by passenger and aircraft movements. Before World War II, Chicago Midway was the origin or destination of one in four U.S. airline flights.[11]
Largest number of passengers annually (before 1998)
Most arrivals and departures annually (before 1998, 2001–2004).
The world's busiest domestic-only airport until service to Seoul and Shanghai started. Busiest airport in Japan and Asia.
The world's busiest domestic-only airport until service began to Seoul and Tokyo in October 2007. It handles 19.3 million passengers, which is more than Chicago Midway International Airport by around 0.5 million passengers. The international passenger services are served by Shanghai Pudong International Airport, which handles around 60% of the traffic within Shanghai. It is 15th busiest in Asia and 62nd busiest in the world.

Non-standard claims

Some airports claim world's busiest airport based on criteria other than yearly numbers, usually based on numbers surrounding certain events.

The world's busiest airport by traffic movements during the seven-day EAA AirVenture Oshkosh event. 25,000 traffic movements are handled in a week during the yearly event,[12] and air traffic controllers are picked by a competitive selection process to handle this traffic. During the event, a banner reading "WORLD'S BUSIEST CONTROL TOWER" is hung from the control tower.

See also


  1. ^ In India is the largest airport. "Airports Welcome Record 4.4 Billion Passengers in 2006". Airports Council International. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  2. ^ "Passenger Traffic 2007 Preliminary". Airports Council International. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Cargo Traffic 2007 Preliminary". Airports Council International. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  4. ^ "Traffic Movements 2007 Preliminary". Airports Council International. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  5. ^ "Atlanta Hartsfield Earns 'World's Busiest' Title Once Again". Aero-News Network. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Traffic Movements 2006 FINAL". Airports Council International. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  7. ^ "Year-to-Date Airport Traffic Report". Department of Aviation, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. December 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  8. ^ "FAA: Atlanta airport is nation's busiest". 2007-04-01. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  9. ^ "Memphis maintains hold as largest cargo airport by weight". 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  10. ^ "Top ten world airports - 2004" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  11. ^ Michelle Mullins (1999-07-18). "Region leads the way in flight". Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  12. ^ "EAA Newsletter, Volume 3, Number 36". Experimental Aircraft Association. August 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 

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