As per the latest reports by the Official Aviation Guide (OAG), the Dubai airport has retained its title of being the busiest international airport for the eighth consecutive year, while it stands second as the busiest global airport. Check out the details inside. By Anushka Goel
With over 29 million (2.9 crores) passengers last year, the Dubai International Airport (DXB) has retained its spot as the busiest international airport, states a report in Business Line. The report has been released by the agency Official Aviation Guide (OAG), which collects data from all the bookings, takeoffs, landings, and more and consolidates it into real-time feeds and trends analyses for travellers and airline companies to use and interpret.
The top 10 busiest international airports in the world
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While Dubai has retained the top spot in this category for the eighth consecutive year, the country’s airport ranks as the second busiest globally, with the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) clocking in at the top spot.
According to Khaleej Times, DXB’s annual traffic exceeded its traffic forecasts for the year by more than half a million passengers, with a total of 29,110,609 travellers in 2021. This is being credited to a strong quarter, which saw several tourists visiting the country. This could also have been because of the ongoing Dubai Expo 2020. India continues to be its top destination in terms of passenger volume, writes Business Line.
The top 10 busiest international airports in the world (by seats), according to OAG‘s data, are:
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- Dubai International Airport (3,172,726 seats)
- London Heathrow Airport (2,026,358 seats)
- Amsterdam Airport (2,008,482 seats)
- Istanbul Airport (1,818,255 seats)
- Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (1,787,175 seats)
- Doha Airport (1,709,894 seats)
- Frankfurt International Airport (1,557,773 seats)
- Madrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas Airport (1,324,096 seats)
- New York J F Kennedy International Airport (1,096,283 seats)
- Miami International Airport (1,004,148 seats)
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, spoke about the country achieving this feat, especially in times of the pandemic. He said, “Despite unprecedented turmoil affecting millions of people all over the world, we overcame serious obstacles to the operation of the world’s largest international hub and provided smooth, comfortable and safe travel for millions of people travelling through DXB. This incredible performance by our staff and stakeholders was achieved in the face of abruptly changing travel regulations and concerns about new waves of infection. Despite these challenges to our ongoing success, we managed to exceed our own forecasts and continue to retain our crown as the world’s busiest international airport,” reports Khaleej Times.