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Airport World exclusive: The world's busiest passenger airports in 2014

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta has retained the title of the world’s busiest hub for passenger traffic after handling 96.17 million in 2014, up 1.85% on the 94.4 million last year – and ever closer to the 100 million milestone.

Maintaining its status in second spot for the 5th consecutive year was Beijing Capital, which saw a 2.9% year-on-year increase in numbers to 86.1 million in 2014, and has clear air from third.

Holding onto the spot for now, is capacity-bursting London Heathrow, which handled a record 73.4 million travellers in 2014, a rise of 1.4% on 2013, aided by more A380’s and larger aircraft taking-off.

Hot on the UK airport’s heels, and in fourth place is Tokyo Haneda, which accommodated 72.8 million passengers in 2014 – up 6% on the previous year. International traffic accounted for 10.5 million passengers (+32.8%), while domestic increased by 2.4%.

Second busiest US gateway last year was Los Angeles, which aided by expansion rose to fifth spot, and handled 70.7 million in 2014, around 6% higher than the 66.7 million in 2013.

Close on its heels and the new world’s busiest gateway for international passengers was Dubai, now in sixth spot, which welcomed 70.4 million passengers in 2014, up 6.1% from the 66.4 million in 2013, and is forecasting traffic of 79 million in 2015.

In seventh spot is growing is Chicago O’Hare, where traffic rose to 70.07 million, up 4.4% compared to the 66.9 million in 2013, while O’Hare has now claimed the title as the busiest airport in the world for aircraft movements, surpassing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta.

Europe’s second busiest in 2014 was Paris Charles de Gaulle with a record 63.8 million, up 2.8% on 2013, and now in eighth place, meanwhile, Hong Kong is in ninth after handling 63.4 million passengers, a rise of 5.8% on 2013.

Rounding of the top 10 is Dallas/Fort Worth, which set a new record of 62.9 million, an increase of 4.4% from the 60.4 million in 2013.

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Just outside the top ten was Frankfurt, Germany’s largest hub and Europe’s third busiest, which handled 59.57 million passengers, an increase of 2.6% on 2013.

Soaring up the leader-board fast is China’s Guangzhou Baiyun, which handled 59 million in 2014, an increase of 12.5% on 2013, and Istanbul Ataturk, now the fourth busiest European hub after it handled 57 million passengers in 2014 and up 11%.

Amsterdam Schiphol, was Europe’s fifth busiest hub in 2014, and handled a record 55 million in 2014, an increase of 4.6% compared to 2013.

Traffic at Singapore Changi continues to rise and it welcomed 54.1 million passengers, up 0.7% on 2013, New York’s JFK processed 53.2 million travellers, while a notable mover was Shanghai Pudong, where traffic numbers soared 17% to 51.7 million.

Travel numbers to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi were down once again by more than 9% to 46.4 million, although picked up late in 2014, while Seoul’s Incheon, broke its annual record as passenger traffic soared 9.7% compared to 2013, reaching 45.5 million, and on track to post 50 million in 2015.

TOP 10

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta – 96.1 million (+1.85%)

2. Beijing Capital – 86.1 million (+2.9%)

3. London Heathrow – 73.4 million (+1.4%)

4. Tokyo Haneda – 72.8 million (+1%)

5. Los Angeles – 70.7 million (+6%)

6. Dubai International – 70.4 million (+6.1%)

7. Chicago O’Hare – 70.07 million (+4.45%)

8. Paris CDG – 63.8 million (+2.8%)

9. Hong Kong – 63.4 million (+5.8%)

10 Dallas/Forth Worth – 62.9 million (+4.4%)

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