Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has emphatically held on to its status as the world's busiest gateway handling 101.5 million passengers in 2015.
The total, which represented a healthy 5.5% upturn on 2014, will comfortably keep it ahead of Beijing Capital International Airport, which handled 86.1 million passengers in 2014 but has yet to release its figures for last year.
Beijing Capital will also certainly be followed by Dubai International Airport (DXB) as the world's third busiest airport on the basis that its 10.7% upturn in passenger numbers takes it above Chicago O'Hare (76.9 million), London Heathrow (74.9 million), Los Angeles International Airport (74.9 million) and Tokyo Haneda, which has yet to reveal its final figures for 2015, but would need a near 10% rise in traffic to hold off the UAE gateway.
DXB took Heathrow's title as the world's busiest international airport in 2014 and easily maintained the the crown last year.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, enthuses: “It was a another banner year for Dubai International where we broke records, engaged and entertained our customers in new ways, and retained our position as the world’s number one international hub.
"But we have no time to rest on our laurels as we are already busy testing the readiness our newest facility, the $1.2 billion Concourse D, which when it opens for our 70 plus airlines this quarter, will play a crucial role in helping us welcome millions of passengers in comfort and style.”
A traditionally strong market, India retained its position as Dubai’s single largest destination country in 2015 with 10.4 million passengers, a year-on-year growth of 17% compared to 8.9 million in 2014.
The UK was placed second with 5.6 million passengers (+6%) followed closely by Saudi Arabia at 5.4 million (+12%).
In terms of destination cities served by DXB, Doha retained the top spot with 2.7 million passengers (+18%) followed closely by London with 2.6 million (+1%) and Mumbai with 2.2 million passengers (+14%).