Air travel has become a vital piece of the global economy. It is the most popular means of travel over long distances, capable of carrying vacationers, visitors, business people, or armed forces personnel to their destinations more quickly and safely than could rails, roads, or waterways. Air transport is also ideal for non-human cargo including mail, merchandise, and military payloads.
As a result, cities around the world have adapted quickly, building enormous airports and support infrastructure to meet the ever-growing demand for affordable, available air transport. The world’s busiest airports by aircraft movements are measured by total movements. A movement is a landing or takeoff of an aircraft.
Here are the top 20 largest airports in the world by aircraft movements.
Total aircraft movements
O’Hare International Airport
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Beijing Capital International Airport
Denver International Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
McCarran International Airport
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
Indira Gandhi International Airport
London Heathrow Airport
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Toronto Pearson International Airport
San Francisco International Airport
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Seoul Incheon International Airport
Soekarno–Hatta International Airport