Guangzhou surpasses Atlanta and ranks first in the world after passenger traffic

Aeroportul Guangzhou Baiyun China

Airports Council International has released 2020 statistics on passenger traffic at the world's airports.

Due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport was the busiest airport in 2020, ahead of Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which ranked first each year from 1998 to 2019.

On the other hand London has the busiest airport system in the world by number of passengers.

As of 2019, six countries have at least two airports in the top fifty. The United States has fifteen, China has eleven; Germany, India, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom - two airports each in this ranking.

In terms of regions, North America has seventeen airports in the top, followed by East Asia with fourteen, Europe with nine, Southeast Asia with five, South Asia and West Asia with two and Oceania one.

Below you can see the table of the busiest airports in the world in 2020, click the links and view the airport's details, non-stop flights and flight schedule.

Rank Airport Country Total passengers in 2020
1 Guangzhou CAN China 43 760 427
2 Atlanta ATL United States 42 918 685
3 Chengdu CTU China 40 741 509
4 Dallas DFW United States 39 364 990
5 Shenzhen SZX China 37 916 059
6 Chongqing CKG China 34 937 789
7 Beijing PEK China 34 513 827
8 Denver DEN United States 33 741 129
9 Kunming KMG China 32 989 127
10 Shanghai SHA China 31 165 641
11 Xian XIY China 31 073 884
12 Tokyo HND Japan 30 965 000
13 Chicago ORD United States 30 860 251
14 Shanghai PVG China 30 476 531
15 Los Angeles LAX United States 28 779 527
16 Delhi DEL India 28 501 000
17 Hangzhou HGH China 28 224 342
18 Charlotte CLT United States 27 200 000
19 Dubai DXB United Arab Emirates 25 900 000
20 Istanbul IST Turkey 23 409 000
21 Paris CDG France 22 257 469
22 London LHR United Kingdom 22 109 726
23 Mexico city MEX Mexico 21 981 711
24 Phoenix PHX United States 21 928 708
25 Ho Chi Minh City SGN Vietnam 21 900 000
26 Orlando MCO United States 21 617 803
27 Zhengzhou CGO China 21 406 709
28 Jeju CJU South Korea 21 054 696
29 Amsterdam AMS Netherlands 20 887 174
30 Sao Paulo GRU Brazil 20 322 520
31 Seattle SEA United States 20 061 507
32 Nanjing NKG China 19 906 576
33 Moscow SVO Russia 19 784 000
34 Nanjing NKG China 19 223 825
35 Frankfurt FRA Germany 18 770 998
36 Miami MIA United States 18 663 858
37 Houston IAH United States 18 213 571
38 Seoul GMP South Korea 17 446 239
39 Madrid MAD Spain 17 112 000
40 Istanbul SAW Turkey 16 982 456
41 Xiamen XMN China 16 710 197
42 Bangkok BKK Thailand 16 706 000
43 New York JFK United States 16 630 642
44 Guiyang KWE China 16 583 878
45 Haikou HAK China 16 490 216
46 Fort Lauderdale FLL United States 16 484 132
47 San Francisco SFO United States 16 409 625
48 Moscow DME Russia 16 300 000
49 Beijing PKX China 16 091 449
50 New York EWR United States 15 892 892

Airports Council International (ACI) is a global trade representative of the airport authorities. Established in 1991, ACI represents the interests of airports with governments and international organizations, develops standards, policies and best practices for airports, and provides information and training opportunities for raising standards around the world.