Airports are the only places where people from different countries and regions come together for a moment and then set out for their individual destinations. Some take domestic flights while others are ready to cross seven seas over. In either case, most often than not, these travellers seem to be in a lot of rush to get to one point from another. Always in a hurtle and running towards the designated terminal to catch their flights at the last second. At times it could get very busy and seem like chaos. This chaos seemed to have died down when the pandemic struck the world. But now by seeing the return of the old hustle and bustle at airports, it has become very obvious that the world is getting back to normal. So, here we will take a look at some of the busiest airports in the world that are popular for being packed with travellers all year round.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlantic International Airport (ATL)
Named after two former Mayors of the city of Atlanta, Georgia, who supervised the construction of the airport, William B. Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson, it can easily peak the list of busiest airports in the world by the number of passengers served here.
Flying over 100 million travellers back and forth each year with five operating runways, ATL is the primary international airport of the city. It is also the primary hub of Delta Airlines. It has the tallest air traffic control tower in North America standing at 121 metres in height. It is the largest structure and occupies the largest area in Atlanta and provides the biggest employment opportunity in the state of Georgia.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
This is the third busiest airport in terms of aircraft movement and second, when it comes to the number of passengers served in a year. It covers quite a significant portion of two counties, Dallas and Fort Worth in North Texas.
This airport covers the second-largest land area in the United States. The airport operates flights to 273 destinations in 44 countries across the globe. It is the current largest hub for American Airlines.
Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
It is the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China and the primary hub of Air China. This can easily be considered the busiest airport in Asia in terms of aircraft traffic and passenger numbers.
Established in the late 1950s, it was the first airport of its kind in China. Recently it has grown larger with the addition of new terminals and a new runway. To this date, It’s the only airport with 3 terminals, 3 runways, and 2 towers operating simultaneously in the Asian-Pacific region.
London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
Spanning over an area of 1,227 acres of land in the South West of the British capital London’s Heathrow is the UK and Europe’s biggest airport. Originally called the London Airport, it serves more than 75 million travellers each year.
Currently, it holds two runways and five passenger terminals. Her Majesty The Queen herself opened the fifth terminal in 2008. However, it also has a sixth terminal which is known as the Royal Suite and is used by royalty.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
If you love watching Hollywood movies then chances are that you have heard of the LAX. Some airports are bound to be busy year-round as they are extremely popular even among tourists and LAX is among them. This main hub for flights landing and departing from Los Angeles, California spans over 3,650 acres of land with four runways and nine terminals.
Annually this airport serves more than 80 million travellers. Terminal 1 of this airport can easily be compared to the nearby Long Beach Airport in terms of size. However, an interesting fact about this airport is that pilots have to make steeper take-offs and landings on July 4th to avoid getting in the path of any Independence Day fireworks.
Dubai International Airport (DXB)
DBX is also among the popular airports which are known to have been busy throughout the year. Since 2015, it has accumulated a total of 78 million travellers each year. Even with only two runways, it is the busiest airport in the world and has the highest international passenger traffic rate. It is among the most pivotal transport hub not just for Dubai but the entire Middle East.
DBX was the first Middle Eastern airport to join Airport Service Quality benchmarking scheme. It is also the home to the first and biggest purpose-built facility for the Airbus A380 in the world.
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