Lonely Planet Writer

Dubai beats Heathrow as world's busiest airport

Shopping chaos at Dubai airport.
Shopping chaos at Dubai airport. Image by Jimmy Harris / CC BY 2.0

Dubai’s airport has become the busiest in the world for international traffic, after a surge of passengers taking long-haul flights between Asia and the West. Last year 70m people took an international flight from Dubai, compared to 68m at London’s Heathrow airport. Heathrow is still the busiest by a small margin when domestic flights are taken into consideration, however. Dubai’s traffic is expected to grow still further next year. Read more: telegraph.co.uk