Lonely Planet Writer

Discover the world's busiest airports

Once again, the world’s busiest airport is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, seeing the most passengers (104 million) travel through in 2017, according to the Airports Council International (ACI).

While it may seem like an unlikely candidate to beat out airports in cities like Shanghai, London or New York, Atlanta serves as a massive hub for US and international travellers. According to the ACI, “with almost 104 million passengers, the airport is within a two-hour flight of 80% of the United States’ population.”

See what airports are the ten busiest in the world:

1. The domestic terminal at the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International, which saw 104 million passengers in 2017.
1. The domestic terminal at the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International, which saw 104 million passengers in 2017.
2. Beijing Capital International Airport, which served 96 million passengers in 2017.
2. Beijing Capital International Airport, which served 96 million passengers in 2017.
3. The interior of Dubai International, which served 88 million passengers in 2017.
3. The interior of Dubai International, which served 88 million passengers in 2017.
4. Tokyo International Airport, also known as Haneda Airport, saw 85 million passengers last year.
4. Tokyo International Airport, also known as Haneda Airport, saw 85 million passengers last year.
5. Los Angeles International Airport, had 84.6 million passengers in 2017.
5. Los Angeles International Airport, had 84.6 million passengers in 2017.
6. Chicago O'Hare Airport served 80 million passengers last year.
6. Chicago O'Hare Airport served 80 million passengers last year.
7. Heathrow International Airport in London, saw 78 million people pass through in 2017.
7. Heathrow International Airport in London, saw 78 million people pass through in 2017.
8.  Hong Kong International Airport served 73 million passengers last year.
8. Hong Kong International Airport served 73 million passengers last year.
9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport had 70 million travellers pass through in 2017.
9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport had 70 million travellers pass through in 2017.
10. Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris served 69 million travellers last year.
10. Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris served 69 million travellers last year.