Revealed: The Busiest Airports of 2023

Busiest Airports of 2023

In 2023, the landscape of global air travel witnessed notable changes, with certain airports emerging as key players in handling passenger traffic. Drawing on data from OAG.com, this article delves into the busiest airports of 2023 globally. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) retains its top spot, while other airports like Dubai International and Tokyo Haneda show significant activity.Atlanta Leads as the Busiest Global Airport in 2023

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) retains its title as the busiest airport worldwide in 2023, boasting 61 million seats, according to OAG.com. This marks a 12% increase from the previous year, positioning ATL just 3% below its 2019 levels. ATL has consistently held this top spot in both 2022 and 2019, underscoring its central role in global air travel. A detailed breakdown of ATL’s airline capacity over the years reflects the dynamic nature of the aviation industry and ATL’s adaptability amidst changing travel demands.

Busiest Airports of 2023
Photo by Miguel Martinez via The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Dubai and Tokyo Secure Top Spots in Global Rankings

Busiest Airports of 2023
Photo by KARIM SAHIB/AFP via Getty Images

Dubai International Airport (DXB) follows closely as the second busiest airport in 2023 with 57 million seats. This represents a 5% increase compared to 2019, a year when DXB was the world’s fourth busiest airport. Tokyo International Airport (HND) claims the third spot with 53 million seats, while London Heathrow (LHR) ranks fourth with 49 million seats.

Significantly, the top 10 list for 2023 includes four airports that did not feature in the 2019 rankings. These are Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Denver International Airport (DEN), Istanbul Airport (IST), and Guangzhou (CAN), showcasing shifts in global air travel patterns and emerging airport hubs.

2023 RankingAirport CodeAirport NameSeats2022 Ranking2019 Ranking
1ATLAtlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Intl Apt61,226,50711
2DXBDubai International56,504,04224
3HNDTokyo Intl (Haneda)52,692,48743
4LHRLondon Heathrow Apt49,370,85977
5DFWDallas Dallas/Fort Worth Intl Apt48,083,921313
6DENDenver Intl Apt46,743,622521
7ISTIstanbul Airport46,399,2381016
8LAXLos Angeles International Apt44,482,63385
9ORDChicago O’Hare International Apt43,708,79666
10CANGuangzhou (CN)43,425,9161612
Top 10 Busiest Airports Globally via OAG.com

Dubai International Airport (DXB) leads as the busiest international airport in 2023, a position it has maintained since 2019. London Heathrow Airport (LHR) ranks second with 47 million seats, showing significant growth compared to 2022. Amsterdam Airport (AMS) and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) follow, with AMS experiencing a 10% decrease and CDG an 11% decrease compared to 2019 levels. Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN), the only Asian airport in the top 10, has seen the largest decrease in capacity compared to 2019, with a 20% drop.

2023 RankingAirport CodeAirport NameSeats (Total)2022 Ranking2019 Ranking
1DXBDubai International56,504,04211
2LHRLondon Heathrow Apt46,521,29522
3AMSAmsterdam37,172,42436
4CDGParis Charles de Gaulle Apt36,676,92847
5SINSingapore Changi Apt36,136,33484
6ISTIstanbul Airport35,915,798510
7ICNSeoul Incheon International Airport33,704,264265
8FRAFrankfurt International Apt33,519,90968
9DOHDoha (QA)28,668,040713
10MADMadrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas Apt25,032,355914
Top 10 Busiest International Airports via OAG.com

The busiest airports by region in 2023

Busiest Airports of 2023

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) emerges as 2023’s busiest airport in Europe with 49 million seats. This reflects a slight decrease from 2019 levels but a notable 23% year-on-year increase. Istanbul Airport (IST) ranks second, surpassing its 2019 capacity, while Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Amsterdam Airport (AMS) occupy the third and fourth positions, respectively. Munich Airport (MUC) has experienced the most significant decrease in airline capacity since 2019, with a 26% reduction.

The busiest airports by region in 2023, as reported by OAG.com, are Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND) in Asia Pacific, Dubai International (DXB) in Europe, Middle East & Africa, Mexico City Juarez International (MEX) in Latin America, and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International (ATL) in North America.

Cover photo by Steve Schaefe via The Atlanta Journal Constitution

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