Atlanta remains busiest airport in world in July: OAG

Dubai displaces London Heathrow to reclaim top spot as busiest international airport
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Atlanta remains busiest airport in world in July: OAG

Atlanta was also the top-ranked airport in July 2019, in the pre-pandemic era (Photo: Facebook)

Though there has been a fair bit of churn in the rankings of various airports in terms of traffic and capacity, both domestic and international, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson remains the world’s busiest airport in July also, says aviation data firm OAG.
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The July numbers for the performance of various airports around the world show that Atlanta in the United States remains the world’s busiest airport, adding both domestic and international traffic, with over 4.8 million seats, a growth of 4 pc from June 2022. Atlanta was also the top-ranked airport in July 2019, in the pre-pandemic era, says the July global airports data released by aviation data consultancy firm OAG.

At the second spot, just behind Atlanta, with 4.1 million seats, is Dubai International Airport, that has seen capacity grow at a breakneck 28 pc in the month. Dallas Fort Worth in the United States was ranked third with 3.93 million seats, ceding one rank compared to the June rankings, but a significant improvement from the 11th ranking that it had in July 2019. With 3.84 million seats, Tokyo Haneda was the fourth busiest airport, followed by Istanbul in Turkey with 3.81 million seats.

Guangzhou in China that has been losing rank since April 2022 due to fresh Covid-19 restrictions and having fallen to 16th place in June has staged a smart recovery, climbing back to the 10th spot with a 17 pc growth in capacity in July as compared with June.

Chicago, with 3.78 million was sixth placed, while Denver with 3.74 million in the seventh place and Los Angeles with 3.59 million, on the ninth spot, were the three other US airports in the list, while London Heathrow with 3.62 million (eighth) and Paris Charles de Gaulle with 3.47 million (tenth) were the only two airports in Europe to make it to the top 10, as per OAG.

Dubai regains busiest international airport title

The Dubai International Airport that had been temporarily displaced by London Heathrow as the world’s busiest international airport, has regained the top slot that it has enjoyed almost single-handedly for most of the past two years. Dubai saw a massive lift of 28 pc in its seat capacity to 4.1 million seats in order to zoom past London back to the top position in the global ranking. London Heathrow that had benefitted from a boom in traffic into and out of the United Kingdom has fallen back into the second spot, with 3.45 million seats.

In terms of purely international air traffic, the European airports fare better than their American counterparts as Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris CDG and Frankfurt managed to retain their respective spots as third, fourth and sixth busiest international airports in the world, respectively. Istanbul and Doha in Qatar also managed to hold their positions as fifth and seventh busiest airports in terms of international passenger numbers. Another London airport, Gatwick features on the eighth spot with almost 2.1 million seats.

Singapore’s Changi has gained two spots from June to break into the top 10 and reach the position of the ninth international airport with 2.09 million seats. The last spot on the list also goes to another European airport, Madrid in Spain that handled 2.01 million international passengers in July.

In Europe, the Top 10 Busiest Airports in July 2022 remained the same as last month, but did juggle some spots. For instance, Istanbul moved into top position and was the busiest airport in the region for July 2022 with a 6 pc capacity increase compared to last month. Istanbul has displaced London Heathrow that was the busiest airport last month, and has been pushed into second position this month.

Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Madrid and Barcelona all retain the same positions as last month in third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh place respectively. Another Spanish airport, Palma de Mallorca has moved up one place to eighth place with a capacity increase of 9 pc compared to last month. London Gatwick and Munich figure in ninth and tenth place.

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