ACI’s 2012 World’s busiest airports traffic and rankings

ACI’s preliminary 2012 world’s busiest airports traffic and rankings
Passenger traffic up 4%; Cargo and Movements flat

Charlotte_Douglas International Airport

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is the 7th busiest airport in the world by movements and 6th in the U.S.. It is also the 8th busiest by passenger traffic in the U.S..

Airports Council International

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC, CANADA – ACI preliminary traffic results, based on reports from over 1093 airports worldwide, indicate that global passenger traffic grew at a rate of 4 percent while cargo and aircraft movements were flat as compared to 2011.

Global passenger traffic has remained resilient in the face of global uncertainties and downside risks that plagued the global economy throughout 2012. While airports in the developed economies of Europe and North America experienced only modest gains in passenger traffic, with year-over-year growth of +1.7 and +1.2 percent respectively, air transport markets in emerging economies continue to show buoyant activity.

As many as 5 airports in emerging markets with over 40 million passengers reported double-digit growth rates. These airports include Istanbul (IST; +20.6), Dubai (DXB; +13.2), Jakarta (CGK; +12.1), Bangkok (BKK; +10.6) and Singapore (SIN; +10.0).

The volume of air cargo in 2012 remained more or less at 2010 and 2011 levels. Most regions remained relatively weak in relation to their year-over-year growth rates. Half of the airports in the top 30 busiest cargo airports experienced declines in 2012. With an overall contraction of -2.6 percent in cargo traffic across European airports, the only bright spot was Middle Eastern airports with year-over-year growth in the realm of +5 percent for the region as a whole in 2012.

Atlanta (+3.3%) continues to be the world’s busiest airport, while Beijing (+4.1%) maintains second place.

London Heathrow (+0.9%) remains in third while Tokyo Haneda (+6.7%) moves into fourth position. Chicago O’Hare (-0.1%) takes fifth place.

Only three other airports in the top 30 experienced declines in passenger traffic in 2012, which include Madrid (-9.0%), Houston (-0.4%) and Phoenix (-0.3%).


Airports Council International
ACI is the only worldwide association of airports. It is a non-profit organization whose prime purpose is to represent the interests of airports and to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations. ACI has 580 members who operate over 1751 airports in 174 countries and territories.

Please note that preliminary results are based on the submissions of over 1093 reporting entities. The final confirmed report, which will be published in summer 2013, will include any outstanding airport reports, and therefore figures are subject to variation.


SUMMARY: PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR 2012 (compared with 2011 figures)
Total Passengers: +4.0%
Total International Passengers: +5.6%
Total Cargo (includes mail): 0.0%
Total International Freight: -0.1%
Total Aircraft Movements: -0.2%

2012 World's Busiest Aiports

2012 World's Busiest Aiports -Passenger Traffic

2012 World's Busiest Aiports -CargoTraffic

Atlanta has been known as having the busiest airport in the world. Yet, the East Coast has another busy airport-Charlotte Douglas International Airport- home to US Airways’ largest hub and soon to be an American Airlines hub

Video: Charlotte -Douglas International Airport (CLT) is one of the busiest airports in the United States and the world. -Fiscal Year 2012 Report 

2012 US Busiest Aiports

2012 US Busiest Aiports -Passenger Traffic


List of the world’s busiest airports for 2011
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List of the world’s busiest airports for 2013
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