2014 World’s Busiest Airports- Release Date March 26, 2015

2014 World Airport Traffic and Rankings
Release Date March 26, 2015

See update: Release Date: April 04, 2016

Denver International Airport

Airports Council International (ACI)

MONTREAL – Based on reports from 1,095 airports worldwide, ACI’s preliminary passenger traffic results for 2014 show that the top four ranked positions with respect to the world’s busiest airports in overall passenger traffic have not changed as compared to 2013.

Chicago-O’Hare (-0.2%) has become the world’s busiest airport for aircraft movements following a drop in movements at the 2nd ranked Atlanta (-4.7%) in 2014. Los Angeles (+1.7%) and Dallas/Fort Worth (+0.3%) maintain the 3rd and 4th ranked position respectively. Beijing (+2.5%) moves ahead of Denver (-2.9%).

Atlanta (+1.9%) continues to be the world’s busiest airport with over 96 million passengers in 2014. While Beijing (+2.9%) was expected to close the gap, it no longer has double digit-growth as in previous years, placing it in 2nd position. London-Heathrow (+1.4%) remains in 3rd while Tokyo-Haneda (+5.7%) preserves 4th position. However, Los Angeles (+6%) and Dubai (+6.1%) have moved ahead of Chicago-O’Hare (+4.6%), occupying the 5th and 6th rank respectively.

Although Dubai is the 6th busiest airport in the world in overall passenger traffic, it has actually become the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic ahead of London-Heathrow in 2014. Dubai was just shy of reaching the 70 million international passenger mark by the end of 2014.

Istanbul (+10.7%) remains one of the fastest growing airports among the world’s top 20 airports for passenger traffic, moving from 18th to 13th rank ahead of Amsterdam (+4.6%).

The world’s largest air cargo hub continues to be Hong Kong (+6%). Memphis (+2.9%) is in 2nd followed by Shanghai (+8.6%) and Incheon (+3.8%) in 3rd and 4th rank respectively. Anchorage (+3%) moves up ahead of Dubai (-3.1%) to the 5th position.

ACI World’s Economics Director Rafael Echevarne commented: “The airport that continued to make its mark in 2014 was Dubai International. The airport has solidified its status as the world’s major international connecting hub. Dubai is the fulcrum that connects long-haul international flights from east and west, north and south. That being said, it’s sister airport, Dubai World Central, under the same Dubai Airports organization, is poised to surpass these feats by becoming the world’s largest global gateway with capacity of more than 160 million passengers per year and a multi-modal logistics hub for 12 million tonnes of air cargo. Since the commencement of its operations, the airport has already moved up to the 29th busiest air cargo airport in the world handling almost 760,000 metric tonnes of cargo in 2014. With its astonishing capacity and growth, aviation’s nucleus certainly has moved eastward.”

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Airports Council International (ACI)
Airports Council International (ACI) is the only global trade representative of the world’s airports. Established in 1991, ACI represents airports interests with Governments and international organizations such as ICAO, develops standards, policies and recommended practices for airports, and provides information and training opportunities to raise standards around the world. This section provides you with information on the structure and background of ACI.


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