Atlanta International Airport Named World's Busiest in 2017

The world's busiest airports in 2017

Dubai, London Heathrow and Hong Kong airports were the busiest airports for worldwide passenger traffic in 2017, registering growth of 5.6 percent, 3 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively.

Delhi was also ranked first in Airport Service Quality for airports with above 40 million passengers per annum along with Mumbai airport, stated the ACI.

Among those pushing out JFK was New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport that made its debut on the table a year ago at No. 16, according to Airports Council International rankings released Monday.

The U.S. still holds the No. 1 spot for world's busiest airport - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta handled almost 104 million passengers. The explosive growth of Asian airports is cited for the change, with airports in New Delhi, India and Guangzhou, China recently entering the top 20. The ranking is based on the preliminary passenger traffic results for the most-travelled airports in 2017, released by the Airports Council International (ACI) on Monday.

The India airport was the fastest-growing one on the list, with a 14.1% spike in traffic, totaling more than 63.4 million passengers moved previous year, according to the trade group. With nearly 1.5 billion passengers passing through their terminals in 2017, this group of 20 represents 17% of global passenger traffic.

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This year, the Chinese capital's airport came in second place again with more than 94-million passengers.

The other four American airports to make the top 20 for 2017 were Los Angeles International (5th), O'Hare International (6th), Dallas Fort-Worth International (12th) and Denver International (20th). These airports handled a combined 51 million metric tonnes of cargo.

The Delhi airport has also emerged as the seventh busiest in Asia beating airports in South Korea, Singapore and Thailand. This represents 43% of global air cargo volumes.

Dubai International Airport is also the world's busiest in terms of international passengers.

Meanwhile, Singapore wasn't in the top 20 of the airports with the highest number of aircraft movements.

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