Discover the World’s Busiest Airports! Global and regional ranking of top airports by the number of flights in June 2021.

World's Busiest Airport — June 2021

World’s Busiest Airports By Number of Flights

In fact, there are dozens of attributes to rate, rank, and benchmark airports: Number of passengers, destinations, or capacity are just a few examples. However, the number of flights is one of the attributes that perfectly reflects the current size of an airport. That’s why we specifically looked at this figure and put together the lists of the world’s busiest airports. Here’s what’s contained in detail:

Top 20 World’s Busiest Airports

Regional Spotlight
Asia / Pacific Top 20 Busiest Airports
Europe Top 20 Busiest Airports
North America Top 20 Busiest Airports
Latin America Top 20 Busiest Airports

Top 20 World’s Busiest Airports

When looking at the world’s busiest airports, China and the United States still dominate the ranking. Eight of twenty airports are based in the United States, whereas nine are based in China. Moreover, nine of the top 10 busiest airports are either in China or the United States.

No European Airport on the List
Similar to previous rankings, there’s still no European airport among the world’s busiest airports. However, as shown below, at least Istanbul and Amsterdam are getting closer to the world’s top 20.

No Middle East Airport on the List
Similar to Europe, the list of the busiest airports in June does not contain any airports from the Middle East. Moreover, the (former) big players from Doha or Dubai are currently miles away from entering the world’s top 20. Especially Dubai didn’t even make it to EMEA’s top 20 (See below).

Atlanta — World's Busiest Airport
Atlanta — World’s Busiest Airport — Von LoneStarMike – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0
RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
1ATLAtlantaUSA29,479
2CLTCharlotteUSA21,173
3LAXLos AngelesUSA19,324
4SEASeattle-TacomaUSA16,364
5CKGChongqingChina16,049
6CTUChengduChina15,503
7XIYXi'anChina15,150
8PVGShanghai PudongChina15,062
9KMGKunmingChina13,682
10CGKJakartaIndonesia12,459
11MEXMexico CityMexico12,150
12MSPMinneapolis/St PaulUSA12,133
13DTWDetroit MetropolitanUSA12,056
14PKXBeijing DaxingChina11,848
15HNDTokyo HanedaJapan11,737
16SZXShenzhenChina11,467
17SLCSalt Lake CityUSA11,045
18HGHHangzhouChina10,915
19PHLPhiladelphiaUSA10,732
20SHAShanghai HongqiaoChina10,691

Asia / Pacific Top 20 Busiest Airports

Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of Asia’s busiest airports are based in China. More precisely, 17 of the top 20 are located in China. Jakarta, Tokyo Haneda, and India’s Delhi Airport are the only “non-China” airports that made it into the top 20.

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
1CKGChongqingChina16,049
2CTUChengduChina15,503
3XIYXi'anChina15,150
4PVGShanghai PudongChina15,062
5KMGKunmingChina13,682
6CGKJakartaIndonesia12,459
7PKXBeijing DaxingChina11,848
8HNDTokyo HanedaJapan11,737
9SZXShenzhenChina11,467
10HGHHangzhouChina10,915
11SHAShanghai HongqiaoChina10,691
12CANGuangzhouChina9,371
13NKGNanjingChina9,202
14CSXChangshaChina9,174
15DELDelhiIndia9,151
16CGOZhengzhouChina8,406
17WUHWuhanChina8,375
18KWEGuiyangChina8,263
19XMNXiamenChina7,450
20URCUrumqiChina7,430

Europe, Middle East & Africa Top 20 Busiest Airports

When looking at the busiest airports in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), COVID’s impact is still apparent. For example, London Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports in pre-COVID time, ranks only 12th. Paris Moreover, Dubai or Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport didn’t even make it into EMEA’s top 20. On the other side, Russian and Saudi Arabian show strong performance.

RnkaIATAAirportCountryFlights
1ISTIstanbul AtaturkTurkey10,009
2AMSAmsterdamNetherlands9,339
3FRAFrankfurtGermany8,182
4SAWIstanbul Sabiha GokcenTurkey7,852
5DMEMoscow DomodedovoRussian Federation7,744
6MADMadridSpain7,420
7ATHAthensGreece6,307
8LEDSt Petersburg PulkovoRussian Federation6,306
9RUHRiyadhSaudi Arabia6,056
10BCNBarcelonaSpain5,782
11DOHDohaQatar5,460
12LHRLondon HeathrowUnited Kingdom5,454
13ORYParis OrlyFrance5,435
14PMIPalma de MallorcaSpain5,432
15JEDJeddah,Saudi Arabia5,070
16MUCMunichGermany4,598
17LISLisbonPortugal4,405
18AERSochiRussian Federation4,111
19FCORome FiumicinoItaly4,074
20VIEViennaAustria3,856

You might also like


North America Top 20 Busiest Airports

North America’s Top 20 looks like a “United States-only” ranking. There’s not a single Canadian airport that made it into the top 20. However, there are huge differences between the leading players that handled 10,000 flights and more and the bottom of the list.

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
1ATLAtlantaUSA29,479
2CLTCharlotteUSA21,173
3LAXLos AngelesUSA19,324
4SEASeattle-TacomaUSA16,364
5MSPMinneapolis/St PaulUSA12,133
6DTWDetroit MetropolitanUSA12,056
7SLCSalt Lake CityUSA11,045
8PHLPhiladelphia InternationalUSA10,732
9BOSBoston Edward L LoganUSA10,461
10SFOSan FranciscoUSA9,378
11DCAWashington National AirportUSA7,212
12LGANew York LaGuardiaUSA6,993
13IADWashington Dulles InternationalUSA6,865
14SANSan Diego InternationalUSA6,148
15HNLHonoluluUSA5,403
16PDXPortlandUSA5,280
17RDURaleigh/DurhamUSA4,008
18OGGKahuluiUSA3,555
19MCIKansas City InternationalUSA3,555
20SJCSan JoseUSA3,503

Latin America Top 20 Busiest Airports

Latin America’s top 20 busiest airport list is the only one that contains airports with less than 2,000 flights. On top of that, Mexico is the only airport that handled more than 10,000 flights.

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
1MEXMexico CityMexico12,150
2BOGEl Dorado InternationalColombia7,624
3CUNCancunMexico6,407
4GRUSao Paulo GuarulhosBrazil5,759
5GDLGuadalajaraMexico3,726
6VCPSao Paulo ViracoposBrazil3,535
7BZEBelize CityBelize3,423
8LIMLimaPeru3,333
9MTYMonterreyMexico2,635
10BSBBrasiliaBrazil2,618
11TIJTijuanaMexico2,560
12RECRecifeBrazil2,417
13MDEMedellinColombia2,409
14SCLSantiagoChile2,281
15CGHSao Paulo CongonhasBrazil2,135
16CNFBelo HorizonteBrazil2,110
17SDURio de Janeiro Santos DumonBrazil2,055
18NASNassauBahamas1,905
19SJDSan Jose CaboMexico1,859
20CLOCaliColombia1,829
Mexico Airport — Latin America's Busiest Airport
Mexico Airport — Latin America’s Busiest Airport

World’s Busiest Airports — What Do You Think?

We’re always happy to get your feedback. Just leave a comment below or get in touch with the author on social media.

Data Source: OAG Punctuality League

Previous

Airport Punctuality Report June 2021 — World’s Top Airports!

Next

Flight Statistics: World’s Busiest Airlines In June 2021

CEO

Benjamin is a content-maniac, music-lover, aviation-enthusiast, and CEO of Information Design (in this order). His daily business revolves around pioneering solutions to change the way airlines, airports, and aviators use information. His visions are based on expertise gained in more than 15 years in the industry and working with renowned airlines + airports worldwide.

You might also like