Once again, we’re happy to provide the latest airport traffic figures and the actual ranking: The World’s Largest Airports by Number of Flights! Discover the global top list plus regional rankings.

World’s Largest Airport By Number Of Flights — Global & Regional Top 10

As every month, we’re delighted to present the world’s largest airports. Once again, we counted flights and put together the essential ranking. Here’s what’s contained:

Global Top 20 Airports
EMEA Top 10 Airports
Asia Top 10 Airports
North America Top 10 Airports
Latin America Top 10 Airports

World’s Largest Airports By Number of Flights — Global Top 20

Similar to previous months, U.S. and Chinese airports continue to dominate the list of the world’s largest airports. Ten out of 20 airports are located in the United States of America, whereas seven are located in China. Due to the traffic increase during the last months, the first eight positions are in U.S. hands. With Istanbul Ataturk and Mexico City, only one European resp. Latin American airports made it to the world’s top 20.

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights JulyChange Prev. Month %
1ORDChicago O’Hare33,139No data
2ATLAtlanta30,75312.4
3DFWDallas/Fort Worth29,794No data
4DENDenver27,728No data
5CLTCharlotte21,8413.2
6LAXLos Angeles20,9818.6
7IAHHouston17,976No data
8SEASeattle17,2905.7
9CANGuangzhou16,75479.4
10CKGChongqing16,6273.6
11XIYXi’an16,4918.9
12PVGShanghai Pudong16,4829.5
13KMGKunming15,33112.2
14PEKBeijing Capital15,276No data
15PHXPhoenix15,075No data
16ISTIstanbul Ataturk13,85438.5
17LASLas Vegas13,780No data
18MEXMexico City13,77313.4
19CTUChengdu13,64411.9
20HNDTokyo Haneda13,61716.1
World’s Largest Airports By Number of Flights — Global Top 20

World’s Largest Airports By Number of Flights — EMEA

European airports reported tremendous growth rates in July. Except for Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen, all airports recorded growth rates beyond 30%. Moreover, it is interesting to see that three of the top 10 airports are located in Spain. However, this is probably related to the current holiday season. Since the airports on positions 1-5 are pretty closer, it will be interesting to see how the growth continues in the following months.

On top of that, if European airports can keep the pace of their growth rates the top players like Amsterdam, Paris, or Frankfurt are likely to return to the world’s top 20 in the following months. As a side notice: It is still interesting that London Heathrow, Europe’s biggest airport in pre-COVID time, is still not represented among the top 10!

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights JulyChange Prev. Month %
1ISTIstanbul Ataturk13,85438.5
2AMSAmsterdam13,39943.7
3CDGParis Charles de Gaulle12,953No data
4FRAFrankfurt11,96846.7
5SVOMoscow Sheremetyevo11,254No data
6MADMadrid10,17637.2
7SAWIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen9,75624.4
8PMIPalma de Mallorca9,15468.9
9BCNBarcelona8,93055.2
10ATHAthens8,67237.5
World’s Largest Airports By Number of Flights — EMEA

World’s Largest Airports By Number of Flights — Asia

Asian, or shall we say Chinese airports, saw a mixed month. Some airports reported significant growth rates (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, or Delhi), while others recorded meager growth (Chongqing or Shanghai). However, as mentioned before, the list of Asia’s top airports is clearly dominated by Chinese airports. Besides India’s Delhi Airport, there’s no non-Chinese airport contained in the list of Asia’s largest airports.

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights JulyChange Prev. Month %
1CANGuangzhou16,75479.4
2CKGChongqing16,6273.6
3XIYXi’an16,4918.9
4PVGShanghai Pudong16,4829.5
5KMGKunming15,33112.2
6PEKBeijing Capital15,276No data
7CTUChengdu13,64411.9
8SZXShenzhen13,43617.3
9SHAShanghai Hongqiao11,5127.7
10DELDelhi11,36624.3
World’s Largest Airports By Number of Flights — Asia

World’s Largest Airports By Number of Flights — North America

Unfortunately, we can provide you with month-on-month growth rates for many U.S. airports since data isn’t available yet.

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights JulyChange Prev. Month %
1ORDChicago O’Hare33,139No data
2ATLAtlanta30,75312.4
3DFWDallas/Fort Worth29,794No data
4DENDenver27,728No data
5CLTCharlotte21,8413.2
6LAXLos Angeles20,9818.6
7IAHHouston17,976No data
8SEASeattle17,2905.7
9PHXPhoenix15,075No data
10LASLas Vegas13,780No data
World’s Largest Airports By Number of Flights — North America

World’s Largest Airports By Number of Flights — Latin America

Many Latin American airports witnessed a massive growth in July. However, except Mexico City, Latin American airports operate at a much lower level than other world regions. Even large airports, such as Bogota, Sao Paulo, or Panama, are still below the 10,000 flight mark.

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights JulyChange Prev. Month %
1MEXMexico City13,77313.4
2BOGBogota8,2047.6
3GRUSao Paulo Guarulhos7,50730.7
4BZEBelize3,5483.7
5PTYPanama3,513No data
6BSBBrasilia3,46832.7
7CGHSao Paulo Congonhas3,42061.1
8SCLSantiago3,15839.9
9MTYMonterrey3,01114.5
10RECRecife2,95922.6
World’s Largest Airports By Number of Flights — Latin America

Used Data

The shown information is based on OAG data and internal data sources. Rankings only included airlines that operated more than 500 flights in the respective month. However, the global benchmark includes all tracked flights. On average, 200 airlines are included in each month’s analysis. Whenever stated, EMEA refers to airlines based in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa.

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