Europe’s Top 50 Largest Airports in 2021 — by Number of Flights

Although it is an exceptional year, we wanted to know how European airports perform. So here are the results: Europe's Top 50 largest airports in 2021 by the number of flights.

Europe’s Top 50 Largest Airports in 2021 — by Number of Flights

Since Corona still has a massive impact on Europe’s airlines and airports, many rankings look different. However, we wanted to know the details. Therefore, we’ve analyzed the traffic figure of Europe’s airports from February to July 2021. As a result, we present Europe’s Top 50 Largest Airports in 2021.

Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 1-10

Most of the Top 10 airports were also part of the Top 10 before Corona. However, the ranking looked totally different in 2019. At the moment, Istanbul’s Ataturk airport wins the title of Europe’s largest airport. Compared to Amsterdam on position two, IST operated 8,000 additional flights. Moreover, Istanbul is the only airport that operated more than 50,000 flights during the monitored period.

Besides that, it is interesting to see that Russia plays a very dominant role. Three of the top ten airports are based in Russia. The former biggest airport, London Heathrow, ranks 10th. Due to COVID, LHR operates only half the flight volume Istanbul does.

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
1ISTIstanbul AtaturkTurkey54K
2AMSAmsterdamNetherlands46K
3FRAFrankfurtGermany41K
4DMEMoscow DomodedovoRussia39K
5SVOMoscow SheremetyevoRussia39K
6SAWIstanbul Sabiha GokcenRussia38K
7CDGParis Charles de GaulleFrance37K
8MADMadridSpain36K
9LEDSt. PetersburgRussia30K
10LHRLondon HeathrowUnited Kingdom27K
Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 1-10

Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 11-20

On positions 11 to 20, we have a mixed field of airports from several countries. For example, Athens, Paris Orly, Barcelona, Moscow Vnukovo, Palma de Mallorca, and Munic are part of 20K+ club — airports that performed more than 20,000 flights during the observed period.

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
11ATHAthensGreece25K
12ORYParis OrlyFrance25K
13BCNBarcelonaSpain24K
14VKOMoscow VnukovoRussia23K
15PMIPalma de MallorcaSpain22K
16MUCMunichGermany20K
17FCORome FiumicinoItaly19K
18LISLisbonPortugal18K
19OSLOsloNorway18K
20AERSochiRussia18K
Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 11-20

 

Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 21-30

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
21VIEViennaAustria18K
22ZRHZurichSwitzerland16K
23LPAGran CanariaSpain14K
24CPHCopenhagenDenmark14K
25MXPMilan MalpensaItaly14K
26KBPKiew BorispolUkraine14K
27BRUBrusselsBelgium14K
28AYTAntalyaTurkey13K
29ARNStockholmSweden13K
30NCENiceFrance13K
Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 21-30

Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 31-40

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
31BERBerlinGermany13K
32OTPBucharestRomania13K
33WAWWarsawPoland13K
34AGPMalagaSpain12K
35ESBAnkaraTurkey11K
36TFNTenerife NorthSpain11K
37SIPSimferopolUkraine11K
38LYSLyonFrance10K
39ADBIzmirTurkey10K
40BGOBergenDenmark10K
Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 31-40

Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 41-50

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
41GVAGenevaSwitzerland9.9K
42DUBDublinIreland9.7K
43HELHelsinkiFinland9.2K
44CTACataniaItaly9.0K
45KRRKrasnodarRussia9.0K
46MRSMarseilleFrance8.9K
47IBZIbizaSpain8.6K
48HAMHamburgGermany8.5K
49LINMilan LinateItaly8.4K
50OPOPortoPortugal8.2K
Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 41-50

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Used Data
The shown information is based on OAG data and internal data sources. EMEA refers to airlines or airports based in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa

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