Which is the largest airport in the world? Is this a question that has ever crossed your mind as you’ve sprinted across point A to B in a crowded airport?
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), more than 771 million people passed through American airports in 2017.
During the last couple of years, airports have been getting busier. In particular, from 2016 to 2017, airports witnessed passenger traffic increase by 6.6 percent.
At AirHelp, we are lucky to have a reliable and accurate collection of global flight data at our disposal. So we decided to crunch some numbers to work out the biggest airports in the world and where they are situated.
We chose the top five largest airports in the United States and Europe based on the number of passengers that departed from the airport.
The data is taken from January 2017 to April 2018.
1.Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport (Atlanta)
Number of passengers departing: 62,486,436
2. Los Angeles International Airport (Los Angeles)
Number of passengers departing: 52,904,727
3. O’Hare International Airport (Chicago)
Number of passengers departing: 49,935,564
4. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Dallas)
Number of passengers departing: 41,797,952
1. Heathrow Airport (London)
Number of passengers departing: 49,795,202
2. Frankfurt am Main Airport (Frankfurt)
Number of passengers departing: 39,953,130
3. Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris)
Number of passengers departing: 39,483,133
4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Amsterdam)
Number of passengers departing: 37,611,501
5. Madrid-Barajas Airport (Spain)
Number of passengers departing: 37,694,937
If you’ve lost your way passing through one of these airports or found yourself doing a 100-metre dash through their long terminals to make your flight, you won’t be surprised to find their names on our list.
In our recent article on how to plan a trip to Europe, we advised that avoiding popular airports would cut down your travel costs.
Travel can get awfully expensive. For many regular flyers, finding ways to reduce costs is a must. Consequently, when booking your next flight, you may want to source alternatives to these larger (and often more expensive) airports.
No way of avoiding passing through one of these airports? Give yourself enough time to make your scheduled departure.
Flight delays happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept them. You may be entitled to a much as €600 in compensation. If your flight was delayed, canceled, or overbooked within the last three years.
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