ATL is world’s busiest air­port

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The “World’s Busiest Air­port” ti­tle for 2017 will go to a fa­mil­iar ad­dress.

The Harts­field-Jack­son At­lanta In­ter­na­tional Air­port is fore­cast to take that ti­tle for 2017, mark­ing the 20th con­sec­u­tive year that the air­port has hosted more pas­sen­gers than any other air­port on the planet. Ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary full-year pas­sen­ger num­bers for 2017 re­leased Mon­day by the Air­ports Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional (ACI), At­lanta fin­ished ahead of No. 2 Bei­jing Cap­i­tal and third-place Dubai. The big­gest shakeup for U.S. air­ports came in New York, where New York JFK fell out of the global top 20.

At­lanta also counted more than 100 mil­lion pas­sen­gers for the third year in a row.

For the year that just ended, At­lanta’s pas­sen­ger count came in at 103,902,992, ac­cord­ing to ACI’s pre­lim­i­nary num­bers. Yet the pas­sen­ger count there dropped by 0.3% from the 104.2 mil­lion fliers it counted in 2016.

— Ben Mutzabaugh

The busiest air­ports

1. At­lanta (ATL): 103,902,992 pas­sen­gers (down 0.3%). 2016 rank: 1st.

2. Bei­jing (PEK): 95,786,442 pas­sen­gers (up 1.5%). 2016 rank: 2nd.

3. Dubai In­ter­na­tional (DXB): 88,242,099 (up 5.5%). 2016 rank: 3rd.

4. Tokyo Haneda (HND): 85,408,975 (up 6.5%). 2016 rank: 5th.

5. Los An­ge­les (LAX): 84,557,968 (up 4.5%). 2016 rank: 4th.

6. Chicago O’Hare (ORD): 79,828,183 (up 2.4%). 2016 rank: 6th.

7. Lon­don Heathrow (LHR): 78,014,598 (up 3%). 2016 rank: 7th.

8. Hong Kong (HKG): 72,663,955 (up 3.4%). 2016 rank: 8th.

9. Shang­hai Pudong (PVG): 70,001,237 (up 6.1%). 2016 rank: 9th.

10. Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG): 70,001,237 (up 6.1%). 2016 rank: 10th.


For the 20th year, At­lanta’s Harts­field Jack­son Air­port is busiest.

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