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Tuesday 19 April 2022

Can you guess the busiest airport in the world?

The busiest airport in the world? London Heathrow perhaps? Los Angeles International? Charles de Gaulle in Paris?

Wrong. Wrong and wrong.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was officially the world’s busiest airport in 2021.

It had been overtaken during the Covid pandemic by Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China.

ATL handled 75.7 million passengers in 2021, up a massive 76% from 2020, official figures show.

The Airports Council International’s busiest airports by passenger volume rankings - released last week - show eight of the top 10 are in the US.

Dallas/Fort Worth was the second-busiest in 2021, with 62.5 million passengers.

The international airport in Denver, Colorado, ranked third, with 58.8 million passengers while Chicago's O'Hare and Los Angeles International rounded out the top five.

Guangzhou's airport dropped to No. 8 in 2021, with 40.3 million passengers. Another airport in China, Chengdu's Shuangliu International Airport, is ninth on the 2021 list, down from No.3 in 2020.

China's dominance in 2020 was because of the early rebound of domestic travel in China. The country still has not reopened to international visitors.

The list shows "an encouraging trend of recovery," Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World's director general, said in a statement.

"Although we are cautious that recovery could face multiple headwinds, the momentum created by reopening plans by countries could lead to an uptick in travel in the second half of 2022," de Oliveira said.

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