Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
This joint military and civilian airport located in Charlotte, North Carolina is US Airways largest hub and moves 39 million passengers to over 175 destinations around the world every year.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Serving the Houston, Texas metropolitan area, one of the largest in the United States, this airport moves over 40 million passengers every year.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
This joint civil-military public airport located near Phoenix, Arizona is the biggest in the American southwest and sees over 40 million passengers every year.
San Francisco International Airport
One of the major gateways between Europe and Asia this aviation hub is often referred to by its airport code “SFO”. It serves about 41 million passengers every year.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Pudong is the busiest international hub in mainland China serving over 41 million passengers annually, half of which are either leaving or coming from abroad.
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McCarran International Airport
As the principal airport serving the Las Vegas, Nevada area McCarran sees roughly 41 million passengers every year.
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
China’s second busiest airport with over 45 million people being served annually Baiyun International is a major hub in southern China.
Singapore Changi Airport
Usually referred to as just Changi Airport, this aviation hub serves over 100 airlines operating 6,000 weekly flights to hundreds of cities around the world. Every year over 46 million passengers take off and land on its runways.
John F. Kennedy International Airport
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The busiest international gateway to the United States, JFK handles more flights to and from abroad than any other airport in North America. Every year 48 million people walk through its terminals.
One of two international airports serving Bangkok, Thailand Suvarnabhumi boasts the world’s largest free standing control tower. It moves roughly 48 million passengers every year.
Opened nearly 100 years ago in 1928 Madrid-Barajas Airport has grown to be one of the most important aviation centers in Europe serving over 49 million passengers annually.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
As the main airport in the Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol serves as the European hub for Delta Airlines and moves about 50 million passengers annually.
Dubai International Airport
The largest aviation hub in the Middle East, Dubai International Airport serves 51 million passengers annually.
Soekarno–Hatta International Airport
Serving the greater Jakarta area on the island of Java in Indonesia there have been concerns that it is running over capacity with its 52 million annual passengers.
Denver International Airport
With its recognizeable architecture rising out of the Great Planes and being silhouetted against the Rocky Mountains Denver International Airport is hard to miss. Not only that but it is also the largest airport in the United States in terms of land area serving 52 million passengers every year.
Hong Kong International Airport
In a city basically built out of islands it would make sense that the airport would be on an island too. Hong Kong International Airport operates one of the world’s busiest passenger terminals with over 53 million people passing through every year.
Serving 56 million passengers annually Frankfurt Airport has flights to over 275 destinations in 111 countries. It is the third busiest airport in Europe behind Paris and London.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Although it is the 8th busiest airport on Earth in terms of passengers moved it is the fourth busiest in terms of aircraft takeoffs and landings.
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
Also known as Roissy Airport this is France’s principal aviation center and served about 61 million passengers last year.
Los Angeles International Airport
Serving the second most populated metropolitan region in the United States, LAX serves about 61 million passengers every year.
Better known as Tokyo International Airport it was recognized by Forbes as the most punctual airport in the world which is a good thing considering that over 62 million passengers pass through its gates every year.
O’Hare International Airport
Also known as Chicago Airport, it’s a hub for United Airlines and American Airlines both of which contribute significantly to the total of 66 million passengers moved annually.
London Heathrow Airport
Located in West London London Heathrow Airport serves more international passengers than any other airport in the world with a total count of around 70 million annually.
Beijing Capital International Airport
As the main airport serving the capital of China it is run and controlled by the state and for several years now it has been by far the busiest airport in Asia serving about 77 million passengers annually.
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Ever since the year 2000 Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta has been the busiest in the world serving roughly 92 million passengers annually. It is the hub of several major airlines including Southwest and has 199 gates in total.