China's Beijing Capital International Airport has overtaken Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as the world's largest airport by system traffic (seats) in the current week (19-Aug-2013 to 25-Aug-2013), according to the CAPA Ranking Database. According to Innovata, Beijing Capital has 2.22 million seats in the current week (system wide), with Atlanta following with 2.18 million seats. Tokyo Haneda (2.05 million seats) is ahead of London Heathrow (1.88 million seats) and Chicago O'Hare (1.71 million seats) in the current week.
Beijing Capital passes Atlanta Airport by system seats in week of 19-Aug-2013
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