Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport retakes the lead as world's busiest


Atlanta Airport's return to busiest airport in the world by seats comes as US domestic travel continues its rapid recovery, with over a million passengers daily since the month long "spring break" (9-Mar to 21-Apr-2021) began. Atlanta itself offered 1.8 million seats over the w/b 22-Mar-2021, according to OAG schedules.

Meanwhile, American Airlines will fly more seats than any other world airline this week.

Seven of the world's busiest airports are now in the US, from Orlando, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Chicago O'Hare, Denver, DFW.

China's overall recovery is reflected in nine of the top 20 airports being Chinese - although, after a return to levels above 2019 prior to the Lunar New Year, the current numbers are partially masked by temporary government-induced reductions in travel in order to secure the country from further outbreaks.

13 of the top 20 airports are in Asia, each of them fuelled by domestic traffic.

Notably, there is not a single European airport in the list, as the region fights another revival of the COVID virus.
Indeed, aside from Istanbul Airport, there is no European airport in the world's top 50 airports.

  • Atlanta Airport has regained its position as the busiest airport in the world by seats, reflecting the recovery of US domestic travel.
  • American Airlines will operate the highest number of seats among all airlines globally this week.
  • The US has seven of the world's busiest airports, including Orlando, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Chicago O'Hare, Denver, and DFW.
  • China has nine airports in the top 20 busiest airports globally, indicating its recovery from the pandemic, although temporary travel restrictions have impacted current numbers.
  • Thirteen of the top 20 airports are in Asia, driven by domestic travel.
  • There are no European airports in the top 20 list, except for Istanbul Airport, as the region faces challenges with a resurgence of COVID-19.

World top 20 busiest airports w/b 22-Mar-2021

The above table is taken from CAPA's online Rankings database, using OAG schedules data:

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