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Explore the 10 Busiest Airports in the World (Slideshow)



Explore the 10 Busiest Airports in the World

As bustling as airports already are, they’re about to get even more so, if analysts are correct. Industry trade group Airlines for America estimates that spring 2016 air travel will rise to the highest level ever, with passenger volumes exceeding 2015’s peak by 3 percent.

Visit the world’s 10 busiest airports by exploring this slideshow!

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
No. of Passengers: 101.5 million
Hartsfield-Jackson has remained the world’s busiest passenger airport in the world since 1998. Contributing to the airport’s prominence is Atlanta’s convenient location, a mere two-hour flight from 80 percent of the U.S. population.

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Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
No. of Passengers:89.9 million
Since its inception in 1958, Beijing Capital is known as “China’s No. 1 Gateway,” and is one of the largest aviation hubs with state-of-the-art facilities. It has carried out reconstruction projects seven times all together since 1965 to meet the ever-growing demand of passengers.

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Dubai International Airport (DXB)
No. of Passengers: 78 million
As the premier airport in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai International continues to grow, with passenger numbers increasing 15 percent a year on average. DXB serves more than 66 million people a year flying them to over 260 destinations across 6 continents on more than 140 scheduled airlines.

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Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
No. of Passengers: 76.9 million
Chicago O’Hare straddles Cook and DuPage counties within the City of Chicago, and sits on over 7,200 acres of land. As of April 2016, there are 189 gates at O’Hare, with two hub carriers leasing a majority of these gates.

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Tokyo International Airport (HND)
No. of Passengers:75 million
Also known as Haneda Airport, Tokyo International lies on the Japanese island of Honshu and is well linked to central Tokyo by road, rail and monorail links. HND was the original international airport serving Tokyo, but now a majority of international flights arrive and depart at the newer Narita Airport. Despite the lack of international flights, however, it remains the busiest airport in Japan.

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London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
No. of Passengers:74.9 million
London Heathrow, originally known as London Airport but renamed in 1966, got its start in 1944 when the first runway construction began. A hub of the civil aviation world, Heathrow continues improvements with its most recent terminal, Terminal 2 or “The Queen’s Terminal,” opening for business in June 2014.

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
No. of Passengers:74.9 million
LAX began as a general aviation field in 1928 and in 2016 now serves as a dynamic airport in Southern California that attracts and supports economic activity in the area. A multi-billion dollar capital improvement program is underway at the airport, which is projected to create 40,000 local jobs.

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Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
No. of Passengers:68 million
In 2007 HKG was voted the World’s Best Airport, and it truly is a modern complex due to considerable reinvestment and planning. The airport is surrounded by water and is 25 miles southwest of central Hong Kong.

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Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG)
No. of Passengers:65.7 million
Charles de Gaulle sees staggering numbers of Paris passengers every year, which has now landed it as one of the busiest airport in the world. The airport is around 14 miles northeast of central Paris and within reach of many of the world’s most famous sights.

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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
No. of Passengers:64 million
As one of the most frequently visited “super hub” airports in the world, DFW offers its customers 149 domestic and 58 international nonstop destinations worldwide. The airport serves as a major economic generator for the North Texas region, producing over $37 billion each year.

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