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10 airport hubs that see most traffic in the world

Last updated on: April 5, 2013 11:28 IST

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Airport hubs see a lot of incoming passengers transferring to planes that are not served directly from their original point of departure, according to The Economist.

Hubs are popular with airlines because they make their operations considerably more efficient. Airport owners like them because hubs have more flights. And local users like them because they serve more destinations: pooling passengers from many different points of departure makes it possible for airlines to offer flights to places that would otherwise be uneconomic, it says.

Let's take a look at some of the busiest airport hubs in the world.

Source: The Economist

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

City: Atlanta

Country: The United States

Population of the metropolitan area: 5 million

Distance to city centre: 13 kilometres

Global rank in transfer passengers: 1

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Frankfurt am Main Airport

City: Frankfurt

Country: Germany

Population of the metropolitan area: 3 million

Distance to city centre: 12 kilometres

Global rank in transfer passengers: 2

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O'Hare International Airport

City: Chicago

Country: The United States

Population of the metropolitan area: 10 million

Distance to city centre: 27 kilometres

Global rank in transfer passengers: 3

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

City: Amsterdam

Country: The Netherlands

Population of the metropolitan area: 2 million

Distance to city centre: 12 kilometres

Global rank in transfer passengers: 4

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Dubai International Airport

City: Dubai

Country: The United Arab Emirates

Population of the metropolitan area: 1 million

Distance to city centre: 5 kilometres

Global rank in transfer passengers: 5

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Munich Airport

City: Munich

Country: Germany

Population of the metropolitan area: 3 million

Distance to city centre: 30 kilometres

Global rank in transfer passengers: 6

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Charles de Gaulle Airport

City: Paris

Country: France

Population of the metropolitan area: 11 million

Distance to city centre: 24 kilometres

Global rank in transfer passengers: 7

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Heathrow Airport

City: London

Country: The United Kingdom

Population of the metropolitan area: 15 million

Distance to city centre: 24 kilometres

Global rank in transfer passengers: 8

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Beijing Capital International Airport

City: Beijing

Country: China

Population of the metropolitan area: 17 million

Distance to city centre: 26 kilometres

Global rank in transfer passengers: 9

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John F Kennedy International Airport

City: New York City

Country: The United States

Population of the metropolitan area: 19 million

Distance to city centre: 21 kilometres

Global rank in transfer passengers: 10


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