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25 airports that saw most number of passengers in the world

Last updated on: December 03, 2013 14:24 IST

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With the rise of the middle class, disposable income and comparatively cheaper fares, air travel is taking off like never before, especially in developing countries.

Let's take a look at some airports that are enjoying a boom in passenger traffic.

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Image: An aerial view of the 50th Paris Air Show, at Le Bourget airport near Paris.
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Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

City: Atlanta, Georgia

Country: United States

Total passengers: 63,579,546 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 1

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which started operations in 1926, has been the busiest airport in the world since 1998.

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Image: A view of Maynard H Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
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Beijing Capital International Airport

City: Beijing

Country: China

Total passengers: 55,919,431 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 2

Beijing Capital International Airport, which started operations in 1958, saw 557,167 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Image: Passengers wait to board the Airport Express train at the subway station at Beijing Capital International Airport, China.
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Heathrow Airport

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

Total passengers: 48,312,082 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 3

Heathrow Airport, which started operations in 1929, saw 475,176 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Image: A view of Heathrow Airport in London, United Kingdom.
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Los Angeles International Airport

City: Los Angeles

Country: United States

Total passengers: 45,075,895 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 4

Los Angeles International Airport, which started operations in 1930, saw 601,416 aircraft take-off and land in 2011.

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Image: A view of Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, California, United States.
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Tokyo International Airport

City: Tokyo

Country: Japan

Total passengers: 44,835,435 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 5

Tokyo International Airport, which started operations in 1931, is one of the two major airports that cater to Greater Tokyo Area in Japan.

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Image: An employee of Japan Airlines stands in front of ticket machines at Tokyo International Airport, Japan.
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O'Hare International Airport

City: Chicago, Illinois

Country: United States

Total passengers: 44,538,012 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 6

O'Hare International Airport, which started operations in 1955, saw 878,108 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Image: Holiday travellers wait in line for security screening at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
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Dubai International Airport

City: Dubai

Country: United Arab Emirates

Total passengers: 43,971,839 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 7

Dubai International Airport, which started operations in 1940, is also the sixth busiest cargo airport in the world.

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Image: A plane passes in between the Emirates Airlines terminal, left, and the terminal dedicated for A380 aircraft, left, at the concourse in Dubai International Airport.
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Charles de Gaulle Airport

City: Paris

Country: France

Total passengers: 41,711,256 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 8

Charles de Gaulle Airport, which started operations in 1974, saw 497,763 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Image: Passengers look at a flight departure information board in a terminal at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy, near Paris.
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Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

City: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Country: United States

Total passengers: 40,931,724 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 9

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, which started operations in 1973, saw 646,803 aircraft take-off and land in 2011.

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Image: Passengers at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Texas, rest before their flights.
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Hong Kong International Airport

City: Hong Kong

Country: Hong Kong

Total passengers: 39,735,000 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 10

Hong Kong International Airport, which started operations in 1998, has about 90 airlines operating flights to more than 150 cities across the world.

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Image: A Cathay Pacific Airways passenger plane takes off at the Hong Kong Airport.
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Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

City: Banten

Country: Indonesia

Total passengers: 39,582,018 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 11

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, which started operations in 1985, saw 369,740 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Image: Passengers of Batavia Air gather in front of a ticket booth at the Sukarno-Hatta airport on the outskirts of Jakarta.
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Frankfurt Airport

City: Frankfurt

Country: Germany

Total passengers: 38,663,262 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 12

Frankfurt Airport, which started operations in 1936, saw 482,242 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Image: An aircraft of German air carrier Lufthansa rolls on a runway above a highway in Frankfurt, Germany.
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Changi Airport

City: Singapore

Country: Singapore

Total passengers: 35,457,356 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 13

Changi Airport, which started operations in 1981, saw 324,722 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Image: Singapore Airlines cabin crew walk past check-in counters at Terminal 3 of Changi Airport.
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Schiphol Airport

City: Amsterdam

Country: The Netherlands

Total passengers: 35,357,644 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 14

Schiphol Airport, which started operations in 1920, saw 423,407 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Denver International Airport

City: Denver, Colorado

Country: United States

Total passengers: 35,183,343 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 15

Denver International Airport, which started operations in 1994, saw 635,445 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Image: Travellers line up at Denver International Airport.
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Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

City: Guangzhou, Guangdong

Country: China

Total passengers: 34,907,598 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 16

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, which started operations in 2004, saw 373,314 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Image: Boeing 787 Dreamliner belonging to China Southern Airlines is given a water cannon salute at Guangzhou airport.
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Suvarnabhumi Airport

City: Bangkok

Country: Thailand

Total passengers: 34,373,606 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 17

Suvarnabhumi Airport, which started operations in 2006, saw 312,493 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Image: A view of a terminal at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.
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John F Kennedy International Airport

City: New York

Country: United States

Total passengers: 33,977,120 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 18

John F Kennedy International Airport, which started operations in 1948, saw 408,913 aircraft take-off and land in 2011.

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Image: Travellers walk through a security line at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York.
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Ataturk International Airport

City: Istanbul

Country: Turkey

Total passengers: 33,946,064 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 19

Ataturk International Airport, which started operations in 1924, is the main international airport serving Istanbul.

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Image: A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-400 takes off at Istanbul's international airport.
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Shanghai Pudong International Airport

City: Shanghai

Country: China

Total passengers: 31,570,365 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 20

Shanghai Pudong International Airport, which started operations in 1999, is the main international airport serving Shanghai.

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Image: A view of Terminal 2 of Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.
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Kuala Lumpur International Airport

City: Kuala Lumpur

Country: Malaysia

Total passengers: 30,423,601 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 21

Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which started operations in 1998, saw 283,352 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Image: Lawrence Jones plays cards with his mother Susan Hourihan and brother Harvey as they wait for their flight to London, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
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San Francisco International Airport

City: San Francisco, California

Country: United States

Total passengers: 29,970,381 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 22

San Francisco International Airport, which started operations in 1927, is a major gateway to Europe and Asia.

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Image: Passengers wait for their flight to London with British Airways at San Francisco International Airport.
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Charlotte Douglas International Airport

City: Charlotte, North Carolina

Country: United States

Total passengers: 29,147,707 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 23

Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which started operations in 1937, saw 552,093 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Image: US Airways passengers check in for their flights at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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McCarran International Airport

City: Las Vegas, Nevada

Country: United States

Total passengers: 28,037,211 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 24

McCarran International Airport, which started operations in 1963, saw 527,739 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.

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Image: Ryan Caille and Megan Wile of Houston do crossword puzzles at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Seoul Incheon International Airport

City: Seoul

Country: South Korea

Total passengers: 27,934,142 (January-August 2013)

Rank in passenger traffic: 25

Seoul Incheon International Airport, which started operations in 2001, saw 254,037 aircraft take-off and land in 2012.


Image: Passengers smile as they hold their boarding passes for an aircraft heading to Paris at the departure terminal of Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul.
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