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The World's 15 Busiest Airports

From January to September 2014 the Airports Council International (ACI) measured preliminary figures for the world's busiest airports. These are the world's 15 busiest airports by aircraft movements:

Remember, these are only partial-year figures for the first part of 2014 - Full statistics will be released soon.

15) Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada (329,345 Movements)


14) Istanbul Ataturk International Airport, Turkey (329,351 Movements)

Bulent Kavakkoru

13) Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, The Netherlands (343,110 Movements)


12) London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom (356,566 Movements)

Tony Hisgett

11) Charles de Gaulle Airport, France (356,813 Movements)


10) Frankfurt Airport, Germany (357,016 Movements)

Cristian Bortes

9) Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, USA-Texas (379,460 Movements)

Katie Haugland

8) Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, USA-Nevada (396,921 Movements)

Jenny Lee Silver

7) Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, USA-North Carolina (407,955 Movements)


6) Denver International Airport, Colorado (426,341 Movements)

Ashley Niblock

5) Beijing Capital International Airport, China (433,473 Movements)


4) Los Angeles International Airport, USA-California (478,063 Movements)


3) Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, USA-Texas (509,228 Movements)


2) Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, USA-Georgia (653,426 Movements)

Colin Brown

1) Chicago O'Hare International Airport, USA-Illinois (659,401 Movements)


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Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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