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A Look Back at 2013: Where Is The World’s Busiest Airport?

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014 was released earlier this month.

World Almanac & Book of Facts 2014. Credit: Danielle Masterson.
World Almanac & Book of Facts 2014. Credit: Danielle Masterson.

As the year winds down, book stores are full of almanacs and other time capsules reflecting on the year that was.

Throughout the next few weeks, we’re going to take a look at some of features in the World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014, which was released in print in November and in e-publication earlier this month.


Let’s take a look at the year in travel: The largest airports and the most popular airlines.

Busiest World Airports, 2012 (excludes North America)

  1. Beijing Capital International (China) — 81.9 million passengers
  2. London Heathrow (England) — 70 million
  3. Tokyo Haneda International (Japan) — 66.8 million
  4. Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) — 61.6 million
  5. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International (Indonesia) — 57.8 million

Busiest North American Airports, 2012

  1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International — 95.5 million passengers *
  2. Chicago O’Hare International — 66.7 million
  3. Los Angeles International — 63.7 million
  4. Dallas/Fort Worth International — 58.6 million
  5. Denver International — 53.1 million

* Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta is recorded as the busiest airport in the world for 2012.

Top U.S. Airlines, 2012

  1. Southwest/AirTran — 134 million passengers
  2. Delta — 116.4 million
  3. United/Continental — 92.4 million
  4. American — 86.3 million
  5. US Airways — 54.2 million


And some bonus factoids while we’re thinking about going places…

  • What’s the largest country (population)? China — 1.3 billion.
  • Largest country (land)? Russia — 6.3 million square miles.
  • Smallest country (population)? Vatican City — 839.
  • And smallest country (land)? Also Vatican City — 0.17 square miles.


This post also appeared on my site: DanielleMastersonBooks.com.

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