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)
- Beijing Capital International (China) — 81.9 million passengers
- London Heathrow (England) — 70 million
- Tokyo Haneda International (Japan) — 66.8 million
- Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) — 61.6 million
- Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International (Indonesia) — 57.8 million
Busiest North American Airports, 2012
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International — 95.5 million passengers *
- Chicago O’Hare International — 66.7 million
- Los Angeles International — 63.7 million
- Dallas/Fort Worth International — 58.6 million
- 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
- Southwest/AirTran — 134 million passengers
- Delta — 116.4 million
- United/Continental — 92.4 million
- American — 86.3 million
- 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.
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