Dubai Remains World's Busiest Airport For International Travelers


Dubai Airport remains the world's busiest airport for international travelers. The airport handled almost 90 million passengers in 2017, 1% more than the previous year. Only Atlanta (103 million) and Beijing(95 million) handle more passengers, but a large number of them travel on domestic flights.

Dubai overtook London Heathrow as the world's busiest airport for international passengers in 2014. Since 2003 Dubai Airport has been growing steadily. It is the home hub of Emirates and flydubai.

The Middle Eastern airport is a major gateway for travelers from Europe to Asia and Australia. Over 100 airlines operate out of Dubai Airport.

India (12 million) was the most popular destination for passengers flying out of Dubai, followed by Saudi Arabia and the UK. The airport now aims at overtaking Atlanta and Beijing to become the world's largest airport in terms of overall passengers.



The world's largest airports (2017 in millions of passengers)


Atlanta 103
Beijing 96
Dubai 89
Tokyo 85
Los Angeles 84
Chicago 79
London Heathrow 78
Hong Kong 72
Shanghai 70
Paris 69




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