In this modern world, airway is the most convent medium of travel in terms of time and safety and its global presence. The number of people travelling by air is constantly rising every day and so is the number of aircraft and airports. There are more than 40,000 thousands airports around the globe used for civilian and cargo transport. This list is gives the top 10 busiest airports in the world in terms of the total annual passenger transition registered. Naturally this kind of list always changes, what we listed below is as per the data of the year 2012.
1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, USA
It tops our list of busiest airports in the world. Since 1998 it has been the busiest airport in the world. It accommodated more than 95 million passengers last year. This was named in honor of former mayor Maynard Jackson on 2003. A lot of major improvements has been carried out last decade due to which the Air Transport Research Society named Atlanta the world’s most efficient airport in 2011. On an average day more than 250,000 travelers pass through its terminals on nearly 2,500 flights. Today the airport has around 55,300 employees, making it the largest employment center in the US state of Georgia. Its total layout is approximately 6,800,000 square foot.
2. Beijing Capital International Airport, China
Beijing Capital International Airport is the second busiest international port in the world as on 2012. This major airport of China is located 32 km northeast of Beijing’s city center in the Chaoyang district. It is the busiest airport in Asia. Beijing Airport was opened on March 2, 1958 and is the main hub for Air China now. In the 2012, it handled 81,929,359 passengers. It has 3 terminals among which the 3rd terminal was opened in 2008 in time for the Olympic Games. The 3rd terminal is now the second largest airport terminal in the world after Dubai international airport’s Terminal 3, and the fifth largest building in the world by area and a major landmark in Beijing representing the growing and developing Chinese city. It also became one of the most beautiful airports in the world after the opening of the 3rd terminal. The transportation is very easy with the Airport express line of subway that runs connects the city center to the airport. Also there are more than 9 shuttle bus routes connecting the airport with various locations in the downtown area. There is also free bus service for cross terminal transportation.
3. London Heathrow Airport, UK
This major international airport is located in the London Brough of Hillingdon, in West London with 22 km west of central London. Heathrow Airport started in 1929 for the first time and is now used by over 90 airlines flying to 170 destinations worldwide. It is the primary hub for British Airways. Heathrow is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the 3rd busiest in world as of 2012. The airport provides a wide range of facilities including those for business, children and disabled travelers. Public transport is very much reliable here with plenty of coaches, taxi and buses. The Heathrow Express is also one of the major ways of transportation here. It holds the record of handling highest number of international passengers than any other airport around the globe. It is also the busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic and the third busiest by traffic movement. It has 5 terminals out of which 4 are passenger terminals and the fifth one is for cargo.
4. Tokyo International Airport, Japan
Commonly known as Haneda Airport, it is located in Ota, Tokyo, and 14 km south of Tokyo station. It was first opened in 1931. In the year 2012, its total passenger transition recorded up to 66,795,178 making it the second busiest airport in Asia and 4th in the world. The ForbesTravelers recognized Haneda Airport as the most punctual airport in the world for two years in a row in December 2009. With its 4 terminals it has the ability to handle nearly 90 million passengers per year. Haneda handles almost all domestic flights to and from Tokyo, but it also seen a dramatic increase in the number of international flights after the opening of a dedicated international terminal.
5. O’Hare International Airport, Chicago
Chicago O’Hare International Airport is located in the northwestern-most corner of Chicago, Illinois, United States of America. It was the busiest airport in the world till 2008 and now in 5th position in the list. It recorded more than 66 million travelers last year. It also has a strong international presence, with flights to more than 60 foreign destinations. O’Hare has been voted the “Best Airport in North America” for 10 years by Readers of the U.S. Edition of Business Traveler Magazine (1998–2003) and Global Traveler Magazine (2004–2007). It has 4 passenger terminals. This international renowned airport has been referred in many movies, TV shows and songs. It has the bad reputation of being one of the least punctual airports in the United States based on percentage of delayed flights due to high volume and crowded schedule which leads to long delays of flights. Several Modernization plan although taken to resolve this issue. Recently a sum of $65 has been sanctioned by the federal government for the construction of runway, a part of the massive modernizing project taken in to hand.