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2006 Busiest Airports In The World  
User currently offlineAirFrnt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2826 posts, RR: 42
Posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 18836 times:

The 2006 Busiest Airport in the world numbers are out.

Quote:

GENEVA (AP) — Atlanta's Hartsfield International held its ranking as the world's busiest passenger airport in 2006, followed by Chicago's O'Hare and London's Heathrow, according to preliminary figures released this week.
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Filling out the top 10 were Tokyo's Haneda Airport, with 65.2 million; Los Angeles International Airport, 61 million; Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, 60 million; Paris Charles de Gaulle, 56.8 million; Frankfurt Airport, 52.8 million; Beijing Capital International Airport, 48.5 million; and Denver International Airport, 47.3 million.

Denver passed Las Vegas to regain the number 5 (domestic) and 10 (international) positions despite the airport being shut down repeatedly in December due to several large snow storms. Also total capacity at American airports dropped last year due to restructures at NW at DL. (Yes, less capacity is a important reason why carriers are making money).

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User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 18842 times:

Quoting AirFrnt (Thread starter):
Paris Charles de Gaulle, 56.8 million; Frankfurt

It´s incredible how CDG overtook FRA , just because of some people living near the airport , not allowing a new runway , it makes me so angry  Angry


User currently offlineBriboy From Canada, joined Jul 2001, 366 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 18563 times:

Full top 30 list, from ACI:
TOTAL PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2006
Rank Airport Passengers % change
1 ATL 84 846 639 (1.2)
2 ORD 76 248 911 (0.3)
3 LHR 67 530 223 (0.6)
4 HND 65 225 795 3.0
5 LAX 61 048 552 (0.7)
6 DFW 60 079 107 1.3
7 CDG 56 808 967 5.6
8 FRA 52 810 683 1.1
9 PEK 48 501 102 18.3
10 DEN 47 324 844 9.1
11 LAS 46 194 882 4.3
12 AMS 46 088 221 4.4
13 MAD 45 500 469 8.1
14 HKG 44 020 000 9.1
15 BKK 42 799 532 9.8
16 IAH 42 628 663 7.4
17 JFK 42 604 975 4.2
18 PHX 41 439 819 0.5
19 DTW 36 356 446 (0.0)
20 MSP 35 633 020 (3.9)
21 EWR 35 494 863 7.4
22 SIN 35 033 083 8.0
23 MCO 34 818 264 2.1
24 LGW 34 172 489 4.2
25 SFO 33 527 236 0.4
26 MIA 32 533 974 4.9
27 NRT 31 824 411 1.2
28 PHL 31 766 537 0.9
29 YYZ 30 966 483 3.5
30 CGK 30 863 806 10.4

/Brian



next up: YYC, SFO, SYD, AKL, WLG, CMB, BKK, SIN, FRA, VCE, JFK
User currently offlineCO777DAL From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 18414 times:

Quoting Briboy (Reply 2):
16 IAH 42 628 663 7.4



Quoting Briboy (Reply 2):
21 EWR 35 494 863 7.4

WOW!!! What is going on with these airports? Both had a 7.4% increase in passengers. Did CO really add more flights or is another airline responsible for this?

If it is because of CO, it looks like their hubs are growing compared to the other Legacy carriers.

[Edited 2007-03-09 01:42:34]


Worked Hard. Flew Right. Farewell, Continental. Thanks for the memories.
User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7461 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 18354 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 1):
It´s incredible how CDG overtook FRA , just because of some people living near the airport , not allowing a new runway , it makes me so angry

Are you sure that is the reason? After all with just one runway:

Quoting Briboy (Reply 2):
24 LGW 34 172 489 4.2

overtook

Quoting Briboy (Reply 2):
25 SFO 33 527 236 0.4

and also handled 64.7 per cent of the FRA traffic on its single runway.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26423 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 18272 times:

Quoting AirFrnt (Thread starter):
(Yes, less capacity is a important reason why carriers are making money).

Oh really? The legacies cut 20% across the board after 9/11 and look what happened then.

Quoting VV701 (Reply 4):
Are you sure that is the reason? After all with just one runway:

The vast majority of LGW's traffic is widebody and large capacity narrowbody. There are exceptions, but LGW's operational efficiency benefits massively from that.



Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 17992 times:

Quoting Briboy (Reply 2):
1 ATL 84 846 639 (1.2)
2 ORD 76 248 911 (0.3)
3 LHR 67 530 223 (0.6)

So once Terminal 5 opens at Heathrow, will it overtake Chicago and Atlanta? Isn't it supposed to reach around 90m passengers p.a.? But when by though?


User currently offlineHUYguy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 17935 times:

Heathrow's growth is significantly constrained by the runway capacity.

Although when T5 opens LHR COULD handle 90m pax, I sincerly doubt that is possible without the 3rd runway, even if mixed mode operations come into force.

However, I do think T5 will boost passenger numbers at LHR, but not enough to beat ORD and ATL me thinks.

I hope they build runway 3 soon, because LHR is losing out to competition from Europe, as seen from CDG and AMS's steady growth, and Heathrow's poor growth.

[Edited 2007-03-09 13:38:10]

User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 17899 times:

Quoting VV701 (Reply 4):
Are you sure that is the reason? After all with just one runway:

See all LH flights (intercont) that are going out of MUC if the runway would have been some years ago all this flights would be over FRA ...  Smile


User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 17836 times:

Quoting HUYguy (Reply 7):
Although when T5 opens LHR COULD handle 90m pax, I sincerly doubt that is possible without the 3rd runway, even if mixed mode operations come into force.

I don't understand how BAA came to the figure of 90m. Currently it handles 67m. If T5 will handle 30m, surely this would mean Heathrow COULD handle 97m per year?


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12134 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 17765 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 6):
So once Terminal 5 opens at Heathrow, will it overtake Chicago and Atlanta? Isn't it supposed to reach around 90m passengers p.a.? But when by though?

Not until they get more runways. That is why US airports like ATL, ORD, LAX & DFW lead everyone.


User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 17725 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 10):
Not until they get more runways. That is why US airports like ATL, ORD, LAX & DFW lead everyone.

I see. Well I really do hope Heathrow does get a new runway! It needs it in order to have the world-class status!


User currently offlineAirways45 From United Kingdom, joined May 2000, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 17727 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 10):
Not until they get more runways. That is why US airports like ATL, ORD, LAX & DFW lead everyone

And, it's a function of the large amount of connecting traffic over the hub.

Anyone know what % of traffic at the top airports is transfer / connecting traffic? I would imagine at ORD and ATL it's higher as a percentage than, say, at LAX...?

Airways45


User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 17683 times:

Quoting Briboy (Reply 2):
3 LHR 67 530 223 (0.6)
4 HND 65 225 795 3.0

Shows that LHR needs T-5, without it they'd be bound to lose #3 to a(n almost) domestic-only airport. Now, wheter LHR will pass ATL and ORD remains to be seen. Obviously, it will take a few years before LHR could reach the 90-million mark, and by that point in time ATL will have a new international terminal, and perhaps also the South Terminal, which combined should allow for some 10-15 million more pax. Of course, that's looking many years into the future, and we all know that especially in aviation things can change rather abruptly.


User currently offlineRlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1080 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 17671 times:

It seems that LAS is the busiest airport that people travel to by ground. And not just through.


I can drive faster than you
User currently offlineScouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3386 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 17653 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 9):
I don't understand how BAA came to the figure of 90m. Currently it handles 67m. If T5 will handle 30m, surely this would mean Heathrow COULD handle 97m per year?

Maybe that will be the case eventually - but as soon as T5 is up and running they want to demolish T2 and start again there so we're looking at 2015 before all of the building work is done.


User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 17615 times:

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 15):
so we're looking at 2015 before all of the building work is done.

2011-12 actually. They want to have Heathrow East done in time for the London 2012 Olympics. The majority of the infrastructure is there because of the current T1 and T2. It is literally the terminal building which needs to be replaced.


User currently offlineAirFrnt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2826 posts, RR: 42
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 17512 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 6):

So once Terminal 5 opens at Heathrow, will it overtake Chicago and Atlanta? Isn't it supposed to reach around 90m passengers p.a.? But when by though?

I think that the advent of a US-EU Opensky agreement will seriously restrict the future growth of LHR, as secondary markets become much easier to access.


User currently offlineHUYguy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 17441 times:

Quoting AirFrnt (Reply 17):
I think that the advent of a US-EU Opensky agreement will seriously restrict the future growth of LHR, as secondary markets become much easier to access.

I would have thought it might have the opposite impact in the fact that BA and VS in particular have large long-haul operations to the US from LGW, and I'd put my money on them moving them across to LHR (assuming Bermuda II is thrown out in an open skies deal).

Maybe it wouldn't be a sudden change, but as and when slots become available at LHR they'll move them over. Also, DL, NW, US and CO would want to move their services across I presume.


User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1657 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 17408 times:

And Memphis remains the #1 cargo airport in the world based on tonnage - from the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

"For the 15th consecutive year, Memphis International Airport was named the world's busiest airport for cargo, handling 4.08 million tons. Hong Kong International Airport was second with 3.97 million tons. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Alaska was third with 3.09 million tons."

Looks like HKG is closing in fast, though.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/...cle/0,1426,MCA_441_5404395,00.html


User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 17330 times:

Quoting AirFrnt (Reply 17):
I think that the advent of a US-EU Opensky agreement will seriously restrict the future growth of LHR, as secondary markets become much easier to access.

I'd say it'd have the exact opposite effect... as many airlines that are just dying to offer LHR-USA services will then be able to do so (factoring slots into account however) at the expense of other UK and even mainland airports.

Also, there are few such EU 2ndary markets that international carriers want to op to that they statutorily cannot at this point.


User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5402 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 17297 times:

Quoting HUYguy (Reply 7):
I hope they build runway 3 soon, because LHR is losing out to competition from Europe, as seen from CDG and AMS's steady growth, and Heathrow's poor growth.

Comparing 2000 with 2006, using the ACI data:
CDG 17.8% growth
AMS 16.4% growth
FRA 6.9% growth
LHR 4.5% growth

The combined effects of Bermuda II and unwillingness to improve infrastructure have a cost.



I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7773 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 17281 times:

Quoting Briboy (Reply 2):
9 PEK 48 501 102 18.3

Surprised nobody has mentioned this. This is VERY strong growth. Extrapolate that growth out over the next 5-10 years and PEK will be in the top 5 easily. Could well be the world's busiest airport. And IIRC they are currently in the middle of a major expansion project to get ready for the 2008 Olympics and beyond.



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User currently offlineB777A340Fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 773 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 17176 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 1):
It´s incredible how CDG overtook FRA , just because of some people living near the airport , not allowing a new runway , it makes me so angry

It's a popular french sentiment as well, not solely german.

Quoting VV701 (Reply 4):
Are you sure that is the reason? After all with just one runway:

One runway makes a HUUUGE load of difference. Some airports operate with ONLY one.


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 16312 times:

Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 13):
Shows that LHR needs T-5, without it they'd be bound to lose #3 to a(n almost) domestic-only airport. Now, wheter LHR will pass ATL and ORD remains to be seen.

You do realize that ORD is in a clusterf**ck right now and will have 6 parallel runways in a few years. Wait till they are done re-arranging the runways and probably build that West Terminal.


25 ConcordeBoy : Could be, but likely won't. Taking historical industry precedent into account: with the kind of O&D BJS can generate plus the nature of the authority
26 LHStarAlliance : Two airports that need urgently expansion ...
27 Post contains images CBERFlyer : Check out DEN's growth... +9.1%, making it the fastest growing USA airport in the top 30. I imagine this is due to the "Southwest Effect"? Their re-en
28 KC135TopBoom : I said nothing about LHR not being a world class airport. You can have 500 gates at 10 terminals at LHR, and they don't mean a thing if you do not ha
29 Aussie747 : It would not suprise me if PEK overtakes CDG and FRA in 2007 and then in 2008 come close to if not overtake DFW and LAX judging by its 18% growth year
30 Carpethead : I guess HND over took DFW when DL eliminated the hub there. Unless LHR builds another runway, HND will definitely overtake LHR when the fourth runway
31 KC135TopBoom : Doesn't China have the Olympics soon?
32 SkyGazer : That's quite a narrow sighted statement. I'm sure the average household living close to the airport wouldn't be too happy with the extra noise and en
33 8herveg : I know you didn't. I said it! I was talking about the airport itself. Too small, crowded, old etc
34 Flyorski : If they don't like the aircraft, why do they live there?
35 SkyGazer : That's beyond the point. What makes you think that the people who live there can afford to live somewhere else, or that its convenient for them to li
36 LHStarAlliance : The Airport has priority ...
37 SkyGazer : That's a joke of a statement. By your logic, the local government should prepare to free land next to your house for a rubbish tip, because it is a "
38 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : Common sense should tell you that that's not only an inaccurate, but a pointless measure. What use would there be taking percentage into account, whe
39 Cloudyapple : SUPRISE SURPRISE! No Dubai (yet)!!! Dubai handled 28.8m pax in 2006 - growth of 16.2% over 2005!!! At that rate it'll in the top 30 (my prediction no.
40 Kbdude : Interesting, in 2006 passenger traffic... - 16 of the top 30 busiest airports are in the USA. - 7 of the top 30 busiest airports are in ASIA - 6 of t
41 MasseyBrown : Precisely. "Rubbish tips" - which also facilitate growth in the economy - and airports have to go somewhere and are greater contributors to the commo
42 Post contains links and images Cloudyapple : Hong Kong Historical Growth Put together from figures published by AAHK. That dip is because of SARS. As you can see, it has had no long term effect o
43 VV701 : But T3 i doomed to closure whether or not Heathrow East goes ahead. I agree. Bermuda 2 effectively is an Open Skies agreement with the exception of L
44 Thestooges : I find it amazing that 16 of the top 30 airports are located in the USA and that only 6 are located in Europe. I assume that this is a result of the t
45 AirportPlan : U.S. hub airports are larger than European or Asian airports and will be for the near future simply because U.S. airlines carry more passengers. For
46 Avianca : of course not, HND O&D is much higher, specially ATL has a lot of hub operations thank you to DELTA.
47 Post contains images Paneuropean : Some heavy competition going on in Europe. What will MAD do next year compared to AMS? If this development will go on, maybe the top airports in Euro
48 Avianca : it looks like you forget that LH has several A380 and B747-800 on order, you can forget that AMS or MAD will pass FRA, specially as MAD beside the Am
49 Paneuropean : Neither has Delta, in terms of both O&D at Atlanta and also the current 747 and future 748 and A380 orders. AMS might not be to compare to Atlanta, b
50 MasseyBrown : That's nice; but T5 and Runway 3 should have been built 10-15 years ago. LHR is paying a price in lost opportunity for the delay, as the growth figur
51 SJCRRPAX : It's almost funny how a-net people view air traffic as a contest where natiional pride and city pride are on the line. Oh no, the Germans lost to the
52 Post contains images Paneuropean : I agree. Sometimes it's hard to see things in perspective, especially if it also considers your own country or city. At least someone wants FRA to be
53 Stylo777 : me too!!! I hate it!
54 PerthGloryFan : Yes and look at #30, Jakarta. Interestingly no Indian airports are in the top 30 - yet - but give them time and the supporting infrastructure. Althou
55 LAXdude1023 : Wrong you are. LAX is definately the #1 in the US and it probably is number one in the world. I mean c'mon, the number of people who travel to Los An
56 Graphic : With DEN being at number 10, you'd think it'd have more than just 2 (soon 3) intercons... Unless you count the 2x weekly TUIwhatever.
57 Carpethead : The number of airports from Asia will definitely rise in the near and distant future. Dubai, Shanghai Pudong, & Guangzhou could make the top 30 next y
58 SESGDL : Last I looked LAX had about 31 million annual O&D passengers, while ATL had 26 million. That's not much of a difference. ORD had something like 28 mi
59 Post contains links CV580Freak : DXB overtook LHR in 2006 for cargo and now ranks 17th http://www.gulf-news.com/business/Aviation/10110484.html
60 LAXdude1023 : Does anyone have any O&D numbers? I find it extremely hard to believe that LAX and ATL are that close in number for O&D.
61 DAL767400ER : Don't know any exact numbers, but remember one thing: Atlanta has ATL Los Angeles has LAX, BUR, SNA, LGB, and to a lesser degree ONT, all of which ta
62 ConcordeBoy : Ya shouldn't. I don't have recent numbers in front of me... but I do have 2002 and 2003, both of which saw LAX #1 and ATL #2 for total O&D.
63 LAXdude1023 : Do you have a link? Im not doubting you, but I would love to see the figures for that and the other airports in the US as well.
64 Iowaman : I believe LAS has the highest O&D percentage in the U.S.
65 SESGDL : That is correct. LAS for 2004, I believe, was the #1 O&D airport based on a per-flight basis. It was also in the top 5 among all US airports. Jeremy
66 LAXdude1023 : Im talking about number of passengers, not percentages. Its not even debatable whether LAX has the highest number of O&D passengers for airports in t
67 CPairDC10 : Its comming dont panic, these "green" people get right on my T+++S, just like all the concorde killers a while back..thats a different story !
68 Post contains images Axio : Well I'm pleased that my wife and I could add an arrival and a departure to that number. Thanks for the awesome honeymoon Atlanta
69 SailorOrion : And MUC missed the top 30 by a mere 100.000 .... Celestar
70 ConcordeBoy : Wrong on two accounts. Again, percentage is a useless measure as the likes of BTR could beat out any airport in NYC or LON when it comes to percentag
71 Aaron747 : Another stunning tidbit for you all - HND is the only airport in the 60,000,000 pax category operating with just two terminals.
72 ConcordeBoy : ...seen ATL lately?
73 W3ndytj4n : CGK is Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport? Wow, top 30 in the world for Indonesia Airport.... w3ndy
74 CHI787ORD : ORD's current construction plan and runway reconfiguration will increase it's capacity as well, and since LHR isnt doing an real runway work, I'd say
75 Post contains images Jammin : Anyone have passenger numbers for all airports in one city for 2006? Like for Chicago (ORD and MDW), NYC (JFK, EWR, LGA), London (LHR, LGW), Paris (CD
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