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Guangzhou (CAN / ZGGG) overtakes ATL, busiest airport worldwide

Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:43 am

With 43.768 million passengers counted in 2020, CAN passed Atlanta (ATL / KATL), which saw 42.918 million passengers.
Third place is taken by Shenzhen (SZX / ZGSX) with 37.916 million passengers.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Transp ... t-for-2020

Considering that the European and Middle Eastern hubs suffered from even larger drops in passenger numbers, it indicates that domestic travel remains much stronger than international and long haul demand. On the other hand, HND also saw huge cuts despite handling mostly Japanese domestic flights.

With the posted numbers, CAN is nearly twice as large as either LHR, CDG or IST, all of which handled around 22-23 million passengers in 2020.
 
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Re: Guangzhou (CAN / ZGGG) overtakes ATL, busiest airport worldwide

Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:48 pm

Congratulations CAN!!! :bigthumbsup: :bouncy:
 
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Re: Guangzhou (CAN / ZGGG) overtakes ATL, busiest airport worldwide

Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:51 pm

mxaxai wrote:
Considering that the European and Middle Eastern hubs suffered from even larger drops in passenger numbers, it indicates that domestic travel remains much stronger than international and long haul demand. On the other hand, HND also saw huge cuts despite handling mostly Japanese domestic flights.


I'm afraid I don't quite follow. ATL is overwhelmingly domestic, especially right now. So how does CAN passing ATL prove this point?
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Re: Guangzhou (CAN / ZGGG) overtakes ATL, busiest airport worldwide

Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:59 pm

On number of passengers boarded yes CAN overtook ATL. But on # of flights ATL is still #1. CAN has more wide-bodies than ATL.
 
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Re: Guangzhou (CAN / ZGGG) overtakes ATL, busiest airport worldwide

Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:18 pm

Guangzhou and Shenzhen are not that surprising. Those are big airports with mostly (specially SZX) domestic traffic which hasn't been hit for much of 2020 in China.
 
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Re: Guangzhou (CAN / ZGGG) overtakes ATL, busiest airport worldwide

Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:48 pm

FYI LAX posted 28,779,527
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Re: Guangzhou (CAN / ZGGG) overtakes ATL, busiest airport worldwide

Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:00 pm

Where does DFW place in this?
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Re: Guangzhou (CAN / ZGGG) overtakes ATL, busiest airport worldwide

Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:11 pm

mxaxai wrote:
With 43.768 million passengers counted in 2020, CAN passed Atlanta (ATL / KATL), which saw 42.918 million passengers.
Third place is taken by Shenzhen (SZX / ZGSX) with 37.916 million passengers.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Transp ... t-for-2020

Considering that the European and Middle Eastern hubs suffered from even larger drops in passenger numbers, it indicates that domestic travel remains much stronger than international and long haul demand. On the other hand, HND also saw huge cuts despite handling mostly Japanese domestic flights.

With the posted numbers, CAN is nearly twice as large as either LHR, CDG or IST, all of which handled around 22-23 million passengers in 2020.


I imagine the Chinese carriers are not subject to seat blocking - a la DL - which could impact figures for CAN vs ATL.
 
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Re: Guangzhou (CAN / ZGGG) overtakes ATL, busiest airport worldwide

Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:13 pm

I'm afraid this statistic is pretty much an anomaly for 2020, as it largely depends on how COVID was handled by the two countries. China was able to get COVID under control very quickly, and passenger traffic rebounded much faster, especially domestic traffic. The US continues to struggle, and domestic service into ATL is not even at 50% probably of what it was (seat blocking, less flights, the list goes on)
 
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Re: Guangzhou (CAN / ZGGG) overtakes ATL, busiest airport worldwide

Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:42 pm

Yep an anomoly for 2020, and by the looks of it for parts (if not all) of 2021 too.

The statistics still stand though, it is what it is. I wonder what 2022 will bring us ...

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