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Mon Apr 11, 2022 6:03 pm

ACI has released the official numbers for busiest airports in terms of pax capacity for 2021.

In the not-so-surprising category: ATL has regained the top spot, having had it for 22 of the past 23yrs in a row.

In the somewhat-startling category: not a single European airport managed to crack the top 10 list, including LHR and CDG.

      Airports with a heavy international component (LAX, MIA, DXB, HKG, all of Europe) struggled, whereas airports with heavy domestic components (CLT, MCO, LAS) skyrocketed relative to where they'd ranked in 2019.

  • Guangzhou was China's busiest airport, followed by Chengdu and Shenzhen.
  • Istanbul the busiest airport outside of the US and China.
  • Paris/de Gaulle the busiest in Europe, with LHR falling below AMS, FRA, and MAD.
  • Mexico City the busiest in LatAm.
  • No African, S. Asian, SE Asian, nor Oceanian airport made the top35.


https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/worl ... index.html
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Mon Apr 11, 2022 6:11 pm

Thought I would add the list for those who don't want to scroll through the link:

World's top 10 busiest airports for passenger traffic in 2021
1. Atlanta (ATL): 75.7 million passengers, up 76% from 2020
2. Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW): 62.5 million passengers, up 59% from 2020
3. Denver (DEN): 58.8 million passengers, up 74% from 2020
4. Chicago O'Hare (ORD): 54 million passengers, up 75% from 2020
5. Los Angeles (LAX): 48 million passengers, up 67% from 2020
6. Charlotte (CLT): 43.3 million passengers, up 59% from 2020
7. Orlando (MCO): 40.4 million passengers, up 87% from 2020
8. Guangzhou (CAN): 40.3 million passengers, down 8% from 2020
9. Chengdu (CTU): 40.1 million passengers, down 1.5% from 2020
10. Las Vegas (LAS): 39.8 million passengers, up 79% from 2020

Weird seeing ORD At No. 4, but nothing about the last 2+ years surprises me at this point.
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2022 6:14 pm

OzarkD9S wrote:
Thought I would add the list for those who don't want to scroll through the link:

Also worth noting from the articles is the ACI's expectation that large domestic markets (US, China, etc) will likely recover to 2019 levels by the end of 2023, with primarily international-component markets (e.g. DXB) recovering by the end of 2025.


OzarkD9S wrote:
Weird seeing ORD At No. 4, but nothing about the last 2+ years surprises me at this point.

On a worldwide scale, that's not unusual even for normal times:
it was #6 in both 2019, and 2018.

Though if you meant "among US airports," then yeah, that's new:
Only ATL and LAX had surpassed it in the last quarter century or so.
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2022 6:21 pm

LAX772LR wrote:

Though if you meant "among US airports," then yeah, that's new:
Only ATL and LAX had surpassed it in the last quarter century or so.


Yes, should of been a bit clearer on that. US airports, but with 8 of the top 10 being in the US, sort of implied. ;) It makes sense though with AA focused on DFW and CLT the past couple of years, ORD was bound to slip.
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2022 6:26 pm

Here is a link to the ACI World site where the airport data is presented. It goes in a little more depth to include (just) international passenger traffic and air cargo statistics. Interesting stuff...

https://aci.aero/2022/04/11/the-top-10- ... -revealed/
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2022 6:27 pm

I suspect LHR/CDG/FRA either return to the list top 10 list for 2023 or are very close. I'm pretty sure AA is slated to operate more than 100 daily flights from their DFW than DL is from their ATL this summer - sort of thing the gap between those two may shrink this year. I feel like DEN could make some noise at the top depending on how much UA/WN continue to grow there. Considering it's already WN's largest station and growing, I think DEN could also get into the mix in a few years.
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2022 6:32 pm

Yes, but LAX slipped even more, both of these airports will be back where they were within a year i believe. If AA continues to downsize ORD there are several airlines that will more than fill that gap, especially with new gate expansion happening now.
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2022 6:47 pm

What a strange showing for the list!

Charlotte at #6.
Denver at #3. I believe that years ago Denver peaked at #4 in terms of take-offs and landings, but lower in terms of passengers. Here they are at #3 for passengers. Ahead of O'Hare.
No Beijing, no Haneda, no Heathrow.
 
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N292UX wrote:
I suspect LHR/CDG/FRA either return to the list top 10 list for 2023 or are very close. I'm pretty sure AA is slated to operate more than 100 daily flights from their DFW than DL is from their ATL this summer - sort of thing the gap between those two may shrink this year.


Don't look at flight count, look at seats, especially on a list of world's busiest airports by passenger count. DL has traditionally operated higher avg gauge out of ATL.

From the thread of work done on summer schedules a couple of months ago (yeah, subject to change), [email protected] had an avg gauge of 160, and [email protected] was 134. DL led in total seats per day. I expect that will stick in actual operations.

The poor guy who did the flight count/aircraft work took so much flack here I'm afraid he won't refresh it. It's nice to have data on a.net.
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2022 8:11 pm

MIflyer12 wrote:
N292UX wrote:
I suspect LHR/CDG/FRA either return to the list top 10 list for 2023 or are very close. I'm pretty sure AA is slated to operate more than 100 daily flights from their DFW than DL is from their ATL this summer - sort of thing the gap between those two may shrink this year.


Don't look at flight count, look at seats, especially on a list of world's busiest airports by passenger count. DL has traditionally operated higher avg gauge out of ATL.


This. Enplanement data counts more than aircraft movement data.
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2022 8:17 pm

It will be interesting to see where DEN ends up in the future.

Not a huge amount of international traffic to pick up, so it should fall in the standings.

But WN gets 16 more gates, UA 12, F9 5 and UA is replacing a lot of 50 seaters with 70-75 seaters.

The gates don’t happen until 2023, so maybe it can pickup a spot or two that it looses in 2022.
 
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no surprise from europe we were all in some sort of lock down in most countries unlike you lot state side
 
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Having flown through both LHR and LGW in the last 2 weeks - especially since the start of the "summer schedules", I would not be surprised to see these numbers change in 2022 and more like pre-pandemic by 2023 reports. It really is great to be back flying and be number 8 in a take off queue - yes it sounds nuts, but even 12 months ago LGW was lucky to have 8 departures in a day, now they are up to 400 or so a day and we are not in peak season yet
 
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bluefrog wrote:
no surprise from europe we were all in some sort of lock down in most countries unlike you lot state side


Yup. National lockdowns pretty well blew up the idea of a single EU aviation market.
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2022 9:10 pm

I'm sure someone else will also mention it but for all aviation related intents and purposes IST is in Europe. It is collated into European region stats so CDG is second busiest in Europe, not busiest. But great to see aviation recovering finally.
 
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Yes, but LAX slipped even more

No surprise, seeing as is has such a massive international component. Same for JFK and SFO.

Of the USA's big-4 directional gateways (NE, SE, NW, SW), Miami was spared the most. I'm guessing the domestic traffic from AA's buildup, plus B6 and F9 entering, helped.



bluefrog wrote:
no surprise from europe we were all in some sort of lock down in most countries unlike you lot state side

There were definitely some leadership aspects who wanted an interstate domestic lockdown, but it's folly that would've been immediately struck down as an unconstitutional impediment on interstate commerce (goods) and transit (people).
 
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Charlotte about to enter Top5!
 
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FLALEFTY wrote:
Here is a link to the ACI World site where the airport data is presented. It goes in a little more depth to include (just) international passenger traffic and air cargo statistics. Interesting stuff...

https://aci.aero/2022/04/11/the-top-10- ... -revealed/


Anyone know where the expanded top 50 or 100 list is? I've not been able to find it. I'm very curious about how other hubs rebounded insofar as traffic.
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2022 9:40 pm

To put it into some perspective: ALL airports within the Federal Republic of Germany taken together counted 78,562,913 passengers which is just a tiny bit above the ATL local numbers.

https://www.adv.aero/wp-content/uploads ... tistik.pdf
 
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Manderson12 wrote:
Yes, but LAX slipped even more

No surprise, seeing as is has such a massive international component. Same for JFK and SFO.


No surprise indeed, and I think this also explains the relative position of ORD that surprises some folks. It's not to the level of JFK or SFO, but ORD does have a lot of long-haul international.

The other thing to remember about ORD is that a much higher percentage of its short-haul international is to Canada than at a place like ATL. Canada had many more restrictions than Mexico or the Caribbean.
 
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Mon Apr 11, 2022 10:01 pm

What am I missing here with the cargo movements? PHX has over 1000/cargo movements/day? That doesn't sound right.
 
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PhilMcCrackin wrote:
What am I missing here with the cargo movements? PHX has over 1000/cargo movements/day? That doesn't sound right.

Where are seeing that attributed to cargo, for PHX?
 
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Impressive for Orlando considering out of all the airports on the list they did it with virtually no domestic wide body service except during holiday rush periods.
 
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So basically, AA has hubs in four of the top six cities. Pretty impressive, as long as AA considers LAX a hub. What's amazing is how much CLT has grown and is now a formidable rival to ATL. It will be interesting to see if the growth continues.
 
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usdcaguy wrote:
So basically, AA has hubs in four of the top six cities. Pretty impressive, as long as AA considers LAX a hub. What's amazing is how much CLT has grown and is now a formidable rival to ATL. It will be interesting to see if the growth continues.


CLT is currently in the middle of a $3.1B capital investment project to increase capacity too. It's going to be a massive airport at the end of 2026.

https://cltairport.mediaroom.com/destination-clt
 
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Impressive for Orlando considering out of all the airports on the list they did it with virtually no domestic wide body service except during holiday rush periods.

Meh.

MCO had DL and HA with scheduled domestic widebody service, the occasional widebody from NYC/DFW/IAH, as well as transborder widebodies from Canada (not technically domestic, but handled as though it is).... how's that all that distinguished from LAS?
 
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bluefrog wrote:
no surprise from europe we were all in some sort of lock down in most countries unlike you lot state side


Yup. National lockdowns pretty well blew up the idea of a single EU aviation market.


It didn't, the single EU aviation market was (and is) still there. It's just that health care is dealt by the individual members instead of the EU.
 
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Do they publish data by the month? Would be more interested to see the latest traffic data for the month of March '22, when many countries have opened up int'l travel with a strong domestic recovery in various markets. Exception would be largely for China.
 
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Western727 wrote:
MIflyer12 wrote:
N292UX wrote:
I suspect LHR/CDG/FRA either return to the list top 10 list for 2023 or are very close. I'm pretty sure AA is slated to operate more than 100 daily flights from their DFW than DL is from their ATL this summer - sort of thing the gap between those two may shrink this year.


Don't look at flight count, look at seats, especially on a list of world's busiest airports by passenger count. DL has traditionally operated higher avg gauge out of ATL.


This. Enplanement data counts more than aircraft movement data.


Correct, and with a lot of international airlines, and thus hubs, shedding a lot of their WB capacity during the pandemic this will affect the shape of the list in the years to come. Many airlines have shed A380s let alone 744s and 340s, and simply won’t have the seats to move pax across the world. Take BA, their WB fleet is a shadow of what it was before the pandemic as the airline had to react to the fact it can't fly everywhere it wanted to, let alone fill the planes. That will take years to build up again and that is a lot of pax not flowing through LHR for the years to come, and the same is true at many other hubs across the globe that are weighted more to international passenger traffic. The top end of the list will continue to be dominated by airports with more capacity for smaller planes, on shorter links, insulated from the global market with a stronger weighting to the domestic market. Funny enough, big US hubs, Chinese to a lesser degree, until the world really becomes normal again.

aireuropef100 wrote:
Having flown through both LHR and LGW in the last 2 weeks - especially since the start of the "summer schedules", I would not be surprised to see these numbers change in 2022 and more like pre-pandemic by 2023 reports. It really is great to be back flying and be number 8 in a take off queue - yes it sounds nuts, but even 12 months ago LGW was lucky to have 8 departures in a day, now they are up to 400 or so a day and we are not in peak season yet


There is no way European international airports such as LHR or LGW, or Asian airports for that matter, are going to be back at pre-pandemic levels in 2023, nor the list reflecting any form of 2019 ‘normality’ by next year. Most of Asia is still closed, LHR’s fifth biggest market is still shut, consumers and businesses are being battered by energy costs and the fall-out damage to the economy, again the US is more insulated than Europe.

The fact airlines who operate big hubs such as LH at FRA/MUC are not in any rush to reverse decisions regarding A380 withdrawals shows the sudden excitement of a shoot up in demand is relative to the pandemic, not in absolute level of numbers, and thus pax numbers through airports will be short of 2019 for a number of years to come, with the absolute pax numbers weighing heavily against airports such as LHR/FRA/CDG/SIN/HKG/DXB who are more reliant on international transfer pax.
 
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avier wrote:
Do they publish data by the month? Would be more interested to see the latest traffic data for the month of March '22, when many countries have opened up int'l travel with a strong domestic recovery in various markets. Exception would be largely for China.


Some do, LHR, in the link below, showing figures are still not at 2008/09 levels, and even a market that is 'open', such as North America, is still 40% down on pre-pandemic levels.

https://www.heathrow.com/company/investor-centre/reports/traffic-statistics
 
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I feel like the more significant indicator of airport importance on the global scale is combined passenger km's, giving international gateways the recognition that they deserve as opposed to these domestic hubs that really don't have an international impact
 
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Ellofiend wrote:
I feel like the more significant indicator of airport importance on the global scale is combined passenger km's, giving international gateways the recognition that they deserve as opposed to these domestic hubs that really don't have an international impact


Hey, if you can point to a public source that has those data, great.
 
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There were big lock downs in Asia & Europe in 2021, a special year.

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https://unitingaviation.com/news/econom ... c-in-2021/

The US was more ambitious in keeping flights open and re-eopening them.
And paid the price, but that's another topic. https://ourworldindata.org/covid-deaths
 
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Manderson12 wrote:
Yes, but LAX slipped even more

No surprise, seeing as is has such a massive international component. Same for JFK and SFO.

Of the USA's big-4 directional gateways (NE, SE, NW, SW), Miami was spared the most. I'm guessing the domestic traffic from AA's buildup, plus B6 and F9 entering, helped.


I assume the large amount of leisure travel to the Caribbean (and to a lesser extent in the case of MIA, Mexico) in 2021 helped immensely with that too. While in 2020 a lot of Americans spent their vacation at home (if they did any at all), 2021 saw a strong resurgence of international travel which due to ongoing limitations in the TATL market was channeled mostly toward the Caribbean, where countries had much laxer immigration rules if they had any at all.
 
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Jet-lagged wrote:
What a strange showing for the list!

Charlotte at #6.
Denver at #3. I believe that years ago Denver peaked at #4 in terms of take-offs and landings, but lower in terms of passengers. Here they are at #3 for passengers. Ahead of O'Hare.
No Beijing, no Haneda, no Heathrow.


Not really when you consider the list is essentially worthless as any real metric for 2021 - considering Europe and the rest of the world was effectively closed compared to the number of US domestic flights which continued to operate.
 
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Is there anywhere with lists of movements? Busiest airports by movements? I wonder if the list would look a little different, where major cargo airports like ANC would fall, and given the rise in GA of any GA airports would be highly ranked
 
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and to a lesser extent in the case of MIA, Mexico

In the event you're assuming MIA is low on Mexican traffic, you might be shocked.

While it doesn't have anywhere near the destination count as say, IAH; for much of the 2000s and even into the 2010s, it was a larger Mexican gateway due to gauge size. Same for MIA vs. DFW in terms of Mexican throughput back then.

I don't have the numbers for the '20s, so no idea if that's still the case now, but wouldn't be shocked if MIA is far more competitive than you think in (especially east-coast) Mexican service.
 
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I know as far as enroute airspace the busiest in the U.S. is by far the southeast. Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Miami centers are moving a LOT of aircraft. The amount of aircraft coming to and from FL is astonishing these days.
 
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Is there anywhere with lists of movements? Busiest airports by movements? I wonder if the list would look a little different, where major cargo airports like ANC would fall, and given the rise in GA of any GA airports would be highly ranked

Scroll down, its from 2021 though

https://aci.aero/2022/04/11/the-top-10- ... -revealed/

Expect DFW to move up to #2 or take #1 this year. a first for DFW if it happens.
 
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keesje wrote:
There were big lock downs in Asia & Europe in 2021, a special year.

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https://unitingaviation.com/news/econom ... c-in-2021/

The US was more ambitious in keeping flights open and re-eopening them.
And paid the price, but that's another topic. https://ourworldindata.org/covid-deaths


What price? A year that you will never get back and a year for the rest of us lived normal lives? You think you will get that year back? And no, travel has no correlation with Covid deaths. I can name you many countries in total lockdown with far higher deaths, on a relative basis. If the US had a higher death rate in 2021, it is due to lower vaccination rates NOT people traveling to Miami Beach.

Having said that I am pretty sure the main airports in Europe will enter the top 10 for 2022. China is more questionable given their CURRENT lockdowns.
 
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lugie wrote:
and to a lesser extent in the case of MIA, Mexico

In the event you're assuming MIA is low on Mexican traffic, you might be shocked.

While it doesn't have anywhere near the destination count as say, IAH; for much of the 2000s and even into the 2010s, it was a larger Mexican gateway due to gauge size. Same for MIA vs. DFW in terms of Mexican throughput back then.

I don't have the numbers for the '20s, so no idea if that's still the case now, but wouldn't be shocked if MIA is far more competitive than you think in (especially east-coast) Mexican service.


That is interesting, thank you for that clarification.

I thought that most of AA's East Coast-originating traffic to Mexico would be routed through DFW given the closer proximity to many Mexican markets and the larger local population with VFR ties to Mexico in Texas compared to Florida but I guess it makes sense given MIA's sheer size and significance as a gateway to Latin America.

In that case it would fit the point I was making even more, since Mexico was an extremely popular tourist destination for Americans last year (Cancun, Tulum, etc. in particular).
 
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Jet-lagged wrote:
What a strange showing for the list!

Charlotte at #6.
Denver at #3. I believe that years ago Denver peaked at #4 in terms of take-offs and landings, but lower in terms of passengers. Here they are at #3 for passengers. Ahead of O'Hare.
No Beijing, no Haneda, no Heathrow.


Don't forget Beijing has 2 airports now
 
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william wrote:
BENAir01 wrote:
Is there anywhere with lists of movements? Busiest airports by movements? I wonder if the list would look a little different, where major cargo airports like ANC would fall, and given the rise in GA of any GA airports would be highly ranked

Scroll down, its from 2021 though

https://aci.aero/2022/04/11/the-top-10- ... -revealed/

Expect DFW to move up to #2 or take #1 this year. a first for DFW if it happens.


If you check flightaware on the main page it shows busiest airport for movements for that day. ORD and ATL constantly are the top 2, I've never seen DFW listed on there. So it's possible DFW moves up to #2 but ORD and ATL seem to be the favorites for the top 2 spots again.
 
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I feel like the more significant indicator of airport importance on the global scale is combined passenger km's, giving international gateways the recognition that they deserve as opposed to these domestic hubs that really don't have an international impact

Why?

I mean, if we're to logically define "indicator of airport importance," it'd be which airports earn the incumbent carriers the most amount of money relative to their network.... and for the likes of the US3 and the big Euro airports, it's always going to be the big domestic hubs.



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Expect DFW to move up to #2 or take #1 this year. a first for DFW if it happens.

If you check flightaware on the main page it shows busiest airport for movements for that day. ORD and ATL constantly are the top 2, I've never seen DFW listed on there. So it's possible DFW moves up to #2 but ORD and ATL seem to be the favorites for the top 2 spots again.

:checkmark: DFW has never been able to exceed their 2005 high in terms of movements, both in total (711K) and relative. No way they exceed both ATL and ORD, as both continue to recover. May hold LAX off for a while though.
 
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What are the rankings for O and D? I've read on Anet that DEN is #1, which is still hard to believe.
 
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Wed Apr 13, 2022 3:19 am

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What are the rankings for O and D? I've read on Anet that DEN is #1, which is still hard to believe.


LAX is the world’s busiest O&D airport, or at least was so before COVID.
 
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Wed Apr 13, 2022 3:42 am

william wrote:
BENAir01 wrote:
Is there anywhere with lists of movements? Busiest airports by movements? I wonder if the list would look a little different, where major cargo airports like ANC would fall, and given the rise in GA of any GA airports would be highly ranked

Scroll down, its from 2021 though

https://aci.aero/2022/04/11/the-top-10- ... -revealed/

Expect DFW to move up to #2 or take #1 this year. a first for DFW if it happens.


If you look at the numbers, DFW is near its pre-pandemic peak, and probably won’t be climbing much higher. ORD and ATL are still on the rise. I highly doubt DFW will be claiming 1 or 2 for 2022, unless there’s some major changes coming to ATL/ORD. For most of the last half of 2021, I believe ORD claimed number 1 in monthly movements.
 
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Wed Apr 13, 2022 3:51 am

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DenverTed wrote:
What are the rankings for O and D? I've read on Anet that DEN is #1, which is still hard to believe.


LAX is the world’s busiest O&D airport, or at least was so before COVID.

Yes, LAX was #1, DEN was #7, which makes more sense based on metro population.
https://i.imgur.com/EvcsAI8.png
 
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Wed Apr 13, 2022 4:42 am

DenverTed wrote:
B747forever wrote:
DenverTed wrote:
What are the rankings for O and D? I've read on Anet that DEN is #1, which is still hard to believe.


LAX is the world’s busiest O&D airport, or at least was so before COVID.

Yes, LAX was #1, DEN was #7, which makes more sense based on metro population.
https://i.imgur.com/EvcsAI8.png



DEN is #1 and LAX #2 according to 12 months data ending March 2021. This likely reflects change in travel patterns to outdoor destinations during COVID.

https://www.orlandoairports.net/site/up ... anking.pdf
 
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Wed Apr 13, 2022 12:27 pm

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This likely reflects change in travel patterns to outdoor destinations during COVID.

More like LAX isn't receiving its typical massive influx of international traffic, which not only functions as traditional O&D, but very often "double counts"... because that traffic will fly, for example, LHR/ICN/HND/PVG/PEK - LAX, stay in SoCal for a while, then fly LAX - LAS/PHX/HNL/OGG/etc as a standalone.

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