Top 10 Busiest Airports in the World 2022

According to a report published by OAG, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport surpassed other airports around the world in terms of traffic in October, moving it up the list from before the outbreak.

OAG, an aviation analytics firm, stated in its study that Delhi Airport has improved from its previous ranking of 14th in October 2019, prior to the pandemic.

The OAG rankings are based on a comparison of this month’s scheduled airline capacity to the same month in 2019, prior to the epidemic. As a result, the top ten busiest airports in the world are ranked based on their combined domestic and international capacity.

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In October 2022, Atlanta remains the world’s busiest airport with 4.7 million seats, a 3% increase compared to last month. Looking at historical flight data, in October 2019 Atlanta became the busiest airport in the world – moving above Beijing.

Dubai and Tokyo Haneda airports remain in the same positions as last month in 2nd and 3rd place, both have increased seat month on month by 5%.

Istanbul airport was the 4th busiest airport last month but has moved down to 8th place this month with a 6% decrease in seats and is the only airport in the top 10 to have a drop in seats.

When compared to October 2019, 6 of the Top 10 this month were also among the world’s Top 10 busiest airports then; airports which have seen their rankings rise, bringing them into the Top 10 now, are Dallas/Fort Worth (from 12th to 4th), Denver (from 20th to 5th), Istanbul (from 13th to 8th), and Delhi (from 14th to 10th).

Busiest Global Airport in the World – October 2022

Calculated using total frequency (domestic and international)

2022 RankingAirport CodeAirport NameSeats2019 Ranking
1ATLAtlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport47,47,3671
2DXBDubai International41,27,7043
3HNDTokyo International (Haneda)38,77,1644
4DFWDallas Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport37,53,85812
5DENDenver International Airport37,09,39420
6LHRLondon Heathrow Airport36,76,0676
7ORDChicago O’Hare International Airport36,18,4335
8ISTIstanbul Airport34,70,69613
9LAXLos Angeles International Airport34,13,8557
10DELDelhi International Airport33,80,20514

Top 10 Busiest International Airport in the World – October 2022

  • In October 2022, the top 10 busiest International Airports remain the same as in September 2022 apart from Frankfurt moving above Istanbul to 5th place.
  • Dubai retains its position as the world’s busiest international airport with an international capacity 5% higher than last month.
  • London Heathrow is ranked 2nd, as it was last month, with capacity 2% higher than last month.
  • Amsterdam and Paris Charles de Gaulle remain in 4th and 5th places with slight capacity decreases compared to September 2022, -3% and -1% respectively.
  • Out of the Top 10 Busiest International Airports in October 2022, 7 were in the Top 10 in October 2019 as well; the airports which have seen their rankings rise, bringing them into the Top 10 now, are Doha (from 13th to 8th), London Gatwick (from 16th to 9th) and Madrid (from 14th to 10th).

Calculated using international frequency only

2022 RankingAirport CodeAirport NameSeats2019 Ranking
1DXBDubai International4,127,7041
2LHRLondon Heathrow Airport3,474,5282
3AMSAmsterdam Airport3,066,6083
4CDGParis Charles de Gaulle Apt2,894,0165
5FRAFrankfurt International Apt2,734,3237
6ISTIstanbul Airport2,681,0919
7SINSingapore Changi Airport2,254,6706
8DOHDoha Qatar Airport1,974,18013
9LGWLondon Gatwick Apt1,966,95116
10MADMadrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas Apt1,956,24314

Busiest European Airport in the World – October 2022

  • London Heathrow has moved up to be the Busiest European Airport in October 2022 with 3.7 million seats, a 3% increase in capacity compared to last month.
  • Istanbul Airport has moved a place down to 2nd this month due to the 6% decrease in capacity.
  • Places 3 to 9 remain unchanged; Rome Fiumicino Airport has moved back up into the top 10 in 10th place for October 2022 with Palma dropping out.
  • All of the top 10 Busiest European Airports in October 2022 were in the Top 10 in October 2019 as well.

Calculated using total frequency (domestic and international)

2022 RankingAirport CodeAirport NameSeats2019 Ranking
1LHRLondon Heathrow Airport3,676,0671
2ISTIstanbul Airport3,470,6964
3CDGParis Charles de Gaulle Apt3,196,6823
4AMSAmsterdam Airport3,067,1085
5FRAFrankfurt International Apt3,053,9642
6MADMadrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas Apt2,794,4896
7BCNBarcelona Apt (ES)2,440,6738
8LGWLondon Gatwick Apt2,131,92510
9MUCMunich International Airport2,078,4687
10FCORome Fiumicino Apt1,946,1719

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