According to the Airports Council International (ACI) World’s recently published report, Istanbul Airport was ranked as one of the busiest airports in the world last year in 2022 and the busiest airport in Europe.
The U.S.-based Atlanta Airport took the top spot in the ranking of the top 10 busiest airports in the world, while Dallas Fort Worth and Denver Airports from the U.S. ranked in second and third respectively.
How Istanbul Airport compares to the world
Istanbul Airport was ranked as the seventh busiest airport in the world last year, with a total number of passengers for 2022 sitting at a huge 64.29 million, which was up by a total of 73.8% on a yearly basis. Compared to 2021, when the airport was ranked in 14th place, and 2020 when it came in at 28th place, Istanbul Airport has been rising in popularity across the years as it becomes a new go-to hub for air travel, according to the data from the report.
Pre-pandemic travel rises and falls
Even when compared to the pre-pandemic figures of 2019, the number of passengers that the airport of Istanbul had served was up by 23.2% in total. This is impressive because across the entire top 10 airports mentioned on the list, only Denver Airport (at 0.2% increase) and Istanbul Airport managed to see a rise in the number of passengers compared with data from the pre-pandemic travel era.
Other Airports making the top 10 list
The other airports on the list were as follows:
1st - U.S.' Atlanta Airport
2nd - U.S.' Dallas Fort Worth Airport
3rd - U.S.' Denver Airport
4th - U.S.' Chicago O'Hare Airport
5th - Dubai Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
6th - U.S.' Los Angeles Airport
7th - Turkey's Istanbul Airport
8th - U.K.'s London Heathrow Airport
9th - Indian Indira Gandhi Airport
10th - France's Charles-de-Gaulle Airport
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