Top 10 Busiest Airports in the World 2022
3 min readNov 1, 2022
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 Ranking1ATLAtlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport47,47,36712DXBDubai International41,27,70433HNDTokyo International (Haneda)38,77,16444DFWDallas Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport37,53,858125DENDenver International Airport37,09,394206LHRLondon Heathrow Airport36,76,06767ORDChicago O’Hare International Airport36,18,43358ISTIstanbul Airport34,70,696139LAXLos Angeles International Airport34,13,855710DELDelhi 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 Ranking1DXBDubai International4,127,70412LHRLondon Heathrow Airport3,474,52823AMSAmsterdam Airport3,066,60834CDGParis Charles de Gaulle Apt2,894,01655FRAFrankfurt International Apt2,734,32376ISTIstanbul Airport2,681,09197SINSingapore Changi Airport2,254,67068DOHDoha Qatar Airport1,974,180139LGWLondon Gatwick Apt1,966,9511610MADMadrid 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 Ranking1LHRLondon Heathrow Airport3,676,06712ISTIstanbul Airport3,470,69643CDGParis Charles de Gaulle Apt3,196,68234AMSAmsterdam Airport3,067,10855FRAFrankfurt International Apt3,053,96426MADMadrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas Apt2,794,48967BCNBarcelona Apt (ES)2,440,67388LGWLondon Gatwick Apt2,131,925109MUCMunich International Airport2,078,468710FCORome Fiumicino Apt1,946,1719



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