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Guangzhou displaces Atlanta as busiest airport in 2020

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The Airports Council International (ACI) World has published its preliminary world airport traffic rankings – covering passenger traffic, cargo volumes, and aircraft movements for 2020 – showing the dramatic impact of COVID-19 on what are ordinarily the world’s busiest airports.

According to the preliminary data published this week, Guangzhou Bai Yun International Airport in China recorded the most passenger traffic in 2020, with Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the United States just behind.

 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 20: Travelers walk through terminal A at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on April 20, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The airline industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the cancellation and consolidation of flights across the globe. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Seven of the top 10 airports for passenger traffic are in China with three in the United States

 

 

PASSENGERS*
2020 2019 AIRPORT 2020 2019 Percent change
1 11 GUANGZHOU, CN (CAN) 43 767 558 73 394 810 -40.4
2 1 ATLANTA GA, US (ATL) 42 918 685 110 531 300 -61.2
3 24 CHENGDU, CN (CTU) 40 741 509 55 858 552 -27.1
4 10 DALLAS/FORT WORTH TX, US (DFW) 39 364 990 75 066 956 -47.6
5 26 SHENZHEN, CN (SZX) 37 916 054 52 931 925 -28.4
6 2 BEIJING, CN (PEK) 34 513 827 100 013 642 -65.5
7 16 DENVER CO, US (DEN) 33 741 129 69 015 703 -51.1
8 37 KUNMING, CN (KMG) 32 990 805 48 076 238 -31.4
9 46 SHANGHAI, CN (SHA) 31 165 641 45 637 882 -31.7
10 40 XI’AN, CN (XIY) 31 073 924 47 220 745 -34.2

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