Analysis: Top 30 Airports 2010

The Airports Council International recently released its provisional airport statistics for the year 2010. The 2010 statistics showed some revolutions, with some airports from emerging nations beating some of their more established counterparts. Let’s have a look at the statistics in detail!






2010 Rank 2009 Rank Aiport 2010 Total Pax % Change
1 1 Atlanta, ATL 89,331,622 1.5
2 3 Beijing, PEK 73,891,801 13.0
3 4 Chicago, ORD 66,665,390 3.3
4 2 London Heathrow, LHR 65,884,143 -0.2
5 5 Tokyo Haneda, HND 64,069,098 3.4
6 7 Los Angeles, LAX 58,915,100 4.2
7 6 Paris, CDG 58,167,062 0.4
8 8 Dalllas, DFW 56,905,066 1.6
9 9 Frankfurt, FRA 53,009,221 4.1
10 10 Denver, DEN 52,211,242 4.1
11 13 Hong Kong, HKG 50,410,819 10.6
12 11 Madrid, MAD 49,786,202 2.8
13 15 Dubai, DXB 47,180,628 15.4
14 12 New York, JFK 46,495,876 1.4
15 14 Amsterdam, AMS 45,211,749 3.8
16 22 Jakarta, CGK 43,981,022 18.4
17 16 Bangkok, BKK 42,784,967 5.6
18 21 Singapore, SIN 42,038,777 13.0
19 23 Guangzhou, CAN 40,975,253 10.6
20 - Shanghai, PVG 40,582,356 27.2
21 18 Houston, IAH 40,475,058 1.2
22 17 Las Vegas, LAS 39,397,359 -2.6
23 20 San Francisco, SFO 39,254,634 5.1
24 19 Phoenix, PHX 38,552,409 1.9
25 24 Charlotte, CLT 38,143,078 10.4
26 26 Rome, FCO 36,228,490 7.4
27 28 Sydney, SYD 35,992,164 7.6
28 25 Miami, MIA 35,698,025 5.3
29 27 Orlando, MCO 34,877,507 3.5
30 30 Munich, MUC 34,721,065 6.2



 As usual, Atlanta retained its top spot as the world’s number one airport by passenger traffic for 2010, with 89,331,622 passengers. However, making the first in a round of revolutions, Beijing pushed London Heathrow away to take the number two spot. The Beijing Capital airport recorded a 13% growth in passenger numbers to take a total of 73,891,801 passengers. Chicago too advanced by one place to take hold of the number three spot, pushing Heathrow further down to number four. London Heathrow, the only airport in the top ten to have a decline in traffic (0.2% YoY), was relegated from its number two position after a long time – however it should be noted that this is largely a reflection of the bad weather (volcanic ash crisis, unusually harsh winter) that prevailed the UK and does not necessarily show a trend of a traffic decline at Heathrow.
 Hong Kong reached the fifty million passengers mark to take hold of the eleventh spot, moving two places ahead.
 As The Networker reported in last December, Jakarta stole the South East Asia’s top spot bypassing both Singapore and Bangkok. Jakarta made a big leap from number 22 to number 16. Bangkok and Singapore ranked number 17 and 18 respectively.
 The quantum leap however was from Shanghai, which landed into the 2010 Top 30 directly at number 20. The Pu Dong international airport in China’s growing commercial centre, had recorded a 27.2% growth in traffic.
 In the cargo sector, Hong Kong finally surpassed Memphis to take the place of world’s top cargo airport, growing 23.2% YoY. Atlanta continued to retain its top spot as the world’s busiest airport, movements-wise.

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