Tracking the World’s Busiest Airports

Summer is about to arrive and people are still looking for a good (and reasonably affordable) vacation. Most of the time, getaways include a long drive in a car or a lengthy plane ride. Unfortunately it would take you days to get from one coast to another never mind to get out of the US territory. So booking a flight seems like the fastest way to get to your chosen destination.

Men, women, young and old alike are thankful for the Wright Brothers’ magnificent invention. And after a century since an aircraft has been manufactured, airports have generally improved as well to provide comfort and convenience for all travelers. Whether you are stuck in the airport due to a delayed (or worse, a canceled flight!), the airport serves as a temporary home and office for every passenger. Which is really good for forex traders.

And since traveling really is a must for leisure or business, it would be nice to know which airport is the busiest all through out the year. At least you know what to expect when you get there.   

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, GA

Ranked as the busiest airport in the world, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport or simply ATL is not only the busiest, but also one of the largest airports in the world. It serves more than 85 million passengers in a year. There are five domestic concourses T, A, B, C, D and one concourse for international flights, E. ATL is also the main hub of Delta Airlines. So if your flight will be departing from this airport, expect a large crowd of irate passengers and super tight security.

O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL

Originally called as Orchard Place, it was renamed in 1949 to honor Lieutenant Commander Edward H. “Butch” O’Hare, a Chicagoan killed during the war. ORD has over 5 terminals and is the major hub for United Airlines. It became the busiest airport in 2005 and is constantly hailed as the Best Airport in North America. Last year, ORD served 69,353,654 passengers.

London Heathrow Airport, London, England

The Heathrow airport is the largest and the busiest airport in UK. It began its operation in 1946 and has greatly improved through time having recently opened its 5th terminal in March 2008. Today, LHR is used by over 90 domestic and international airlines and is the primary hub of British Airways, BMI and Virgin Atlantic.

Tokyo International Airport, Tokyo, Japan

Commonly known as the Haneda Airport, it was originally the primary airport in Tokyo but is now sharing that status with Narita airport. This is the busiest airport in Asia servicing flights to and from Seoul, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Last year, it handled 66,823,414 passengers. Currently, HND is under going expansion that aims to service over 90 million passengers.

Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, CA

Ranked as the fifth busiest airport in the world, LAX has over 9 terminals and is located 16 miles from downtown LA. It is the major hub of Alaska and United Airlines American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, and an international gateway for Delta Air Lines. Flights from this airport go in to Latin America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

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