It surprised me what the world’s largest airport happened to be.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)!

Yeah, I am a Euro-centric snob with strong NE US tendencies. London Heathrow (LHR) is only 7th on the list! Amsterdam’s Schipol (AMS) is 11th right under Paris’s Charles De Gaulle (CDG) which is number 10. LAX (Los Angeles Airport) comes in at 4th above Chicago’s O’Hare (ORD) which is 6th!

New York’s JFK and Newark’s (EWR) aren’t even on the list!

Actually, it depends on whether you are using passengers or airplanes since O’Hare has more planes go through, making IT number one for that calculation. International Airport Review, who came up with the ranking, has this methodology:

Airport terminal passenger numbers are calculated by summing the totals of departing passengers, arriving passengers, transferring passengers and direct transit passengers. A passenger who transfers from one flight to another is counted twice by the airport in which they make their transfer. A direct transit passenger is someone whose stops temporarily at an airport and then departs again on a plane with the same flight number. These passengers are counted once.

With the exceptions for my guesses being Asian Airports (Tokyo’ Haneda (HND) and Beijing (PEK)), none of the ones I would have guessed had the most travel did. OK, except for O’Hare.

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