In 2020, things changed quite a bit and many people did not have vacations or had holidays only in their hometown. Nowadays European airlines have started work again. As vaccines are starting to be distributed, and travel bans are slowly being lifted, we are witnessing an increasing optimism in the industry.
Vacation season will start soon, and many people want to visit their relatives in other countries or celebrate New Year in some exotic place. Massive lines of travelers will crow into various airports globally. Not only do major hub airports have experience with crowding problems, but and smaller airports have lines of people, even out–of–the–way airports are experiencing overcrowding problems. However, which is the busiest airport in the world?
According to a report from the Airports Council International, the busiest airport in the world in 2019 was Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In 2020 situation changed, air traffic around the world fell by nearly 65%, according to ACI figures. Passenger traffic at the 10 busiest airports in 2020 dropped by nearly 24%. Atlanta and two other airports in the United States made into the top 10. No European airports were in the top 10 in 2019. Dubai and Tokyo also dropped off the list in 2020. In 2020 was popular domestic flies, many travelers traveled within China.
2020's busiest airports for passenger traffic 1. Guangzhou (CAN) -- 43.8 million passengers in 2020; traffic dropped 40% from 2019
Atlanta (ATL) -- 42.9 million passengers in 2020; traffic dropped 61% from 2019
Chengdu (CTU) -- 40.7 million passengers in 2020; traffic dropped 27% from 2019
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) -- 39.4 million passengers in 2020; traffic dropped 48% from 2019
Shenzhen (SZX) -- 37.9 million passengers in 2020; traffic dropped 28% from 2019
Beijing (PEK) -- 34.5 million passengers in 2020; traffic dropped 66% from 2019
Denver (DEN) -- 33.7 million passengers in 2020; traffic dropped 51% from 2019
Kunming (KMG) -- 33 million passengers in 2020; traffic dropped 31% from 2019
Shanghai (SHA) -- 31.2 million passengers in 2020; traffic dropped 32% from 2019
Xi'an (XIY) -- 31.1 million passengers in 2020; traffic dropped 34% from 2019
Airports do everything to make people comfortable flying again. Nevertheless, crowded airports it is hard to avoid. During the Christmas holidays, it is important to think about the pros and cons such traveling. For aviation business, it is a necessity to think about how to do passengers' holidays safe and less frustrating. A queue management system can help to avoid crowds and to do tourist flies after pandemic more comfortable.