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World's Busiest Airports, As Listed By The Airports Council International (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 03/16/2011 1:00 pm   Updated: 10/11/2012 7:55 am

The Airports Council International, which governs roughly 1,650 airports worldwide, released a preliminary list of the world's busiest airports (numbers 1 through 30) on Tuesday, and there were some surprises. Beijing came in #2 behind Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport; Chicago's O'Hare airport overtook London's Heathrow for the third spot.

The ACI reports that world passenger travel rose 6.3% to roughly 4.7 billion passengers in 2010, despite a volcanic ash cloud which virtually shut down air travel in Europe for weeks last spring and an incredible number of winter storms which halted travel around the globe.

Heathrow and Las Vegas's McCarren were the only two of the world's biggest airports that saw a decrease in traffic in 2010.

The United States boasts 13 of the top 30 airports in the world, more than any other country.

The slideshow below chronicles the staggering number of passengers that airport churn through each year. Check out the stats below.

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  • #1 Atlanta: 89,331,622 passengers

    <em>(Barry Williams/Getty Images)</em>

  • #2 Beijing: 73,891,801 passengers

    <em>(PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)</em>

  • #3 Chicago: 66,665,390 passengers

    <em>(KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)</em>

  • #4 London Heathrow: 65,884,143 passengers

    <em>(Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)</em>

  • #5 Tokyo Narita: 64,069,098 passengers

  • # 6 Los Angeles: 58,915,100 passengers

  • #7 Paris Charles de Gaulle: 58,167,062 passengers

    <em>(PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)</em>

  • #8 Dallas Fort Worth: 56,905,066 passengers

    <em>(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)</em>

  • #9 Frankfurt: 53,009,221 passengers

    <em>(THOMAS LOHNES/AFP/Getty Images)</em>

  • #10 Denver: 52,211,242 passengers

    (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


Filed by Kate Auletta  |