The following list is based on figures from Airports Council International (ACI) and displays the top 20 airports in order of total aircraft movements in 2019. Figures are calculated by totalling all aircraft landings and take-offs at each airport throughout the course of the year.
1. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Located on the Northwest Side of Chicago, Illinois, O’Hare International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world and one of the most significant transportation hubs in the U.S.
Total aircraft movements: 919,704
Compared to 2018: 1.8 per cent decrease
2. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
Acting as the primary international airport serving Atlanta, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world by passenger number and second busiest by aircraft movements.
Total aircraft movements: 904,301
Compared to 2018: 1.0 per cent decrease
3. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Located across two counties due to its size, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the largest hub for American Airlines and tenth busiest airport by passenger number.
Total aircraft movements: 720,007
Compared to 2018: 7.9 per cent increase
4. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Located along the West Coast of the U.S., Los Angeles International Airport is a gateway to multiple international destinations, particularly Asia and the Pacific.
Total aircraft movements: 691,257
Compared to 2018: 2.3 per cent decrease
5. Denver International Airport (DEN)
Generating over $26 billion for the region of Colorado each year, Denver International Airport is the fifth-busiest airport in the U.S., the world’s largest aviation market.
Total aircraft movements: 631,955
Compared to 2018: 6.1 per cent increase
6. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
Built to resemble a dragon, Beijing Capital International Airport is the primary international airport serving Beijing and is home to the second largest passenger terminal in the world.
Total aircraft movements: 594,329
Compared to 2018: 3.2 per cent decrease
7. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a civil-military airport located in North Carolina and is financially operated on a fully self-sustaining basis.
Total aircraft movements: 578,263
Compared to 2018: 5.1 per cent increase
8. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Located in Paradise, Nevada, McCarran International Airport is the main airport for public and military use in the Las Vegas Valley.
Total aircraft movements: 552,962
Compared to 2018: 2.4 per cent increase
9. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
Acting as the main international airport for the Netherlands, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is Europe’s best-connected cargo handling airport, with the most direct air destinations.
Total aircraft movements: 515,811
Compared to 2018: 0.4 per cent decrease
10. Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
Located in the fifth largest city in Germany and operated by Fraport, Frankfurt Airport acts as a hub for multiple German and European cargo companies.
Total aircraft movements: 513,912
Compared to 2018: 0.4 per cent increase
11. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)
One of two international airports in the region, Shanghai Pudong International Airport is a major hub in the Chinese aviation industry, serving predominantly international flights.
Total aircraft movements: 511,846
Compared to 2018: 1.4 per cent increase
12. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)
The primary airport serving Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province in China, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is China’s largest transportation hub.
Total aircraft movements: 491,249
Compared to 2018: 2.9 per cent increase
13. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Named after a former French president, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest international airport in France and also referred to as Roissy Airport.
Total aircraft movements: 482,676
Compared to 2018: 1.1 per cent decrease
14. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Part of the three-airport Houston Airport System, George Bush Intercontinental Airport serves as the premier long-haul international airport facility within the region.
Total aircraft movements: 478,070
Compared to 2018: 2.4 per cent increase
15. London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
One of six airports located in London, the largest aviation hub in the world, London Heathrow Airport is the UK’s largest airport – welcoming over 80 million passengers in 2019.
Total aircraft movements: 478,002
Compared to 2018: 0.1 per cent increase
16. Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
Indira Gandhi International Airport serves as the major international aviation hub of the capital city of New Delhi, as well as India as a whole.
Total aircraft movements: 466,452
Compared to 2018: 0.3 per cent decrease
17. Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Mexico City International Airport, officially known as Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez, is the busiest airport in Mexico and Latin America by passenger number and aircraft movements.
Total aircraft movements: 459,987
Compared to 2018: 0.3 per cent increase
18. San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
San Francisco International Airport is an enterprise department of the City and County of San Francisco and acts as a major U.S. gateway to Europe and Asia.
Total aircraft movements: 458,496
Compared to 2018: 2.5 per cent decrease
19. Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND)
One of two primary airports serving the Greater Tokyo Area, Haneda Airport handles significantly more domestic flights, compared to international flights.
Total aircraft movements: 458,368
Compared to 2018: 1.1 per cent increase
20. Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (DVT)
Phoenix Deer Valley Airport is a public airport in Maricopa County, Arizona. It is owned by the City of Phoenix and acts as a reliever airport for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).
Total aircraft movements: 456,790
Compared to 2018: 10.0 per cent increase