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Aviation: Dubai, London Heathrow Airport, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Singapore Changi Airport Are The World’s Busiest Airports By International Seat Availability

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Dubai International Airport (DXB), has emerged as the world busiest airport by international seat available, with over 56.5 million seats in 2023.

This is closely followed by London Heathrow Airport which offered over 46.5 million seats in 2023.

According to simpleflying.com, the list of the busiest airports is based on the number of international seats offered.

5, Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN)

At the bottom of our list is Singapore Changi Airport (SIN), the major airport in Singapore and one of the largest transportation hubs in Asia. Located 15 miles (24 kilometers) from downtown Singapore, the airport is served by over 100 airlines. Singapore Changi Airport has been named the world’s best airport by Skytrax numerous times, with a record of holding the title for eight consecutive years.

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The airport offered over 36 million seats in 2023. It is a whopping 66% increase from last year. While the airport has recovered mostly from the pandemic-related disruptions, the offered seats are still under 2019 levels. The airport recorded over 42.5 million seats in 2019, and was ranked fourth-busiest international airport that year.

4, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Number four on our list is Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), one of two major airports in France. Opened in 1974, the airport is 14 miles (23 kilometers) northeast of Paris. The airport serves as a hub for the national carrier, Air France. Over 57 million passengers passed through the airport in 2022, with nearly 255,500 aircraft movements.

The airport offered over 36.6 million seats in 2023. It is a considerable 15% increase from last year. The airport has significantly recovered from the pandemic-related disruptions. However, the seats offered are well under 2019 levels. The airport recorded over 41 million seats in 2019.

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3, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)
Number three on our list is Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), the main international airport in the Netherlands. Located just over five miles (9 kilometers) southwest of Amsterdam, the airport is a hub for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The airport also serves as the base for easyJet, one of Europe’s largest low-cost carriers.

The airport offered over 37 million seats in 2023. It is a considerable 12% increase from last year. The airport has shown a decent recovery from the pandemic-related disruptions; however, the seats offered are still under 2019 levels. The airport recorded just over 41 million seats in 2019, 10% more than current levels. With over a quarter million aircraft movements each year, the airport aims to overcome the pre-pandemic seat numbers in the coming years.

2, London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
Number two on our list is London Heathrow Airport (LHR), the primary airport serving the capital of the United Kingdom. The airport has been consistent with its global ranking, as evidenced by the 2022 and 2019 rankings. Serving as the primary hub for British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, the airport offers more international connections than any other airport worldwide.

The airport offered over 46.5 million seats in 2023. It is a significant 24% increase from last year. The airport has shown a strong recovery from the pandemic-related disruptions; however, the seats offered are slightly under 2019 levels. In 2019, the airport recorded just under 47 million seats. The airport can reach its highs of serving over 80 million passengers a year.

1, Dubai International Airport (DXB)
At the top of our list is Dubai International Airport (DXB), holding the record for the world’s busiest airport by international traffic for several consecutive years. Located less than three miles (4.5 kilometers) from Dubai City Center, the airport is home to Emirates and the world’s largest terminal, Terminal 3. Emirates handles over 50% of all passenger traffic at DXB, resulting in over 42% of all aircraft movements at the airport.

The airport offered over 56.5 million seats in 2023. It is a significant 25% increase from last year. The airport has not only shown a strong recovery from the pandemic-related disruptions but also recorded a 5% growth in seats. In 2019, the airport recorded just over 53.8 million seats.

Notably, DXB was ranked the busiest international airport in 2022 and in 2019, a significant feat for the Emirates’ hub. The airport can grow further while retaining its position among the busiest international airports.

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