Atlanta Airport has been re-named the busiest airport in the world in 2021

(CNN) – Go upstairs, Guangzhou. Georgia’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is once again the busiest airport in the world.

In 2020, the U.S. airport was pushed from its No. 1 perch to No. 2 in passenger numbers by Guangzhou Byun International Airport in China, breaking the 22-year continuation of Atlanta Airport.

But the Trade Association Airports Council International released on Monday the rankings for 2021, with ATL once again topping the list, signaling a recovery from the rapid decline in aviation by 2020 as it was gripped by the epidemic.

In 2021, Atlanta Airport saw 75.7 million passengers. That number is 76% higher than by 2020, but almost 32% lower than the pre-epidemic figures for 2019.

Guangzhou Airport dropped to 8th place in 2021 with 40.3 million passengers. Chengdu’s Shuangliu International Airport, another airport in China, is ranked 3rd in 2020 and ninth on the 2021 list.

U.S. airports dominate passenger traffic rankings in 2021, eight of the top 10 in the United States.

Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport in Texas was the second busiest in 2021 with 62.5 million passengers, followed by Denver International Airport in Colorado with 58.8 million passengers.

Chicago’s O’Hare and Los Angeles International took the top five spots.

ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said in a statement that the list shows a “re-encouraging trend”.

“While we are concerned that the recovery could face a number of headaches, the momentum created by the reopening of the countries’ plans will lead to an increase in travel in the second half of 2022,” de Oliveira said.

By 2021, there will be 4.5 billion passengers worldwide, according to the ACI. That figure represents an increase of almost 25% from 2020, but more than 50% from 2019.

Byun International Airport in Guangzhou, China will transform Atlanta International Airport into the world’s busiest airport by 2020. By 2021, Guangzhou’s airport number will be reduced to 8.

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The United States and China are relocating

Due to the rapid recovery of domestic travel compared to international travel, the airports that were at the bottom of the list of the busiest airports in the pre-epidemic world have advanced to the top 10 places.

Airports in Charlotte, North Carolina (No. 6); Orlando, Florida (No. 7); And Las Vegas (No. 10) are new to the top 10 this year. Holiday magnets for passenger traffic before the epidemic in 2019 Orlando and Las Vegas no. 31 and no. Were 30.

The strong view of the United States in the top 10 has been reversed since 2020, with airports in China occupying seven of the top 10 spots.

China’s dominance in 2020 was due to the early recovery of domestic travel in China. The country is not yet open for international visitors.

“If we look back at 2020, China was one of the first to emerge from the early waves of the epidemic, and by the end of 2020 it had reached almost full recovery,” said Patrick Lucas, ACI’s Vice President for World Economy.

But by 2021, domestic traffic in China was significantly reduced with the updated locks, while the United States saw a major improvement.

The United States has the world’s largest domestic travel market, followed by China.

Airports that regularly land in the top 10 on the list of the busiest airports in the world, such as Dubai International, London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle, are not affected by epidemics.

“Markets with the highest rates of international transport have certainly been affected as a result of all these restrictions and isolated requirements,” Lucas said.

The significant role of international transport is one of the reasons why Beijing’s capital and Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport have dropped out of the top 10. Beijing Capital – Regular number in passenger traffic. 2 – Splitting its traffic as well. The city’s new Toxing International Airport.

Dubai International Airport, which sees a huge rate of international traffic, exited the top 10 busiest airports in 2021.  However, by 2021 it was number 1 among international travelers.

Dubai International Airport, which sees a huge rate of international traffic, exited the top 10 busiest airports in 2021. However, by 2021 it was number 1 among international travelers.

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Withdrawal of controls

Following the Covit-19 data, the ACI recommends a “risk-based approach” to easing travel restrictions, Lucas said.

“Vaccines were actually a passport to travel, but as we see now, many key markets are opening up and … a lot of countries are realizing that blocking travel or imposing travel restrictions really does nothing,” he said. Said.

“If anything, it creates even more harm. So it disrupts the socio-economic benefits of aviation and tourism and much more.”

At present, ACI expects total passenger traffic numbers to return to pre-epidemic levels by 2024.

However, strong domestic markets, including the United States, are expected to recover by 2023. Lucas also said that markets with high rates of international transport are not expected to rebound until 2025.

Globally, “different forces move in opposite directions.”

Lucas said the removal of restrictions on travel, which has reduced travel costs and geopolitical concerns related to what is happening in Eastern Europe, is a very strong need and deregulation.

But overall, the ACI is exciting. “Despite the rising cost of travel, we have the impression that consumers, travelers, will bite the bullet.”

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport accounts for 80% of the U.S. population, a two-hour flight.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport accounts for 80% of the U.S. population, a two-hour flight.

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Top 10 busiest airports in the world for passenger traffic in 2021

1. Atlanta (ATL): 75.7 million passengers, an increase of 76% from 2020

2. Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW): 62.5 million passengers, an increase of 59% from 2020

3. Denver (DEN): 58.8 million passengers, an increase of 74% from 2020

4. Chicago O’Hare (ORD): 54 million passengers, an increase of 75% from 2020

5. Los Angeles (LAX): 48 million passengers, an increase of 67% from 2020

6. Charlotte (CLT): 43.3 million passengers, an increase of 59% from 2020

7. Orlando (MCO): 40.4 million passengers, an increase of 87% from 2020

8. Guangzhou (CAN): 40.3 million passengers, down 8% from 2020

9. Chengdu (CTU): 40.1 million passengers, a 1.5% decrease from 2020

10. Las Vegas (LAS): 39.8 million passengers, an increase of 79% from 2020

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