12 of top 30 airports in 2018 located in either China or India: ACI's World Airport Traffic Report
September 18, 2019: Trade association of the world’s airports, Airports Council International (ACI) World’s latest World Airport Traffic Report has revealed that most of the world’s fastest-growing airports are located in emerging markets, a significant proportion of them being in the Asia-Pacific region.
September 18, 2019: Trade association of the world’s airports, Airports Council International's (ACI) latest World Airport Traffic Report has revealed that most of the world’s fastest-growing airports are located in emerging markets, a significant proportion of them being in the Asia-Pacific region. As many as 12 of the fastest-growing top 30 airports in 2018 are located in either China or India.
India's Bangalore airport was the fastest growing airport in 2018 for more than 15 million passengers. Bangalore airport carried 32, 331,783 (29.1 percent) passengers, while Hyderabad airport took the third spot carrying 20, 903, 930 (21.9 percent) passengers. The 2nd, 4th and 5th positions were taken by Antalya airport in Turkey, Vnukovo airport in Russia and Jinan airport in China, respectively.
|fastest-growing airports (more than 15 million passengers)|
|1||Bangalore Airport, India||32,331,783||29.1|
|2||Antalya Airport, Turkey||31,953,777||22.1|
|3||Hyderabad Airport, India||20,903,930||21.9|
|4||Vnukovo Airport, Russian Federation||21,478,486||18.4|
|5||Jinan Airport, China||16,661,795||16.0|
“India’s move towards a more liberalised aviation market and the nation’s strengthening economic fundamentals have helped it become one of the fastest-growing markets with its traffic growing rapidly in a relatively short time,” Angela Gittens, director general, ACI World said.
In the full list of top airports for passenger traffic, cargo and aircraft movements, New Delhi airport moved up four positions from rank 16 in 2017 to rank 12 in 2018, carrying 69,900,938 passengers (a change of 10.2%). However, no Indian airport made an appearance in the full list of airports for cargo movements.
|Rank 2018||Rank 2017|
Airport City / Country / Code
|(Enplaning and deplaning)||% Change|
|1||1||Atlanta GA, US (ATL)||107,394,029||3.3|
|2||2||Beijing, CN (PEK)||100,983,290||5.4|
|3||3||Dubai, AE (DXB)||89,149,387||1.0|
|4||4||Los Angeles CA, US (LAX)||87,534,384||3.5|
|5||5||Tokyo, JP (HND)||86,942,794||4.4|
|6||6||Chicago IL, US (ORD)||83,245,472||4.3|
|7||7||London, GB (LHR)||80,126 320||2.7|
|8||8||Hong Kong, HK (HKG)||74,515,927||2.6|
|9||9||Shanghai, CN (PVG)||74,006,331||5.7|
|10||10||Paris, FR (CDG)||72,229,723||4.0|
|11||11||Amsterdam, NL (AMS)||71,053,147||3.7|
|12||16||New Delhi, IN (DEL)||69,900,938||10.2|
|13||13||Guangzhou, CN (CAN)||69,743,211||5.9|
|14||14||Frankfurt, DE (FRA)||69,510,269||7.8|
|15||12||Dallas/Fort Worth TX, US (DFW)||69,112,607||3.0|
|16||15||Istanbul, TR (ISL)||68,360,648||6.6|
|17||19||Incheon, KR (ICN)||68,350,784||10.0|
|18||17||Jakarta, ID (CGK)||65,667,506||4.2|
|19||18||Singapore, SG (SIN)||65,628,000||5.5|
|20||20||Denver CO, US (DEN)||64,494,613||5.1|
The world’s top three airports for passenger traffic volume – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport, and Dubai International Airport respectively – have held their positions while Los Angeles International Airport (fourth) and Tokyo International Airport (fifth) have swapped places in the top five from last year.
For the total cargo volumes, the top five airports – Hong Kong International Airport, Memphis International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Incheon International Airport, and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport respectively – all held their positions from the previous year.
The World Airport Traffic Report found that, in total, the world’s airports accommodated 8.8 billion passengers, 122.7 million metric tonnes of cargo, and 99.9 million aircraft movements.