Atlanta’s airport remains the world’s busiest; LAX moves up to No. 5

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was the world's busiest airport for passenger traffic in 2014, a report says.
(David Goldman / Associated Press)

If you want to know where everyone’s going -- or just changing planes -- Airports Council International says Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport remains the world’s busiest for passenger traffic, according to a report released Thursday, but LAX is gaining on it.

It was also No. 1 in 2013. Last year more than 96 million passengers traveled through the airport, which goes by the call letters ATL.

Los Angeles International Airport jumped up one ranking to the No. 5 spot for passenger traffic with more than 70 million passengers.

The Montreal-based airports council also says passenger traffic increased 5.1% last year from 2013 to more than 6.6 billion fliers.


In terms of airports worldwide, China’s Beijing Capital International Airport came in as the second busiest, followed by London’s Heathrow and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport.

Dubai International Airport took the No. 6 spot as Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport dropped to No. 7.

Dubai took the top spot for international passenger traffic in 2014, the report says. Heathrow, Hong Kong International Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and Schiphol Amsterdam Airport came in second through fifth.

The Airports Council says it gathered data from 1,850 airports in 173 countries, and that a final report will be published this summer.

Info: Airports Council International