Airport Activity Rebounded in Atlanta During 2021
Airports Council International (ACI) World recently published the top 10 busiest airports worldwide for 2021.
Eight of the top 10 airports for passenger traffic are located in the United States, with two in China.
According to the ACI, total global passengers in 2021 were estimated to be about 4.5 billion, representing an increase of almost 25% from 2020 or a 50% decrease from 2019.
Both the ACI data and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reporting on April 11, 2022, indicate encouraging signs of air travel recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The TSA data shows 2022 activity is about 90% of the air travel screening in 2019.
In the U.S., the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL, 75.7 million passengers, +76.4%) is back at the top of the 2021 rankings.
Followed by Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW, 62.5 million passengers, +58.7%) and Denver International Airport (DEN, 58.8 million passengers, +74.4%).
After reaching the top rank in 2020, Guangzhou Bai Yun International Airport (CAN, 40.3 million passengers, -8.0%) slid to the eighth position in 2021.
The most significant improvement recorded was from Orlando International Airport (MCO, 40.4 million passengers, +86.7%), which jumped from 27th position in 2020 to the seventh spot in 2021.
“The ACI World passenger traffic rankings tell the story of an encouraging trend of recovery, with most of the recurrent busiest airports pre-COVID-19 back at the top,” ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said in a related press release.
“Although we are cautious that recovery could face multiple headwinds, the momentum created by reopening plans by countries could lead to an uptick in travel in the second half of 2022.
“As such, ACI World continues to advocate governments to follow the data and ease travel restrictions to safely restore the movement of people, goods, and services.
The entire top ten listings are posted on this ACI webpage.
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