Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Taoyuan Airport one of world's top 10 busiest airports a year ago

Taoyuan Airport one of world's top 10 busiest airports a year ago

In terms of rate of growth it was followed by China's Guangzhou airport at 10.3 % and Indonesia's Jakarta airport at 8.3%.

Airports Council International (ACI) has released their latest ranking of world's busiest airports, and New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport has now reached the top 20 rankings. Delhi International airport has already made a master plan to expand the Terminal 1.

The India airport was the fastest-growing one on the list, with a 14.1% spike in traffic, totaling more than 63.4 million passengers moved a year ago, according to the trade group.

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Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson scored the top honors with over 103 million passengers last year, followed by Beijing and Dubai's airports, which had almost 184 million passengers combined that year, according to the trade council.

ACI's World Airport Traffic Forecasts predicts that the country will represent the third largest aviation market, in terms of passenger throughput, after the United States and China by 2020, it added.

Across the globe, airports had 6.6 percent more passengers last year than in the previous year.

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Atlanta, still the world's busiest airport, was the only one among the top 20 to report a decline in passenger traffic In China, Tianjin airport reported 25% more passengers a year ago; Nanjing 15.5%, and Xian 13% In India, passenger traffic in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) jumped 27%, while Hyderabad saw a 20% gain and Bangalore, 13% Dubai was the world's busiest for global passengers, followed by London's Heathrow and Hong Kong For air cargo, Hong Kong took the top place, with Memphis and Shanghai coming in second and third. These airports handled a combined 51 million metric tonnes of cargo. It is also the third-busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, the sixth-busiest cargo airport in world, the busiest airport for Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 movements, and the busiest airport in the world operating with only two runways. "Even with the uncertainty regarding the threat of trade wars and the growth of protectionist sentiments across the world, business confidence has remained strong through inventory build-ups and increased export orders in 2017", the group added.

However the airport may not retain its top spot for long.

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