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Airports are about to hit peak summer travel season, and with many starting to plan their first big trips in years, airports are undoubtedly very busy places right now.
Over the past year, many people have started to indulge in the art of travel again, with some countries and cities easing restrictions while others have remained confined.
Regardless, travel in 2021 has seen a massive increase compared to the time in 2020, when the pandemic made flying nearly impossible or extremely difficult, both domestically and internationally.
But a new report shows the pandemic hasn’t stopped Americans when it comes to traveling in and out of the country’s airports.
In fact, the United States claimed 8 of the top 10 spots for the world’s busiest airports in 2021, according to findings from Airports Council International (ACI) World.
The report found that around 4.5 billion passengers worldwide flew in 2021, an increase of nearly 25% from 2020, noting that passenger traffic to and from the 10 busiest airports frequented represented nearly 10% of total global traffic in 2021 with 463 million passengers (nearly 52% more than in 2020).
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The number one busiest airport in the world was Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) located in Atlanta, Georgia, which saw 75.7 million passengers pass through its doors in 2021, an increase of more than 76% year over year, but down about 31.5% from 2019 and the days before the pandemic.
ATL is followed by DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport) which welcomed around 62.5 million passengers worldwide in 2021, then DEN (Denver International Airport) with around 59 million passengers worldwide.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport complete the top 5, with the best international airports ranking in slots 8 and 9, both located in China (Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Chengdu International Airport Shuangliu, respectively).
Among the top 10, Orlando International Airport saw the largest year-over-year percentage increase, with a massive 86.7% increase in global passenger numbers from 2020 to 2021.
“ACI’s Global Passenger Traffic Rankings tell the story of an encouraging recovery trend, with many of the busiest airports reoccurring before the return of COVID-19,” explained the ACI’s global chief executive. ‘ACI, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, in the report. “While we are cautious that the recovery could face multiple obstacles, the momentum created by countries’ reopening plans could lead to increased travel in the second half of 2022.
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The United States operates almost a third of all airports in the world, more than any other country with approximately 15,000 airports in total.
Still, US airports are not completely clean and are returning to normal.
Just this week, JetBlue announced it was cutting summer flights and capacity due to staffing shortages in a bid to limit cancellations.
Hundreds of flights were canceled earlier this month due to inclement weather which prevented many flights to and from the Northeast and Florida, leaving many customers unhappy and stranded.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has also come under fire recently after low fuel supplies combined with a massive influx of passengers left customers in security lines for hours, with many abandoning their cars which were stuck on the airport ramps to run inside to try to catch their flights
Still, the outlook looks encouraging.
“We are past the deepest point of the crisis,” International Air Transport Association (IATA) chief executive Willie Walsh said last October, according to Reuters . “Although serious problems remain, the road to recovery is in sight.”
Passenger revenue is expected to reach $378 billion this year, a 67% year-over-year increase.