DXB ranked busiest airport in the world in 2024

by Staff Reporter
UAE airports welcome 36.5 million passengers in first quarter of 2024

Dubai International Airport (DXB) kicked off 2024 with a remarkable achievement, climbing to the top spot as the world’s busiest airport in January.

According to data released by aviation consultancy OAG, DXB, home to Emirates, logged 5 million seats in January 2024, surpassing Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), which slipped to second place with 4.7 million seats, reflecting an 8% decline in capacity compared to the previous month.

A noteworthy shift from January 2023 when DXB held the second spot globally, and in 2019, it secured the third position. OAG’s data for 2023 also highlights DXB as the busiest international airport, boasting 56.5 million seats. The Middle East hub marked a substantial 25% increase in seating capacity compared to the previous year.

Busiest airport rankings 2024

OAG’s rankings are based on scheduled capacity for the current month, relative to the same month in 2023. The top 10 busiest global airports consider total capacity (domestic and international), while the top 10 busiest international airports focus solely on international seats.


Among the top 10 global airports for January were Tokyo International (Haneda), Guangzhou, London Heathrow, Dallas/Fort Worth, Shanghai Pudong, Denver International, Istanbul, and Beijing Capital International.

Maintaining its dominance, DXB secured the title of the busiest international airport, followed by London Heathrow, Seoul Incheon, Singapore Changi, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Hong Kong International, Doha, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International.


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