The 10 Busiest Airports in The World

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is located seven miles south of the CBD of Atlanta and had a total of 717001 air traffic movements in 2010, making it the busiest airport in the world. The airport has 195 gates in total and has two terminals. The airport is also the primary hub for AirTran Airways, Delta Air Lines and Delta connection partner Atlantic Southeast Airlines

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O’Hare International Airport, Chicago is the second busiest airport in the world with a total of 662018 of air traffic movements in 2010. Located seventeen miles north west of Chicago, it has five terminals serving flights to and from all over the United States and the world and is the primary hub for United Airlines. It has seven interconnecting runways which service the incoming and outgoing flights.

Located between the two cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the third busiest airport in the world with a total of 488570 air traffic movements in 2010. The airport has seven interconnecting runways and is the primary hub for American Airlines and American Eagle. The airport also has five terminals that service the air traffic that comes in and out of the airport.

Denver International Airport had a total of 473035 air traffic movements in 2010 making it the fourth busiest in the world. It is the main hub for Frontier Airlines and the second largest hub for United Airlines. It is also a focus city for Southwest Airlines.

Los Angeles International Airport is the fifth busiest airport in the world with 433452 air traffic movements in 2010. Often referred to as LAX, it is a major hub for Untied Airlines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines. It is also a focus airport for Virgin America, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Allegiant Air, and Southwest Airlines and is located about 15 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles.

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston is the sixth busiest airport in the world with 398621 air traffic movements in 2010. The airport covers an area of 10,000 acres and is located 20 miles north of downtown Houston. It has 5 terminals in total and is named after George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States of America.

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, Charlotte is the seventh busiest airport in the world with 391170 air movements in total in 2010. The airport has four runways which service the incoming and outgoing flights to Charlotte/Douglas Airport.

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Beijing Capital International Airport is the eigth busiest airport in the world with 386472 air traffic movements in 2010. It is located 20 miles northeast of Beijing’s city centre. It is the main hub for Air China and the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China flying to about 120 destinations. It has 3 terminals, the newest being the massive terminal 3 building in 2008 for the Olympic games, which has the notoriety of being the third largest building in the world by area.

McCarren International Airport, Las Vegas is the ninth busiest airport in the world with 380008 air traffic movements in 2010. Located 8 miles from Las Vegas CBD, it covers an area of 2800 acres and serves as a focus city for Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Airlines. It is also notorious for having 1234 slot machines located all over the airport.

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Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Paris is the tenth busiest airport in the world with a total of  377959 air traffic movements in 2010. It is the primary airport of France and named after Charles de Gaulle the founder of the French Fifth Republic. Located 16 miles north-east of Paris, it is the primary hub of Air France. 

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