Delhi airport climbs to the top to be the world's busiest airport

Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi | Commons

The explosive growth of Asian airports is cited for the change, with airports in New Delhi, India and Guangzhou, China recently entering the top 20.

New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI Airport) has now become one of the 20 busiest airports in the world for the year 2017 in terms of traffic volumes. Meanwhile, Singapore airports' total global air freight traffic grew 7.9% YoY to 2.13 million. It saw more than 59 million fliers in 2017, a slight uptick from the previous year.

The country's main gateway ranked 10th in worldwide passenger traffic, sixth in global air freight traffic, and ninth in total air cargo traffic past year, according to the Airports Council worldwide (ACI).

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is the primary international airport serving Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is the world's busiest airport by international passenger traffic.

Taoyuan International Airport Corporation also pointed out that the airport is growing at a much faster pace than most other airports.

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. With nearly 1.5 billion passengers passing through their terminals in 2017, this group of 20 represents 17% of global passenger traffic. These airports handled a combined 51 million metric tonnes of cargo. It also adjudged Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport as the world's best airport in customer experience. "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.

The other four American airports to make the top 20 for 2017 were Los Angeles International (5th), O'Hare International (6th), Dallas Fort-Worth International (12th) and Denver International (20th).

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