• After a two-year downturn, there's a marked rebound in international airport traffic. In 2022, global passenger numbers reached 6.6 billion, reflecting a 43.8% increase from 2021.

  • Istanbul Airport surpassed London Heathrow in 2022, securing the 7th position globally.

  • Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World's director general, highlighted the importance of reliable data in shaping the future of air travel.

Airports Council International (ACI) World has released its recent World Airport Traffic Dataset, ranking over 2,600 airports from more than 180 countries based on passenger traffic.

The report underscores:

- A resurgence in international traffic following a two-year lull;

- A notable dominance of US airports within the top 20;

- The collective passenger count for the top 20 airports was approximately 1.2 billion, equating to 18% of the global passenger traffic.

In 2022, global passenger traffic soared to 6.6 billion, marking a 43.8% uptick from the previous year.

European rankings witnessed Istanbul Airport outpacing London Heathrow, clinching the 7th spot with over 64 million passengers, a surge of 73.8% from 2021. Yet, Heathrow exhibited the most dramatic ascent, skyrocketing from 54th to 8th position. This dramatic rise can be traced back to the UK Government's decision to remove all travel barriers in March 2021. Heathrow's 2022 count stood at approximately 61.6 million, a stark contrast to the 19.4 million in 2021.

Other European contenders in the top 20 included Paris (10th), Amsterdam Schiphol (13th), Madrid (15th), and Frankfurt (18th), with each recording significant year-on-year passenger growth.

On the global stage, Atlanta reigned supreme, clocking in 93.7 million passengers in 2022.

Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World’s director general, praised the resilience of airports globally, acknowledging their unwavering service amidst economic strains and a strained labor market. ACI World's annual data collection spans its extensive network of airport members and various stakeholders in the aviation sector.

De Oliveira further emphasized the critical role of trustworthy data, advocating for a concerted effort towards a robust and sustainable air transport system. He projected a doubling of passengers in the upcoming two decades, necessitating heightened attention to safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability.