"Airports Council": in terms of the number of international travelers ... for the seventh year in a row

Dubai International is the largest airport in the world in 2020

Dubai airport still maintains its position as the largest airport in the world.


Dubai International Airport maintained its position as the largest airport in the world in terms of the number of international travelers, during the year 2020, for the seventh year in a row, according to the annual report of the Airports Council International, which monitors the performance of the air transport sector in the world.

Council data, of which Emirates Today obtained a copy, showed that Dubai International Airport handled about 25.9 million international passengers last year, while the annual air freight volume in 2020 reached 1 million 932 thousand and 22 tons.


According to the data, Amsterdam Airport ranked second with 20.8 million passengers, a difference of more than five million passengers, compared to Dubai International Airport, which came in the forefront, while London Heathrow Airport fell to third place, recording 20.6 million passengers, while it ranked Paris airport ranked fourth with 19 million international passengers, while Frankfurt Airport came in fifth place with 16.8 million passengers.

Passenger traffic

The International Airports Council revealed that global passenger traffic in the 10 busiest airports in the world decreased by 45.7% over the past year, indicating that, in general, passenger traffic at the world's airports decreased by 64.6%, indicating the impact of the "Covid-19" pandemic.

He explained that the impact of the pandemic led to a virtual halt of aviation in 2020, as the published data reveal the challenge that airports still face, stressing that it is still necessary to support the aviation industry through direct support to ensure aviation's ability to cope, rebuild connectivity and feed the global economic recovery.


The Council indicated that with some positive signs of recovery, especially in countries with high vaccination rates, a sustainable global recovery will only be achieved through the escalation of vaccination campaigns, the continuous development of digital health corridors, and the coordinated and coherent policy support of governments.

Air shipments

The Airports Council pointed out that air cargo was less affected by the pandemic, with volumes dropping by only 8.9%, to an estimated 109 million metric tons in 2020, equivalent to 2016 levels (110 million metric tons).

He mentioned that airport operators also continue to work closely with their airline partners and other stakeholders to balance the current market realities and the cost of providing infrastructure while overcoming the crisis together.

• Dubai Airport handled 25.9 million international passengers last year.

• 1.9 million tons of air freight volume through "Dubai International" in 2020.

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