The 20 busiest airports in the world

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The World's Busiest Airport Is in Atlanta

Around 8 million people fly every day, and the airport the most passengers fly in to or out of is in the United States.

According to new information released by Airports Council International, more than 96 million people passed through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 2014. That's an increase of 1.9 percent from 2013.

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World's busiest airport No. 20: Kuala Lumpur (KUL)

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World's busiest airport No. 19: Shanghai (PVG)

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World's busiest airport No. 18: New York (JFK)

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World's busiest airport No. 17: Denver (DEN)

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World's busiest airport No. 16: Singapore (SIN)

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World's busiest airport No. 15: Guangzhou (CAN)

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World's busiest airport No. 14: Amsterdam (AMS)

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World's busiest airport No. 13: Istanbul (IST)

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World's busiest airport No. 12: Jakarta (CGK)

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World's busiest airport No. 11: Frankfurt (FRA)

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World's busiest airport No. 10: Hong Kong (HKG)

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World's busiest airport No. 9: Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)

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World's busiest airport No. 8: Paris (CDG)

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World's busiest airport No. 7: Chicago (ORD)

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World's busiest airport No. 6: Dubai (DXB)

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World's busiest airport No. 5: Los Angeles (LAX)

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World's busiest airport No. 4: Tokyo (HND)

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World's busiest airport No. 3: London (LHR)

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World's busiest airport No. 2: Beijing (PEK)

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World's busiest airport No. 1: Atlanta (ATL)

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In this case, "busiest" refers to the amount of passenger traffic. Earlier this year, a writer for the Chicago Daily Herald was happy to say the city's O'Hare International Airport had reclaimed the title of busiest airport in the world in terms of the number of flights arriving and departing.

CNN reports fewer planes are actually flying out of Atlanta now, but carriers are starting to use planes that can carry more people.

But back to passenger traffic. Beijing Capital International Airport was the second-busiest with around 86 million passengers, and London's Heathrow Airport rounded out the top three with about 73 million.

One likely reason Atlanta claimed the top spot is because it's a major hub. According to its website, it "serves 150 U.S. destinations and more than 75 international destinations in 50 countries."

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