Orlando entered the list of the top 10 busiest airports in the world for the first time
Terminal A at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, USA. (Photo: AP)
International Airport Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, USA topped the ranking by passenger traffic published by Airports Council International (ACI) based on global data aggregation in 2021.
The report also ranks airports by cargo volume and take-off traffic.
While the US has seen the fastest and strongest recovery in travel, boosted by leisure travel to destinations like Florida, it still falls short of 2019’s air traffic levels. .
According to FlightAware data from March 6 to 13, 2021, US commercial flights were down nearly 18 percent year-on-year in 2019, global traffic down nearly 27 percent.
With 40.4 million passengers, Orlando International Airport in Florida ranked 7th in the list of 10 busiest airport in the world in 2021, just ahead of China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and breaking into the top 10 for the first time since data was available in 1991, ACI said.
Passengers check in at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, USA, on October 11, 2021. (Photo: Reuters)
The international borders of China, one of the major aviation powers, will remain closed in 2021. Domestic traffic drops due to the country’s “Zero COVID” policy, a series of small local outbreaks took place, leading to strict internal travel controls, reducing the need for air travel.
The airport is expecting higher traffic in 2022, when international travel and business frequencies recover in large numbers, a Greater Orlando Aviation Authority spokesman said. than.
The rankings show an encouraging recovery trend, with most of the world’s busiest airports before the COVID-19 pandemic returning to the top of the list, ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said in a statement.
According to ACI, traffic at the 10 busiest airports in 2021 will account for around 463 million passengers or nearly 10% of total global traffic.
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