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World's busiest airport

The cachet of being known as the world's busiest airport is fiercely fought over by owners of the world's largest airports.

The following airports have variously made claims (or had claims made for them).

The ten busiest airports for the period January-September 2003 (data provided by Airports Council International) measured by number of passengers are as follows. One 'passenger' is described as someone who arrives in, departs from or transfers through the airport on a given day.

  1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (ATL) 58,875,694
  2. O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA (ORD) 51,831,684
  3. London Heathrow Airport, London, United Kingdom (LHR) 47,503,540
  4. Tokyo International Airport, Tokyo, Japan (HND) 47,319,962
  5. Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California USA, (LAX) 41,289,216
  6. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, (DFW) 39,389,348
  7. Frankfurt International Airport, Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) 36,487,978
  8. Charles De Gaulle International Airport, Paris, France (CDG) 36,349,565
  9. Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (AMS) 30,350,231
  10. Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix, Arizona (PHX) 28,152,396

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