Barred from travelling to many international destinations last year, Americans decided that Paris, Texas, and Cairo, Illinois, would have to suffice. What's more, given the increase in domestic travel, eight of the top 10 busiest airports in the world in 2021 were located in the US, according to a new report from Airports Council International (ACI).
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson reclaimed the No. 1 spot it had held for 22 years, after being dethroned in 2020 by Guangzhou in China. Denver climbed to third last year from eighth in 2020 as more Americans tried to confirm whether the conspiracy theories are true (I think they just might be). Orlando, which was 27th in 2020, rose to seventh place and Charlotte, the American Airlines hub, jumped from 34th place in 2019 to sixth.
While leisure destinations in the US became more popular during COVID, hubs connecting international travellers lost out. Previous top 10 list diehards such as Dubai, London Heathrow, and Paris Charles de Gaulle have been unusually quiet in the past two years.
In 2021, the number of air travellers globally rebounded 25% from 2020, but still came in at just 50% of 2019 levels. We're doing our part to bump the air time, and you know more adventures are in the works!