After more than two decades, there's a new world's busiest airport

April 26, 2021
Seven of the world's top 10 busiest airports in 2020 were in China, Marnie Hunter reports for CNN.

GUANGZHOU, China - Seven of the world's top 10 busiest airports in 2020 were in China while the former world's busiest airport -- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the United States - fell to No. 2 in the rankings after 22 consecutive years in the top spot, Marnie Hunter reports for CNNContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

April 26, 2021-Atlanta's international airport has finally been dethroned as the world's busiest. Hartsfield-Jackson, like every airport listed in the top 10, saw a decrease in traffic brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic. ATL's 61% drop took the airport out of the top spot as Guangzhou's drop of "only" 40% allowed CAN to leapfrog as the world's busiest airport.

According to ACI, passenger air traffic fell nearly 65% worldwide in 2020 due in large part to the global pandemic.

"The data published today reveals the challenge airports continue to face, and it remains imperative that the industry is supported through direct support and sensible policy decisions from governments to ensure that aviation can endure, rebuild connectivity, and fuel a global economic recovery," ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said in a statement. "The findings show that the impact remains uneven with different regions experiencing different challenges and requiring different policy decisions and support from governments to lay the foundation for recovery

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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