DXB offered more than 4,234,717 seats for international travelers in November. DXB has also maintained its place as the world’s second-busiest airport, measuring domestic and international airline capacity, although total airline seats have declined by 9% globally compared to October
The OAG’s November study also maintained London Heathrow as the second busiest international airport, with 3.4 million seats for international passengers. Both Dubai and London Heathrow were ranked first and second respectively in 2019.
Amsterdam dropped two places this month to fifth and had the most significant month-on-month capacity decline among the top 10 airports, down 18% to 2.52 million. London Gatwick has also dropped out of the top 10 busiest international routes and Incheon Airport has moved into tenth place.
Of the 10 busiest international airports in October 2022, eight were in the top 10 in November 2019. Airports that have seen their rankings rise, now placing them in the top ten, are Doha (from 13 to 8) and Madrid (from 14 to 10).
In terms of global airports, Atlanta remains the world’s busiest airport with 4.7 million seats, a 2% decrease from last month, due to a steady increase in domestic passenger demand in the US . As of November 2019, Atlanta was the second largest airport behind Beijing.
“The airports of Dubai and Tokyo Haneda remain in second and third place. Dubai has increased capacity between November and October 2022 by three percent. It is the only airport in the top 10 to increase seats this month,” the monthly report said.
Dubai’s main airport raised its passenger forecast for this year by 1.5 million to 64.3 million after passenger traffic almost tripled in the third quarter compared to the same period last year, the airport operator’s CEO said last week.
DXB handled nearly 18.5 million passengers between July and September, said Paul Griffiths, director general of Dubai Airports, compared with 6.7 million a year earlier.
Tokyo Haneda’s capacity was unchanged at 3.9 million, and London Heathrow became the fourth busiest airport this month, with Dallas Fort Worth dropping one place to fifth.