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In the air is more like it. As international travel continues to rebound after 2020, Dubai has moved from the No. 5 ranked airport in 2022, to the No. 2 busiest airport, and the No. 1 airport for international travellers based on the 2023 preliminary rankings. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International still holds the No. 1 position for volume, as it has for more than 20 years (minus 2020 of course).


Ascending to Second: Dubai’s Rise in International Travel

Dubai AirportTo achieve the rank of No. 2, with an increase of 31%, Dubai handled about 87 million passengers in 2023, which is not surprising as the region continues to develop as a destination hub. The Middle East and Asia Pacific are experiencing significant growth in the aviation industry at an expected growth rate of more than double that of more developed economies.

As more people take to the skies, the demand for more efficient aircraft that can provide more economical fuel use is increasing, but there are still supply chain issues. Delays in new airplane production and the shortage of US traffic controllers could slow down the anticipated growth.

To read more, please check out:  With international traffic roaring back, there’s a new No. 2 busiest airport