Travelling for business or leisure, you are bound to run into an extremely busy airport at some point in your life and you can either hate it or love it – we’ll leave that up to you. TravelUp have provided the top busiest airports in the world for international traffic and answer why they are so busy.

Dubai International Airport

In 2015, Dubai let 77.5m international passengers through its airport doors and is still titled the busiest international airport in the world in terms of international passengers. The impressive airport is also home to one of the 6 best airport lounges in the world and is a hot-spot for business travellers and tourism, often being a stop off for flights to Australia. The airport is home to one of the best well-known airlines in the world, Emirates, and the airport itself is very impressive. Book your flights to Dubai here.

London Heathrow Airport

Next up is London Heathrow having an impressive 71 million international passengers passing through in (2016). Whilst the airport is short on runways and talks of even more runways being developed, there is huge potential for London Heathrow to begin to welcome even more passengers. One of the most popular routes here are London Heathrow to New York, so again you can expect business travellers and tourists to visit this airport. It is also a primary hub for British Airways and a base for Virgin Atlantic so you can expect it be one of the top busiest airports in the world.

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport

The impressive Hong Kong International Airport comes in at 3rd of the busiest international airport in the world with a total of 68.1m international passengers visiting this airport in 2015. Since 2002, it has grown in size 153% showing that this airport has huge potential to climb to 1st place. It was given the title of “world’s 5th best airport in the world” by Skytrax last year and is continuing to develop to welcome the growing number of international passengers.

Paris – Charles de Gaulle Airport

Charles de Gaulle Airport is the hub for Air France and welcomes many international passengers as it is often used as a stop-over for flights to New York, Heathrow, Barcelona and Dubai. Because of this, there’s no wonder why this is number 3 and saw 60.4m international passengers pass through in (2015).

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Another incredibly busy international airport in terms of international passengers is the unexpected Amsterdam Airport. It is one of the world’s oldest, yet continues to be developed to cater for the increase of passengers passing through. There are 6 runways at this airport and in 2015 it saw 58.2m passengers visit, and with the development we’ve seen since 1920 it is expected that this airport could become more important.

Singapore Changi Airport

Some of the facilities at this airport and the busy city make it easy to see why it has had 54.8m international passengers visit in 2015. Skytrax awarded this Singapore Changi Airport the best airport in the world for 4 years running thanks to the impressive 2 free cinemas, a swimming pool, 6-metre waterfall & a butterfly garden housing. This is certainly an airport we wouldn’t mind spending a little more time in!

These are the top 6 busiest airports in the world, all with a reason behind whether that be because it’s home to a major airline or the incredible facilities. The business of international passengers shouldn’t put you off, the experience and atmosphere should definitely be experienced on your next flight!