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New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) no longer ranks among the world’s top 20 busiest airports.
The airport, which is a major hub for international flights, was knocked out of the rankings by rapid passenger traffic growth in airports in Asia.
Two airports in Asia specifically saw significant growth in this year’s rankings, released Monday by Airports Council International. India’s Indira Ghandi International Airport in New Delhi (DEL) was the fastest-growing airport in the rankings, jumping from No. 22 last year to No. 16 in this year’s ranking with a 14% percent increase in passenger traffic.
Meanwhile, China’s Guangzhou Airport (CAN) was the list’s second-fastest growing airport by traffic, seeing a 10.3% increase in passengers during 2017.
Airports Council International, an industry group based in Montreal, looked at reports from 1,202 airports worldwide in 2017 to determine passenger traffic numbers. The list’s top-three spots were unchanged. Atlanta‘s Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) locked in the No. 1 place on the list once again, followed by Beijing (PEK) and Dubai (DXB).
The report also said the airports on the list saw a combined 1.5 billion passengers in 2017, and their traffic collectively grew by 5.2%.
Both China and India will likely be among the world’s top-three aviation markets by 2020, ACI says, while the Asia Pacific market is on par to have more than 3.5 billion passengers by 2036, according to numbers from the International Air Transport Association.
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