Top 10 busiest airports in Europe

- Top 10 - Sep 29, 2017

We reveal the busiest airports in Europe based on passenger numbers…

10. Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport
Located just outside Rome, Italy, the Leonardo de Vinci-Fiumicino Airport served 41.2mn passengers in 2016, a figure that represents an increase of more than 3% from 2015. The airport also facilitated 314,167 aircraft movements during the same year.

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9. Munich Airport
Munich Airport handled more than 42mn passengers in 2016. In addition, it was the 15th-busiest airport in the world for serving international passengers. In 2016, the German airport also handled nearly 395,000 aircraft movements and 354,000 metric tonnes of cargo. It provides flights to 248 destinations, earning it the fifth-place spot in terms of number of destinations worldwide. 

8. London-Gatwick Airport 
Located in London, England, London-Gatwick Airport is the country's second-largest airport and Europe’s eighth-largest in terms of passenger traffic. In 2016, the airport served 43,119,628 passengers, a figure that demonstrates an increase of more than 7% compared to 2015. Gatwick also tracked nearly 281,000 aircraft movements out of its 115 gates in 2016. 

7. Barcelona El Prat Airport
Barcelona El Prat Airport experienced a record year in 2016 in terms of passenger traffic. During that year, the airport, located in Barcelona, Spain, handled more than 44.1mn passengers, an increase of 11.2% over 2015. It also recorded a 6.6% increase in aircraft movements with 307,864 in total for 2016. 

6. Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas Airport
Not only is the Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas Airport Spain’s country's busiest and largest airport, the 50.4mn passengers it served in 2016 makes it Europe’s sixth busiest. The airport also handled more than 415,000 metric tonnes of cargo and directed over 378,000 aircraft movements. The social and economic impact of the airport is nearly €13bn. 

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5. Istanbul Atatürk Airport
In 2016, the Istanbul Atatürk Airport, located in Istanbul, Turkey, served a total of 60,119,215 passengers. Of that total, more than 41mn were international travellers. Flying to 273 destinations, according to data gathered in February 2017, Istanbul Atatürk Airport provides service to the most destinations worldwide, second only to Frankfurt Airport. In terms of aircraft movements, number of passengers and destinations served, Istanbul is the country's biggest and busiest. 

4. Frankfurt Airport
As Germany’s fifth-largest city, Frankfurt is home to Europe’s fourth-largest airport by passenger traffic. According to statistics, nearly 60.8mn passengers flew to and from Frankfurt Airport in 2016. Frankfurt Airport boasts the capacity to serve about 65mn passengers and is the busiest airport in the country. The airport also handled more than 2.1mn tonnes of cargo in 2016 and facilitated over 462,000 aircraft movements. Providing direct service to 293 destinations in the world, Frankfurt Airport leads the industry in providing the most nonstop flights. It provides an economic impact totalling more than €26bn. 

3. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Situated in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the primary international airport for both the Netherlands and Holland. In 2016, more than 63.6mn passengers flew with the airport as it processed 1.7mn tonnes of cargo and had 479,000 aircraft movements. Statistics place the economic and social impact of the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at nearly €32bn after it experienced more than 9% growth in 2016. Passengers can fly to one of 176 destinations served by the airport. 

2. Charles de Gaulle Airport
Located in Paris, France, Charles de Gaulle Airport handled nearly 66mn passengers in 2016, earning it the title of Europe’s second-busiest airport for passenger traffic. Additionally, the airport is the second busiest airport in Europe in terms of aircraft movements. London’s Heathrow Airport holds first place honours for this category as well. According to 2016 figures, the airport was the ninth busiest for cargo traffic with 2.08mn tonnes. The airport, also known as Roissy-Paris Airport, offers direct flights to about 256 cities worldwide. 

1. Heathrow Airport
London, England’s Heathrow Airport is Europe’s busiest according to passenger traffic volume. In 2016, Heathrow Airport handled 75.7mn passengers, a 1% increase over the previous year and a record for the airport. That same year, the airport handled more than 1.54mn metric tonnes of cargo and facilitated nearly 475,000 aircraft movements. Heathrow Airport flies to more than 180 destinations, located in 90 countries. The busiest airport in the world is Atlanta’s Hartsfield–Jackson Airport, US, which catered for more than 104mn passengers in 2016.

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