Charlotte Douglas Just Ranked The 5th Busiest Airport in The World

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The Charlotte Douglas International Airport has just been ranked the 5th busiest in the world in a new report published by the Airports Council International (ACI).

According to the report, our airport processed a total of 519,895 arrivals and departures in 2021 and transported a total of 43 million passengers.

Charlotte ranked just ahead of LAX and Las Vegas, and just behind Denver.

AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS*

2021 2020 2019 Airport 2021 % change vs 2020 % change vs 2019
1 1 2 ATLANTA GA, US (ATL)   707 661 29.1 -21.7
2 2 1 CHICAGO IL, US (ORD)   684 201 27.1 -25.6
3 3 3 DALLAS/FORT WORTH TX, US (DFW)   651 895 26.7 -9.5
4 4 5 DENVER CO, US (DEN)   580 866 32.9 -8.1
5 6 7 CHARLOTTE NC, US (CLT)   519 895 30.6 -10.1
6 7 4 LOS ANGELES CA, US (LAX)   506 769 33.6 -26.7
7 10 8 LAS VEGAS NV, US (LAS)   486 540 50.4 -12.0
8 13 25 PHOENIX AZ, US (PHX)   408 285 31.6 -7.0
9 24 30 MIAMI FL, US (MIA)   387 973 54.4 -6.9
10 21 14 HOUSTON TX, US (IAH)   378 562 41.4 -20.8

*Movements: landings and take-offs

Charlotte also ranks 6th in the world for overall passenger count.

PASSENGERS*

2021 2020 2019 Airport 2021 % change vs 2020 % change vs 2019
1 2 1 ATLANTA GA, US (ATL)  75 704 760 76.4 -31.5
2 4 10 DALLAS/FORT WORTH TX, US (DFW)  62 465 756 58.7 -16.8
3 8 16 DENVER CO, US (DEN)  58 828 552 74.4 -14.8
4 13 6 CHICAGO IL, US (ORD)  54 020 399 75.1 -36.2
5 15 3 LOS ANGELES CA, US (LAX)  48 007 284 66.8 -45.5
6 18 34 CHARLOTTE NC, US (CLT)  43 302 230 59.2 -13.4
7 27 31 ORLANDO FL, US (MCO)  40 351 068 86.7 -20.3
8 1 11 GUANGZHOU, CN (CAN)  40 259 401 -8.0 -45.1
9 3 24 CHENGDU, CN (CTU)  40 117 496 -1.5 -28.2
10 22 30 LAS VEGAS NV, US (LAS)  39 754 366 78.6 -23.1

* Total passengers enplaned and deplaned, passengers in transit counted once

“The rankings reflect the important role CLT played in the aviation industry last year as one of the busiest airports in the world,” said CLT’s CEO Haley Gentry. “Many people were eager to travel by air again in 2021, and we’re happy to partner with the airlines to serve these passengers coming through Charlotte. This year, we are predicting an even stronger 2022 with one of our best summers ever.” 

To read more, you can see the entire ACI report here.

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