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20 busiest airports in the world

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    20 busiest airports in the world

    From world-class dining to seemingly endless moving walkways, the top airports of the world combine stunning amenities with organizational innovations designed to move millions of travellers—all while ideally minimizing the frustration of flying.

    But some airports have a far bigger challenge, namely in terms of the sheer number of passengers aiming to fly in and out of their gates. To understand which airports handle the most travelers, Stacker looked to Airports Council International's 2018 edition of the World Airport Traffic Report, released Sept. 20, 2018. Comparing data from more than 2,500 airports in over 175 countries, the release ranks airports by arriving and departing passengers, providing a look at which airports dominated in terms of total travelers for last year.

    Read on to explore which airports took the top spots for traffic, including five right here in the United States.

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    #20. Denver International Airport (DEN)

    Location: Denver CO, United States

    2017 rank: #20

    2016 rank: #18

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 61,379,396

    Percent change: 5.3%

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    #19. Incheon International Airport (ICN)

    Location: Incheon, South Korea

    2017 rank: #19

    2016 rank: #20

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 62,157,834

    Percent change: 7.5%

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    #18. Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)

    Location: Singapore, Singapore

    2017 rank: #18

    2016 rank: #17

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 62,220,000

    Percent change: 6%

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    #17. Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK)

    Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

    2017 rank: #17

    2016 rank: #19

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 63,015,620

    Percent change: 8.3%

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    #16. Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)

    Location: New Delhi, India

    2017 rank: #16

    2016 rank: #22

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 63,451,503

    Percent change: 14.1%

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    #15. Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)

    Location: Istanbul, Turkey

    2017 rank: #15

    2016 rank: #14

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 64,119,374

    Percent change: 6.1%

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    #14. Frankfurt Airport (FRA)

    Location: Frankfurt, Germany

    2017 rank: #14

    2016 rank: #13

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 64,500,386

    Percent change: 6.1%

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    #13. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)

    Location: Guangzhou, China

    2017 rank: #13

    2016 rank: #15

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 65,887,473

    Percent change: 10.3%

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    #12. Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport (DFW)

    Location: Dallas/Fort Worth TX, United States

    2017 rank: #12

    2016 rank: #11

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 67,092,194

    Percent change: 2.3%

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    #11. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

    Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

    2017 rank: #11

    2016 rank: #12

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 68,515,425

    Percent change: 7.7%

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    #10. Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG)

    Location: Paris, France

    2017 rank: #10

    2016 rank: #10

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 69,471,442

    Percent change: 5.4%

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    #9. Pudong International Airport (PVG)

    Location: Shanghai, China

    2017 rank: #9

    2016 rank: #9

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 70,001,237

    Percent change: 6.1%

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    #8. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

    Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    2017 rank: #8

    2016 rank: #8

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 72,664,075

    Percent change: 3.4%

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    #7. London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

    Location: London, Great Britain

    2017 rank: #7

    2016 rank: #7

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 78,014,598

    Percent change: 3%

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    #6. Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

    Location: Chicago IL, United States

    2017 rank: #6

    2016 rank: #6

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 79,828,183

    Percent change: 2.4%

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    #5. LAX International Airport (LAX)

    Location: Los Angeles CA, United States

    2017 rank: #5

    2016 rank: #4

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 84,557,968

    Percent change: 4.5%

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    #4. Haneda Airport (HND)

    Location: Tokyo, Japan

    2017 rank: #4

    2016 rank: #5

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 85,408,975

    Percent change: 6.5%

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    #3. Dubai International Airport (DXB)

    Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    2017 rank: #3

    2016 rank: #3

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 88,242,099

    Percent change: 5.5%

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    #2. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

    Location: Beijing, China

    2017 rank: #2

    2016 rank: #2

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 95,786,442

    Percent change: 1.5%

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    #1. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

    Location: Atlanta GA, United States

    2017 rank: #1

    2016 rank: #1

    Total passenger traffic 2017: 103,902,992

    Percent change: -0.3%

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