Terminal Velocity: These Are the 20 Busiest Airports in the World

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When you’re in a rush, any airport can seem like the world’s busiest airport.

But those that really make the top 20 busiest airports list are mostly bustling, big-city airports, often in hub cities where several airlines concentrate their flight operations. These aren’t always the airports of your final destination, but they may be where you have a scheduled layover before transferring to another flight.

The new list of the world’s 20 busiest airports was released in April by Airports Council International, a nonprofit group representing the world’s airports. A familiar airport tops the list once again, while airports in India and China continue to climb the charts. Overall, passenger traffic at the 20 busiest airports grew by 5.2 percent, and the 20 airports listed below represent a full 17 percent of global passenger traffic.

Make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position. Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight through our slideshow of the top 20 busiest airports.

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