Simple Flying - Pranjal Pande

Dallas-Fort Worth was the world's second-busiest airport in 2021 and is only hoping to grow its numbers this year.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has been crowned the world's second busiest airport by passenger traffic, carrying a massive 62.5 million travelers last year. The growth comes as the airport's domestic hub status pushed up traffic, a trend it hopes to only improve on as 2022 rolls in.

After securing 4th place in 2020, up from 10th in 2019, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport has moved up into the podium places, according to the latest Airports Council International report. The Texas mega-hub carried 62.46 million travelers, with traffic down only 16.8% compared to 2019 and up 59% from 2020. It also came in third for total aircraft movements, a position it has now held for three years running.

Atlanta returned to its throne in 2021, with 75.7 million passengers connecting through the airport last year, still down 31.5% on pre-pandemic traffic. Indeed, the list was dominated by US airports, which made up eight of the top 10, with only Guangzhou (8th) and Chengdu (9th) cracking the list from outside the country.

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