(Last Updated On: October 4, 2019)
The busiest airports in Asia serve upward of 60 million passengers a year and a number of them are set to pass the 100 million mark. Here is a list of the 10 busiest based on total passengers per year which includes arrivals, departure and transit passengers.
1. Beijing Capital International Airport
Total Passengers – 101 million
This is the main international airport serving Beijing and was first opened in 1958. It is also the second busiest in the world after Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport in the US. It has three terminals to serve domestic routes and international routes.
2. Dubai International Airport
Total Passengers – 89.1 million
This is the primary international airport serving Dubai and is currently the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic. It also has the largest solar energy system in the region’s airports which is part of Dubai’s goal to reduce 30 percent of the city energy consumption by 2030. It is operated by the Dubai Airports Company and is the home base of Emirates airline and Flydubai.
3. Tokyo Haneda Airport
Total Passengers – 87 million
It is one of the two primary airports that serve the Greater Tokyo Area and is the primary base of Japan’s two major domestic airlines Japan Airlines and All Nippo Airways. It first opened in 1931 on a small piece of bayfront land at the south end of today’s airport complex.
4. Hong Kong International Airport
Total Passengers -74.7 million
This is Hong Kong’s main airport built on reclaimed land on the island of Chek Lap Kok. It has been in operation since 1998 and is an important regional trans-shipment center, passenger hub and gateway for destinations in China and the rest of Asia. It is operated by the Airport Authority Hong Kong 24 hours a day and is the primary hub for Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Airlines, HK Express and Air Hong Kong.
5. Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Total Passengers – 74 million
This is one of two international airports of Shanghai and a major aviation hub of China. It mainly serves international flights and is the main hub for China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines. It is also a major international hub for Air China and secondary hub of China Southern Airlines. It is the busiest international hub of China.
6. India Gandhi International Airport
Total Passengers – 69.9 million
It serves as the major international aviation hub of the Indian Capital city of New Delhi as well as India. It is the busiest airport in India terms of passengers and cargo traffic. It is operated by the Airports Authority of India.
7. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Total Passengers -69.7 million
This is the major airport of Guangzhou, China and China’s 3rd busiest airport. It a hub for 9 Air, China Southern Airlines, FedEx Express, Hainan Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines.
8. Incheon International Airport
Total Passengers -68.3 million
It is the largest airport in South Korea and is the primary airport serving the Seoul Capital Area. It is rated as the world’s cleanest airport and the best international transit airport by Skytrax. It is a hub to Air Incheon, Air Seoul, Asiana Airlines, Easter Jet, FedExPress, Jin Air, Korean Air, Polar Air Cargo etc.
9. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport
Total Passengers -66.9 million
This is the primary airport serving the Jakarta metropolitan area on the island of Java in Indonesia. It is the largest airport in Southeast Asia and the busiest in the Southern hemisphere. It was opened in 1985 and serves as a hub for Batik Air, Cardig Air, Citlink, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air etc.
10. Singapore Changi Airport
Total Passengers -65.6 million
This airport is currently rated the World’s Best Airport by Skytrax. It is located in Changi at the eastern end of Singapore. It is the home base of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir Scoot, Jetstar Asia Airways and BOC Aviation.