Airports Council International (ACI) World has just released its preliminary world airport traffic rankings. There are many changes in rankings that reflects the impact of Covid-19 on the world’s busiest airports.
Passenger traffic at airports worldwide decreased by 64.6%, of which, global passenger traffic at 10 busiest airports in the world decreased by 45.7%.
Regarding passenger traffic rankings, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China is the world busiest airport in 2020. Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the US used to hold the top position in 2019, has fallen to second place in 2020.
Among top 10 busiest airports in 2020, there are 7 Chinese and 3 US airports. Many Chinese airports have had a surprising ranking change compared to 2019 such as Chengdu Airport (ranked 24th in 2019), Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (ranked 46th in 2019).
ACI World Director General, Luis Felipe de Oliveira said: “The impact of the COVID-19 on global passenger traffic pandemic brought aviation to a virtual standstill in 2020 and we continue to face an existential threat.”
“The findings show that the impact remains uneven with different regions experiencing different challenges and requiring different policy decisions and support from governments to lay the foundation for recovery.”
Air cargo services were less affected in 2020, with total air cargo volumes decreasing only 8.9% compared to 2019. Airports in the top 10 increase 3% in air cargo volumes, accounting for 28% of total global cargo volume. At the top is Memphis International Airport of the US.
Luis Felipe de Oliveira said: “There is no denying the current economic realities – and the financial shortfall they create – that airports face. Airports are economic generators, bringing socio-economic benefits and jobs to the communities they serve, and governments need to provide the necessary financial alleviation and assistance to suit local circumstances.”