According to a report by the International Air Transport Association, JFK Airport is no longer among the world's 20 busiest airports. Singapore airports got the sixth place amongst those with the most worldwide passenger traffic in 2017 at 61.57 million, a 5.9% change from a year ago.
Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson scored the top honors with over 103 million passengers last year, followed by Beijing and Dubai's airports, which had almost 184 million passengers combined that year, according to the trade council.
According to the ACI, demand has continued to grow robustly year-on-year at the world's major airports both in terms of passenger numbers and air cargo.
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Growing rapidly in relatively short period of time, India is poised to be one of the largest aviation markets in the world in the years to come, the ACI said. Guangzhou in China, grew by 10.3% making it the second fastest growing airport among the top 20. "With nearly 1.5 billion passengers passing through their terminals in 2017, this group of 20 represents 17% of global passenger traffic", it added.
The Delhi airport has also emerged as the seventh busiest in Asia beating airports in South Korea, Singapore and Thailand.
"Even with this rapid growth in throughput, DEL was also ranked first in Airport Service Quality for airports above 40 million passengers per annum".
The India airport was the fastest-growing one on the list, with a 14.1% spike in traffic, totaling more than 63.4 million passengers moved previous year, according to the trade group. "Year-over-year growth of 26.9 percent, 19.6 percent, 12.9 percent and 10.5 percent respectively was achieved in 2017", the ACI report added.
IGI Airport is now ranked #16, dislodging New York's famed John F. Kennedy International Airport.