After a pandemic that drastically reduced passenger traffic, Atlanta no longer has the “busiest airport” in the world.

Atlanta’s airport is no longer the busiest airport in the world, and it’s the first time in 22 years that ATL hasn’t transported most passengers.

Instead, China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport won its honor in 2020 with more than 43 million passengers. Airports Council Released on Thursday.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had 42,918,685 passengers in 2020, a decrease of more than 67 million from the previous year.

Passenger numbers are generally considered a barometer for determining “the busiest in the world.”

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement, “We are proud of the title of being the busiest in the world, but 2020 was an unprecedented challenge that affected travel in the United States and around the world. “.

According to the report, seven of the top ten busiest airports in the world in 2020 were in China.Only Atlanta, Dallas / Fort Worth and Denver have entered the United States

During the course of last year’s pandemic, global passenger traffic at the world’s busiest airports fell by 45.7%. According to the report, taking into account passenger transport at all airports, the decline is as steep as 64.6%.

“In most cases, domestic air travel has begun to rebound moderately, but international air travel remains depressed due to ongoing travel restrictions,” the report said.

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Early 2021 figures also show a significant year-on-year difference in total passenger numbers. Atlanta airport passenger numbers were 3,205,694 in February this year, down from 7,790,620 in the same period last year. According to the airport..

“Data released today reveals the challenges airports continue to face, directly from the government to enable aviation to endure, reconnect and accelerate global economic recovery. It is still essential to support the industry through wise support and wise policy making, “said Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Director of the International World Bureau, Airports Council International.

Atlanta claimed the title of the world’s busiest airport for aircraft movement (landing and takeoff) in 2020, overtaking Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from the previous year.

Top 10 Busiest Airports in the World for Passenger Transport in 2020:

1. Guangzhou, China (CAN)

2. Atlanta (ATL)

3. Chengdu, China (CTU)

4. Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW)

5. Shenzhen, China (SZX)

6. Beijing (PEK)

7. Denver (DEN)

8. Kunming, China (KMG)

9. Shanghai (SHA)

10. China, Xian (XIY)

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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Atlanta Airport is no longer the busiest airport in the world

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