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World top 50 airports 1997 – ranking by total passengers

Total Passengers: Arriving and departing passengers, plus direct transit passengers (counted once)

Rank  Airport (official name) Country IATA
code
Total
passengers
% change
1  Chicago O'Hare USA ORD 70,294,601 +1.6
2  Atlanta William B Hartsfield USA ATL 68,205,769 +7.7
3  Dallas/Ft Worth International USA DFW 60,488,713 +4.2
4  Los Angeles International USA LAX 59,820,077 +3.2
5  London Heathrow UK LHR 57,974,931 +3.8
6  Tokyo Haneda Japan HND 49,302,268 +5.9
7  San Francisco International USA SFO 40,499,947 +3.2
8  Frankfurt Rhein-Main Germany FRA 40,262,691 +3.9
9  Seoul Gimpo International Korea SEL 36,757,280 +5.9
10  Paris Charles de Gaulle France CDG 35,293,661 +10.9
11  Denver International USA DEN 34,972,936 +8.3
12  Miami International USA MIA 34,533,268 +3.1
13  Amsterdam Schiphol Netherlands AMS 31,569,977 +13.6
14  Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County USA DTW 31,520,656 +4.6
15  New York John F Kennedy USA JFK 31,228,956 +0.3
16  Newark International USA EWR 30,866,374 +6.0
17  Phoenix Sky Harbor International USA PHX 30,536,061 +0.5
18  Las Vegas McCarran International USA LAS 30,305,553 -0.5
19  Minneapolis-St. Paul International USA MSP 29,070,480 +4.9
20  Hong Kong International Hong Kong HKG 29,020,369 -3.9
21  Houston George Bush Intercontinental USA IAH 28,701,092 +8.4
22  St Louis Lambert International USA STL 27,657,026 +1.4
23  Orlando International USA MCO 27,305,249 +6.9
24  London Gatwick UK LGW 26,961,453 +10.8
25  Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Canada YYZ 26,082,713 +7.5
26  Tokyo Narita International Japan NRT 25,667,577 +1.0
27  Boston Logan International USA BOS 25,457,752 +1.7
28  Singapore Changi Singapore SIN 25,174,344 +2.7
29  Bangkok International Thailand BKK 25,142,879 +0.6
30  Paris Orly France ORY 25,059,211 -8.4
31  Rome Fiumicino Italy FCO 25,001,038 +8.5
32  Seattle-Tacoma International USA SEA 24,678,614 +1.5
33  Honolulu International USA HNL 24,044,293 -1.2
34  Madrid Barajas Spain MAD 23,601,727 +8.0
35  Charlotte Douglas International USA CLT 22,797,594 +4.3
36  Philadelphia International USA PHL 22,446,692 +16.2
37  New York La Guardia USA LGA 21,595,336 +0.4
38  Salt Lake City International USA SLC 21,108,512 +14.2
39  Pittsburgh International USA PIT 20,759,723 +1.1
40  Sydney Kingsford Smith International Australia SYD 20,621,826 +2.8
41  Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International USA CVG 20,366,500 +8.0
42  Zurich Kloten Switzerland ZRH 18,291,882 +12.6
43  Munich Franz Josef Strauss Germany MUC 17,894,704 +14.1
44  Mexico City Benito Juarez International Mexico MEX 17,833,094 +9.6
45  Beijing International China PEK 16,907,954 +3.2
46  Copenhagen Kastrup Denmark CPH 16,837,115 +6.2
47  Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan International Spain PMI 16,557,622 +7.7
48  Manchester International UK MAN 16,167,915 +9.1
49  Kuala Lumpur International Malaysia KUL 16,020,704 +10.1
50  Taipei Chiang Kai Shek International Taiwan TPE 15,993,293 +2.4

Source: Airports Council International (ACI)