There will be more airline capacity flying out of Beijing this quarter than the traditional ‘world’s busiest airport’ Atlanta. Airline Weekly reports on airline schedule data from Diio Mi:
This does not mean Beijing will be the world’s “busiest” airport in terms of number of passengers or flights.
- Atlanta is likely to have more passengers (higher load factors, there will be more empty seats flying out of Beijing).
- There will also be more flights (there are more smaller planes flying from Atlanta).
Five of the top 10 airports are in Asia, one is in Europe and one in the Mideast. Three are in the U.S. Interestingly though only one of the top 10 airports for seat growth is in Asia, Chongqing, China.
United Airlines Houston
The two airports in the top 10 for airline seat growth in the U.S. are Denver and Houston — both United hubs. United has been working to build up connectivity through its hubs, while Denver has strong low cost carrier competition and Houston is aided by high energy prices.