10. Atatürk International Airport – 41.1m (2016)
Istanbul’s biggest airport, and the main hub for Turkish Airlines, has grown even more rapidly than Dubai. It welcomed 11.4m total passengers in 2002, a figure that rose to 60.1m last year.
9. Suvarnabhumi Airport – 46m (2016)
Bangkok’s main airport opened in 2006 and is the main hub for Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, and Orient Thai Airlines.
8. Incheon International Airport – 48.7m (2015)
Total annual traffic at the South Korean airport has grown from 14.5m in 2001 to 49.3m in 2015.
7. Frankfurt Airport – 54m (2015)
Germany’s largest airport is also the biggest in the world in terms of total international destinations served. Total passenger numbers of 61m make it the 12th busiest airport overall.
6. Singapore Changi Airport – 54.8m (2015)
Needless to say, international passengers account for all of Singapore’s traffic – it is a city state, after all.
5. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – 58.2m (2015)
It is one of the world’s most elderly airports, having been established as a military airbase in 1916 and used by civilian aircraft since 1920.
4. Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport – 60.4m (2015)
Paris-Charles de Gaulle is fourth in terms of international passengers. Its busiest routes are to New York JFK, Heathrow, Barcelona El Prat and Dubai, while Air France is its biggest customer.
3. Hong Kong International Airport – 68.1m (2015)
Built on the island of Chek Lap Kok, on reclaimed land, Hong Kong International opened in 1998. It has grown in size by 153 per cent since 2002, when it handled just 27m passengers.
2. London Heathrow Airport – 71m (2016)
The busiest airport in Europe welcomed just over 30m fliers in 1985 – now that figure stands at more than 70m. .
1. Dubai International Airport – 77.5m (2015)
As outlined above, Dubai remains the world’s busiest in terms of international passengers, and third busiest overall (behind Beijing Capital and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta).