World’s busiest airport in 2017? Atlanta! Again.


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which hosted almost 104 million passengers last year, has once again been tagged as the World’s Busiest Airport by Airports Council International (ACI), which has released it preliminary list for 2017.

Also in the Top Ten for 2017: Los Angeles International Airport (#5) and Chicago O’Hare (#6).

ACI extrapolates this list, and a few others, based on monthly data submissions by 1,202, of the world’s major commercial airports.

Here’s the rest of the list of airport’s around the world that made it onto ACI’s list of the World’s 20th  Busiest.

According to ACI, passenger traffic at the world’s 20 busiest airports grew by 5.2 percent in 2017. With almost 1.5 billion passengers passing through their terminals in 2017, this group of 20 represents 17 percent of global passenger traffic

  1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (Also ranked #1 in 2016)
  2. Beijing (PEK) (Ranked 2 in 2016)
  3. Dubai (DXB) (Ranked 3 in 2016)
  4. Tokyo Haneda (HND)
  5. Los Angeles (LAX)
  6. Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
  7. London Heathrow (LHR)
  8. Hong Kong (HKG)
  9. Shanghai (PVG)
  10. Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
  11. Amsterdam (AMS)
  12. Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
  13. Guanzhou, China (CAN)
  14. Frankfurt (FRA)
  15. Istanbul (IST)
  16. New Delhi (DEL)
  17. Jakarta (CGK)
  18. Singpore (SIN)
  19. Incheon (ICN)
  20. Denver (DEN)

What would make your trip to the airport more fun?

(Early flying car – the Aerocar)

I’m excited, honored – and a bit nervous – about being a moderator for several sessions during Monday’s Passenger Experience Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

The topics my presenters will be tackling in the Covergence and Mobility stream range from how mobile technology might better (or ever) tie together the many ways we now have to travel through the world (bikes, taxis, car share, trains, planes, etc…) to how – and when – we might eat or do other things along the way.

I’ll be sharing notes, pictures and musings here and on Twitter (@hbaskas) about these presentations and the new and exciting products and ideas that are presented throughout the week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo and several related events being held in Hamburg this week.

Standy by and please feel free to send your questions to me here – or via Twitter (@hbaskas) – about what’s in store for getting to and from airports and for flying on airplanes.



Snaps from a visit to an airport bag well

As part of research for an upcoming story, I spent two days visiting the ‘bag well’ at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport finding out what happens to your checked lugagge once you hand it over to your airline.

The short version: your bag travels on a freeway-like conveyor system that sends the bag to and through a TSA explosives detection machine and then back to the airline for sorting so can be sent to your airplane and loaded onto it.  The bag tag is scanned multiple times along the way to keep tabs on its whereabouts.

Here are some snaps from my adventure. Stay tuned for the full story.



World’s Best Airport? Changi clinches it again

For the sixth year in a row, Singapore’s Changi Airport has been named the World’s Best Airport by Skytrax, which tallied 13.73 million surveys covering passenger experiences in 550 airports worldwide for the 2018 World Airport Awards.

Changi Airport also topped the list for the World Best Airport Leisure Amenities and the Crown Plaza Changi once again took top spot in the World’s Best Airport Hotel category.

Vancouver International was named the Best Airport in North America and the Fairmont Vancouver Airport the Best Airport Hotel in North America.

Denver International Airport came in first for Best Regional Airport in North America.

The surveys ask travelers to evaluate airports in almost 40 categories, covering everything from check-in, shopping and dining to cleanliness, staff courtesy, entertainment, signage and WiFi service.

Here are the winners in just some of the many categories in this year’s awards:

The World’s Top 10 Airports

Changi Airport – Terminal 4

Singapore Changi
Tokyo Haneda
Hong Kong
Doha Hamad
Chubu Centrair Nagoya
London Heathrow

Best Airports in North America

Toronto Pearson
San Francisco
Dallas/Fort Worth

Best Regional Airport: North America

Minneapolis-St. Paul
Houston – Hobby
Toronto City

The World’s Cleanest Airports

Tokyo Haneda
Centrair Nagoya
Taiwan Taoyuan
Singapore Changi
Tokyo Narita
Hong Kong
Doha Hamad

The World’s Best Airport Hotels

Crowne Plaza Changi
Pullman Guangzhou Airport
Hilton Munich Airport
Fairmont Vancouver Airport
Sofitel London Heathrow
Hong Kong Sky City Marriott
Langham Place Beijing
Regal Airport Hong Kong
Sheraton Amsterdam Airport
Hilton Frankfurt Airport

Pot amnesty boxes land at McCarran Int’l Airport in Las Vegas

Courtesy McCarran Int’l Airport

While it is not legal to purchase recreational marijuana in Nevada, don’t bring any leftover pot wity you to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

A county ordinance forbids the possession – or advertising – of marijuana on any Clark County airport property, so in addition to notices on the airport’s website, there are now amensy boxes installed at key locations at McCarran, including at the airport’s consolidated car rental facility.

And don’t try messing with the boxes to get the pot someone else has discarded.

The bins are bolted to the ground and have a one-way drawer that drops deposits into the bin.