Dubai International Airport Retains Title as World’s Busiest International Airport for Ninth Consecutive Year with Over 66 Million Passengers in 2022


For the ninth consecutive year, Dubai International (DXB) Airport has maintained its status as the world’s busiest international airport, as reported by the Airports Council International (ACI) World. The airport served a total of 66,069,981 passengers in 2022, showing a remarkable 127% YoY increase. Following DXB on the list were London’s LHR, Amsterdam’s AMS, Paris’ CDG, and Istanbul’s IST airports. DXB’s CEO, Paul Griffiths, expressed his excitement and credited the airport’s preparedness and collaboration for delivering a superior airport experience to passengers. 

India, Saudi Arabia, and the UK were the top destination countries for DXB, with London, Riyadh, and Mumbai being the busiest cities. ACI’s preliminary figures indicated that global passenger traffic was close to 7 billion, representing a significant increase from 2021 and a 73.8% recovery from 2019. By 2040, the ACI forecasts that the number of global passengers will reach 19.7 billion, requiring Middle Eastern airports to invest around $151bn in capacity expansion to accommodate the expected growth.