Asian Airports Knock JFK Off List Of Busiest Ports

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Airports in Asia booted New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport off the list of the top 20 busiest ports in 2017, according to a ranking released Monday.

JFK was dropped from the Airports Council International (ACI) list of the top 20 busiest airports due to an increase in passenger traffic at Asian airports, according to The New York Post.

The bustling NYC airport previously came in 16th place in 2016. However, India’s Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi replaced JFK for the spot, according to USA Today. The busy airport in India’s capital city was previously in 22nd place in the 2016 listing.

“Delhi, the country’s busiest airport for passenger traffic, grew by 14.1% every year, pushing it up from 22nd to the 16th busiest airport in the world. Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai also ranked among the fastest growing airports in the world. Year-over-year growth of 26.9%, 19.6%, 12.9% and 10.5% (in these cities) respectively was achieved in 2017,” the ACI said, reported The Times of India.

The ACI analyzed 1,202 airports around the world to craft its list. Many Asian airports demonstrated growth in passenger traffic, according to the preliminary 2017 ranking. Beijing airport had 95,786,442 passengers in 2017, which grew 1.5 percent and remained in second place. Dubai International Aiport had 88,242,099 passengers in 2017 growing by 5.5 percent, remaining in third place. Tokyo Haneda had 85,408,975 passengers in 2017 with a 6 percent increase.

Atlanta remains in first place of the top 20 rank with 103,902,992 passengers in 2017.

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