18 APRIL 2016
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Dubai has overtaken Heathrow to become the world’s third busiest airport according to new figures for 2015 and is considered certain to take the top spot within the next decade if current growth rates continue.
Dubai handled more than 78m passengers last year, an increase of 10.7% on 2014, according to Airports Council International.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield–Jackson International, which has topped the list every year since 1998, is still the busiest, with more than 100m passengers for the first time in 2015, a 5.1% increase on the previous year.
Beijing Capital International remains in second place, while O’Hare International in Chicago and Tokyo Haneda as well as Heathrow have all fallen to make room for Dubai.
Los Angeles International, Hong Kong International, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Dallas/Fort Worth complete the top 10.
The world's best airport, as against the busiest, according to the latest poll, is Singapore Changi Airport, where facilities include two free 24hr cinemas and a butterfly garden with 1,000 species and a waterfall.
Incheon International, Seoul, which features gardens, free showers and a sauna, is second, while Munich, which boasts its own beer garden with chestnut trees and a maypole, takes the third slot. www.aci.aero
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