Whether you're a frequent flier or have only flown on a passenger aircraft once in your life, here are five things to know about passenger planes. Reps for Dubai International Airport (DXB) welcomed over 89 million passengers in 2018, retaining its crown as the world's busiest air hub for international travel for the fifth year running. People are walking on both levels. A grand total of 89,149,387 people used the airport last year, as per Dubai media outlet Gulf News, up from 88.2 million the year prior. According to the outlet, major source market countries with registered passengers include India, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, China, the U.S. and Russia.
A classical violinist played for passengers waiting in line Friday morning at the main security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Wait times were estimated at 15 to 30 minutes, about average for the world's busiest airport. But over recent days, the lines have been much longer. As the Transportation Security Administration works to maintain adequate staffing levels during the partial government shutdown, wait times are hard to predict. Many passengers are showing up well in advance of their scheduled flights just to play it safe.
Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International has defended its long-standing title as the world's busiest airport according to preliminary traffic data released by Airports Council International (ACI) on Monday. The Delta hub saw more than 100 million passengers pass through its terminals last year, an increase of 5.5 percent from 2014 figures. Beijing Capital International Airport which nabbed the second spot saw 89 million passengers last year. The report notes that the Chinese airport was poised to unseat the reigning 18-year champion but fell short in 2015. "While Beijing was poised to close the gap on Atlanta by 2015, it no longer benefits from the double-digit growth it enjoyed in previous years, and as such remains in second position," says the report.