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What are the world’s busiest airports?

Airport trade group Airports Council International released its preliminary figures for 2016 on Wednesday (April 19, 2017). Final figures will come later this year, though no changes in the rankings are expected. Here are the world's 20 busiest airports as determined by the group.

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By passengers (preliminary)

1. Atlanta (ATL): 104,171,935 passengers (up 2.6%). Rank in 2015: 1st

2. Beijing (PEK): 94,393,454 passengers (up 5%). Rank in 2015: 2nd

3. Dubai International (DXB): 83,654,250 passengers (up 7.2%). Rank in 2015: 3rd

4. Los Angeles (LAX): 80,921,527 passengers (up 8%). Rank in 2015: 7th

5. Tokyo Haneda (HND): 79,699,762 passengers (up 5.5%). Rank in 2015: 5th

6. Chicago O’Hare (ORD): 77,960,588 passengers (up 1.3%). Rank in 2015: 4th

7. London Heathrow (LHR): 75,715,474 passengers (up 1%). Rank in 2015: 6th

8. Hong Kong (HKG) 70,305,857 passengers (up 3%). Rank in 2015: 8th

9. Shanghai (PVG) 66,002,414 passengers (up 9.8%). Rank in 2015: 13th

10. Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG): 65,933,145 passengers (up 0.3%). Rank in 2015: 9th

11. Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW): 65,670,697 passengers (up 0.2%). Rank in 2015: 10th

12. Amsterdam (AMS): 63,625,534 passengers (up 9.2%). Rank in 2015: 14th

13. Frankfurt (FRA): 60,786,937 passengers (down 0.4%). Rank in 2015: 12th

14. Istanbul (IST): 60,119,876 passengers (down 1.9%). Rank in 2015: 11th

15. Guangzhou, China (CAN): 59,732,147 passengers (up 8.2%). Rank in 2015: 17th

16. New York JFK (JFK): 58,873,386 passengers (up 3.5%). Rank in 2015: 15th

17. Singapore (SIN): 58,698,000 passengers (up 5.9%). Rank in 2015: 16th

18. Denver (DEN): 58,266,515 passengers (up 7.9%). Rank in 2015: 19th

19. Seoul Incheon (ICN): 57,849,814 passengers (up 17.1%). Rank in 2015: 22nd

20. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK): 55,892,428 passengers (up 5.7%). Rank in 2015: 20th

Source: Airports Council International (ACI)

IN PICTURES: Behind the scenes at LAX (list continues below)

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By 'aircraft movements' (preliminary)

1. Atlanta (ATL): 898,356 movements. Rank in 2015: 1st

2. Chicago (ORD): 867,635 movements. Rank in 2015: 2nd

3. Los Angeles (LAX): 697,138 movements. Rank in 2015: 4th

4. Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW): 672,748 movements. Rank in 2015: 3rd

5. Beijing Capital (PEK): 606,-86 movements. Rank in 2015: 5th

6. Denver (DEN): 565,503 movements. Rank in 2015: 7th

7. Charlotte (CLT): 545,742 movements. Rank in 2015: 6th

8. Amsterdam (AMS): 496,256 movements. Rank in 2015: 13th

9. Shanghai (PVG): 479,902 movements. Rank in 2015: 15th

10. Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG): 479,199 movements. Rank in 2015: 10th

11. London Heathrow (LHR): 474,983 movements. Rank in 2015: 11th

12. Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH): 470,780 movements. Rank in 2015: 9th

13. Istanbul (IST): 465,289 movements. Rank in 2015: 14th

14. Frankfurt (FRA): 462,885 movements. Rank in 2015: 12th

15. Toronto Pearson (YYZ): 456,536 movements. Rank in 2015: 16th

16. San Francisco (SFO): 450,388 movements. Rank in 2015: 20th

17. Las Vegas (LAS): 448,458 movements. Rank in 2015: 8th

18. New York JFK (JFK): 448,354 movements. Rank in 2015: 18th

19. Mexico City (MEX): 448,181 movements. Rank in 2015: 21st

20. Tokyo Haneda (HND): 445,822 movements. Rank in 2015: 19th

Source: Airports Council International (ACI)

IN PICTURES: Planespotting at SFO (list continues below)

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