As the aviation industry continues to face difficulties in demand and low profit margins, airlines are having to reduce their operational costs to improve revenue.
The result? Incredibly busy airports.
Catching wind of this, Lastminute.com has done some research and drawn up a graph comparing the number of flights that take off and land per hour versus the number of passengers per hour at some of the world’s busiest airports.
To those that loath both airports and crowds, consider this article your travel bible.
Most interestingly, the report found that the number of flights per hour in Dubai, Hong Kong and Beijing is almost half of the total amount of flights in other airports that transport the same or less passengers such as Atlanta or Chicago.
As well as this, US airports included in this ranking have the highest air traffic per year at 4,156,751 while Asian airports have 63 per cent (2,751,600) less flights during the same time.
It also found that rapid growth of air travel in Asia is changing the industry.
Middle East–based airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways are dominating growth in the long-haul market due to the unique geographic positioning.
The larger planes required for long-hall flights allows these airlines to carry more passengers per flight and reduce their operational costs.
Looking to the future, we will continue to see bigger planes with more passengers in coming years.
Chicago O’Hare, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Dallas International and Frankfurt airports are already following this trend and reduced the number of flights per day in 2016.
Some carriers such as Emirates and Qantas Airways have been investing in new technology to build lighter and bigger aircrafts that consume less fuel.
Check out the results here: