Busiest airports worldwide for 25 of the world’s most popular commercial aircraft revealed

Airbus’s A340 was only operating from 149 airports worldwide this summer. However, the airport with the most weekly departures for the type was Madrid, where Iberia still operates 17 of the four-engined aircraft.

Airbus’ A340 was only operating from 149 airports worldwide this summer. However, the airport with the most weekly departures for the type was Madrid, where Iberia still operates 17 of the four-engined aircraft. Photo courtesy of Rene Kelleway.

Every now and then anna.aero’s data elves come up with some ideas of their own for stories. As most people in our industry can probably guess, if you want to see lots of A380s landing and taking off the place to go is Dubai as Emirates operates 87 of the 200 megajumbos so far delivered to the world’s airlines. But which airports, our data eleves wondered, should you visit if you wanted to see other popular types of modern commercial aircraft? First of all we thought we would see which aircraft types featured at the most number of airports worldwide. Not surprisingly the two leading contenders were the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737-800, the only two aircraft types that operate from over 1,000 airports in the peak summer period, the week commencing 1 August 2016. Falling just short of 1,000 airports is the Airbus A319 which features at 944 airports. Regional jets and turboprops feature prominently in our top 12 aircraft types, though we have been a little generous to them by lumping together types with a high degree of commonality, which we did not do for the main Airbus and Boeing narrow-body types.
Where to spot your favourite aircraft type

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 1 August 2016.

No wide-body aircraft type makes the top 12. The Airbus A330 and its variants lead the way appearing at 361 airports with Boeing’s 767-series operating from 318 airports. The more modern 777-series features at 259 airports while the even more recent 787-series can now be found at 219 airports. Boeing’s iconic 747 is now only operating from 100 airports, though that’s still nearly twice as many airports as where the A380 can be spotted, which stood at just 55 airports during the summer.

747 fans should head for Frankfurt or London Heathrow

But which airports should you visit if you really want to see a lot of one particular aircraft type? The following table ranks the number of weekly departures by airport for a wide range of aircraft types.
Aircraft type #1 airport #2 airport #3 airport Total airports
Airbus A318 Paris CDG (CDG) – 337 Bogota (BOG) – 203 Bucharest (OTP) – 63 77
Airbus A319 London Gatwick (LGW) – 938 London Heathrow (LHR) – 852 Charlotte Douglas (CLT) – 793 944
Airbus A320 Delhi (DEL) – 1698 Shanghai Pudong (PVG) – 1496 Barcelona (BCN – 1495 1323
Airbus A321 Istanbul Atatürk (IST) – 1261 Beijing (PEK) – 1000 Frankfurt (FRA) – 834 626
Airbus A330 Hong Kong (HKG) – 1076 Beijing (PEK) – 989 Seoul Incheon (ICN) – 576 361
Airbus A340 Madrid (MAD) – 117 Munich (MUC) – 106 Johannesburg (JNB) – 87 149
Airbus A350 Singapore (SIN) – 62 Doha (DOH) – 58 Hong Kong (HKG) – 42 36
Airbus A380 Dubai (DXB) – 501 London Heathrow (LHR) – 199 Singapore (SIN) – 122 55
ATR 72 Kuala Lumpur (SZB) – 357 Gran Canaria (LPA) – 339 Tenerife North (TFN) – 327 713
Boeing 737-700 Chicago Midway (MDW) – 1367 Las Vegas (LAS) – 1066 Baltimore/Washington (BWI) – 1037 646
Boeing 737-800 Beijing (PEK) – 1820 Jakarta (CGK) – 1740 Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) – 1731 1224
Boeing 737-900 Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) – 809 Jakarta (CGK) – 784 Atlanta (ATL) – 509 329
Boeing 747 Frankfurt (FRA) – 210 London Heathrow (LHR) – 209 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) – 115 100
Boeing 757 Atlanta (ATL) – 586 Los Angeles (LAX) – 374 New York Newark (EWR) – 364 283
Boeing 767 Tokyo Haneda (HND) – 792 New York JFK (JFK) – 308 Tokyo Narita (NRT) – 264 318
Boeing 777 Dubai (DXB) – 1337 Tokyo Haneda (HND) – 933 Hong Kong (HKG) – 615 259
Boeing 787 Tokyo Haneda (HND) – 389 Tokyo Narita (NRT) – 309 London Heathrow (LHR) – 293 219
Bombardier CRJ 100/200 Chicago O'Hare (ORD) – 1383 Denver (DEN) – 1241 Detroit (DTW) – 1134 539
Bombardier CRJ 700 Chicago O'Hare (ORD) – 924 Denver (DEN) – 444 New York LaGuardia (LGA) – 442 251
Bombardier CRJ 900 Charlotte Douglas (CLT) – 1126 Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – 866 Detroit (DTW) – 600 420
Bombardier Q400 Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) – 875 Toronto City (YTZ) – 585 Portland (PDX) – 546 454
Embraer ERJ 135/140/145 Chicago O'Hare (ORD) – 2307 Houston Intercontinental (IAH) – 1053 Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – 894 421
Embraer E170/E175 Chicago O'Hare (ORD) –900 Houston Intercontinental (IAH) – 790 Los Angeles (LAX) – 725 422
Embraer E190/E195 Amsterdam (AMS) – 726 Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP) – 679 Boston (BOS) – 660 723
Sukhoi Superjet Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) – 318 Mexico City (MEX) – 261 Monterrey (MTY) – 50 101
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 1 August 2016.
Several airports feature more than once, notably Atlanta, Beijing, Charlotte Douglas, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston Intercontinental, Jakarta, London Heathrow, Singapore and both Tokyo airports. For enthusiasts of older aircraft types; Atlanta is the place for 717s and McDonnell Douglas MD80-series aircraft, Sydney for Saab 340/2000s, Curacao for Fokker 50s and Perth for Fokker 100s.
Where to spot your favourite aircraft type

If you are a fan of turboprop aircraft, in particular the ATR 72, then Kuala Lumpur’s old Subang Airport is the place to go to see them. Malaysian carrier firefly currently operates 21 of the type. Or if that’s too far to go, try either Gran Canaria or Tenerife North in the Canary Islands where the type is popular with Binter Canarias.


Comments

  1. Dave C says:

    Would be interesting to see what this report would have looked like 10-15 years ago.

  2. Anurag Jain says:

    Fantastic insights. It’d also be interesting to see:
    1. Country-wise breakup of aircraft type bases.
    2. Airport-wise breakup of aircraft type bases.

    Thanks. Love anna.aero!

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