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