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Europe's Busiest Airports

We made a list of Europe's 50 busiest airports. Name the cities they serve.
# = 2018 passengers. Source
One city is only partially in Europe
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Last updated: December 27, 2019
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First submittedJanuary 16, 2013
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City
80.1 m
London (Heathrow)
72.2 m
Paris (Charles de Gaulle)
71.0 m
Amsterdam
69.5 m
Frankfurt
68.0 m
Istanbul (Atatürk)
57.9 m
Madrid
50.2 m
Barcelona
46.3 m
Munich
46.1 m
London (Gatwick)
45.3 m
Moscow (Sheremetyevo)
43.0 m
Rome
33.1 m
Paris (Orly)
31.5 m
Dublin
31.1 m
Zürich
30.3 m
Copenhagen
29.4 m
Moscow (Domodedovo)
29.1 m
Palma de Mallorca
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City
29.0 m
Lisbon
28.5 m
Oslo
28.3 m
Manchester
28.0 m
London (Stansted)
27.0 m
Vienna
26.8 m
Stockholm
25.7 m
Brussels
24.7 m
Milan (Malpensa)
24.3 m
Düsseldorf
24.1 m
Athens
22.0 m
Berlin (Tegel)
21.5 m
Moscow (Vnukovo)
20.8 m
Helsinki
19.0 m
Málaga
18.1 m
Saint Petersburg
17.8 m
Warsaw
17.7 m
Geneva
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City
17.2 m
Hamburg
16.8 m
Prague
16.8 m
London (Luton)
14.9 m
Budapest
14.3 m
Edinburgh
14.0 m
Alicante
13.9 m
Nice
13.8 m
Bucharest
13.0 m
Cologne / Bonn
12.9 m
Milan (Orio al Serio)
12.7 m
Berlin (Schönefeld)
12.6 m
Kyiv
12.4 m
Birmingham
11.9 m
Porto
11.8 m
Stuttgart
11.2 m
Venice
11.0 m
Lyon
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Level 82
Feb 28, 2014
:( almost got the entire first column.. just missed Palma de Malljorca. Missed 3 in column 2 and 5 in column 3. Good quiz reless.
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Level 67
Feb 28, 2014
It was exactly the same for me. xD
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Level 77
May 17, 2014
I missed Palma, then Geneva and Hamburg and 5 in the last column. I don't think I got a single vacation destination..
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Level 58
Aug 2, 2014
1/1/5 missed Nice, Bonn and 5 beach towns. Fun quiz!
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Level 82
Feb 11, 2017
got everything this time
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Level 82
Mar 17, 2019
but after the update I missed 2 including Palma again. :P
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Level 16
Feb 23, 2017
got all in the first column just missed zurich
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Level 22
Feb 28, 2014
Desperately tried to enter Kiev and after checking, you are absolutely right not having it on the list. Only if you added up the traffic of both airports you'd make it to the ilst. Enjoyed the quiz!
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Level 32
Feb 28, 2014
I totally blanked on Berlin.
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Level 75
Nov 22, 2020
There's a hilarious HAI video on YouTube about the shambolic attempt to revamp Berlin's airports, you must check it out....! You don't normally associate the Germans with that level of incompetence and chaos.
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Level 69
Jun 4, 2023
Weird comment
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Level 42
Mar 10, 2024
Berlin now only has one airport
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Level 24
Aug 7, 2014
Got 50/50 with time to spare.
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Level 89
Mar 17, 2019
If I got 51 of the required answers out of the 50 in the title does that Trump you?
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2019
The quiz may have had 50 answers 5 years ago.
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Level 58
Nov 9, 2019
Alright smart guy
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Level 55
Nov 24, 2015
Aughh I thought I entered Geneva and Munich, but apparently that was in the last quiz...darn it.
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Level 43
Mar 18, 2019
heppens to me all the time
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Level 43
Mar 18, 2019
*happens
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Level 75
Nov 22, 2020
*to
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Level 36
Sep 3, 2016
I missed Venice...
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Level 63
Feb 7, 2017
46/50, missed Palma de Mallorca, Stuttgart, Alicante, and Málaga.
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Level 73
Nov 6, 2017
I got Stuttgart, but missed the other three plus Birmingham. I don't think I would've ever gotten them.
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Level 36
Aug 12, 2021
Oh im opposite i got birmingham
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Level 67
Feb 11, 2017
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_busiest_airports_in_Europe
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Level 48
Feb 11, 2017
Can you accept 'Copenhagan' please?
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Level 34
Feb 11, 2017
yeah
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Level 71
Apr 8, 2020
Why though?
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Level 49
Feb 11, 2017
I guess not many people go to Murmansk... Oh well. :P
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Level 41
Jun 10, 2017
It is in the arctic circle after all...
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Level 74
Mar 18, 2019
And full of rusting nuclear submarines. Except the one that caught fire...the good news it's not rusting anymore.
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Level 73
Apr 25, 2019
Thanks to you I spent some lovely time learning more about Murmansk. It is a beautiful city in its own way. I once lived at 65 degrees north so I have always been interested in the Arctic.
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Level 65
Feb 11, 2017
I missed Palma, Cologne, and Nice :-/
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Level 58
Feb 11, 2017
All very logical considering city size, population and economic importance. Therefore, pretty surprised Naples does not make the list (?)
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Level 82
Feb 12, 2017
Maybe it's too close to Rome.
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Level 47
Feb 12, 2017
Maybe, it is the largest city in Europe that doesn't have an airline hub.
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Level 71
May 4, 2017
What about NAP?
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Level 82
Mar 17, 2019
The airport is also quite close to city centre, no place or desire for growth maybe.

Anyway the next airports missing are quite expected, #52-70: Catania, Naples, Reykjavik, Glasgow, Toulouse, Marseille, Milan-Linate, Bristol, Faro, Basel, Bologna, Ibiza, Iraklia. Brussels-Charleroi, Valencia, Riga, Sofia, Malta, Gothenburg

Among these Naples had the highest growth (15.8%!) and jumped 6 places, so maybe next year we'll see it here. Only Vnukovo and Boryspil had higher growth in TOP51.

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Level 77
Feb 11, 2017
fairly telling about European economics and income distribution . . .
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Level 73
Feb 12, 2017
Wow, Schiphol now has almost as many passengers as Charles de Gaulle. Frankly, this is deserved. From Northern France, I prefer to go to Schiphol because it's so much better than CDG (Terminal 2E is godforsaken).
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Level 43
Feb 16, 2017
Completely meant to type in Dublin while I was typing in the rest of the British Isles locations. But then I also missed Birmingham...
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Level 71
Mar 8, 2017
I was surprised that Edinburgh got in but not Glasgow.
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Level 57
May 25, 2017
Check my new "Best airports 2016" by Lonely Planet. Glasgow is on well situated on that list..
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Level 73
Apr 25, 2018
Yeah, me too. When Glasgow didn't come up I didn't even bother trying Edinburgh.
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Level 56
Jan 4, 2021
Ditto!
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Level 74
May 1, 2017
Funny how the source actually includes the Canary Islands as part of Europe (being Spain and all), rather than Africa, but then again all of Turkey is included in the source as well and we are back to our favourite discussion on where Europe starts and ends :)
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Level 82
Mar 17, 2019
Now it doesn't, maybe before the source wasn't Wikipedia.
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Level 35
Feb 13, 2018
47/50, missed Palma, Geneva and Alicante. :)
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Level 71
Aug 11, 2018
Very surprised to see Alicante on here. Only 300K population and shrinking, and I never hear people talking about traveling there. I would guess it's a popular short trip for Spaniards... can any Spaniards confirm?
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Level 47
Aug 11, 2018
People might not go to Alicante itself on holiday, but it is close to lots of beach resorts. Only 20% of its passengers are domestic.
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Level 82
Mar 17, 2019
People travel to Benidorm and other resorts on Costa Blanca, including Alicante.
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Level 52
Aug 19, 2019
Alacant as a city doesn't offer much but its coastline is very exploited in terms of tourist-appealing resort cities such as Dénia, Calp, La Vila Joiosa, Benidorm or Altea.
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Level 82
Mar 17, 2019
Next year the list will look a bit funny, with Istanbul changing airports
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Level 43
Mar 18, 2019
Don't know why but I never even considered doing popular resort/beach towns like Palma and Alicante, it should've occurred to me.
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Level 35
Apr 29, 2019
Got them all.
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Level 75
May 13, 2019
Missed a few I should have remembered - Prague, Stuttgart, Warsaw, Lyon, but I couldn't have remembered Alicante because I've never heard of it. Looked it up and it appears to be a beautiful, historical place.
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Level 79
May 15, 2019
Shouldn't the description be '51 busiest airports'?
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Level 79
Apr 3, 2020
I think it should.
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Level 54
Jun 9, 2019
First time i missed porto. Unbelievable. I know many big cities and popular destinations but how Come porto is here but not glasgow
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Level 25
Jun 20, 2020
Because lots of people want to go to Portugal, but nobody wants to go to Scotland.
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Level 75
Nov 22, 2020
username checks out
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Level 46
Aug 23, 2019
I was a little surprised to see Ataturk on here, but then remembered that it is in that little smidge of europe across the bosphorus :)
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Level 38
Dec 27, 2019
Please correct order of Moscow airports. Since about 2014 Sheremetyevo has had greater passenger traffic than Domodedovo. Vnukovo, as of now, the third biggest airport of Moscow still.
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Level ∞
Dec 27, 2019
Okay
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Level 61
Apr 6, 2020
49/51 How could I forget Berlin!! Nice quiz. It seems everyone forgets Geneva :), but I go there in the summers.
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Level 45
Apr 27, 2020
I missed Prague, Vienna, Stockholm, Cologne...

but incorrectly guessed Ljubljana, Jersey, Versailles, Dubrovnik, and Thessaloniki...

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Level 25
Jun 20, 2020
I reckon I might be the only person to get Porto but not Lisbon.
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Level 55
Aug 30, 2020
Really interesting quiz that makes you think.
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Level 78
Sep 3, 2020
47/51, nice quiz.
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Level 75
Nov 22, 2020
"European Cities Quiz"
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Level 59
Jan 16, 2021
Missed four of them...Prague was one...
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Level 58
Aug 12, 2021
Great quiz!
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Level 84
Nov 25, 2021
Atatürk no longer handles commercial passenger traffic but has been replaced by the Istanbul New Airport.
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Level 63
Jan 27, 2022
"Porto? No, they'd just go to Lisbon" "Bruh"
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Level 57
Jan 31, 2022
Missed none in the first column, 3 in the second, and 4 in the third. Great quiz!
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Level 38
Mar 16, 2022
This quiz was not very challenging because it allowed the guessing of city names, rather than the airport names only. So it basically became a "list the top cities in Europe"
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Level 82
Apr 4, 2022
Many of these are not "top cities in Europe" but rather top tourist destinations. Others are commercial air travel hubs whose airport traffic is larger than the size of the cities they service.
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Level 68
Jul 27, 2022
you should probably take Kyiv off the list.
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2022
A lot of Spanish airports!
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Level 74
Jul 22, 2023
This needs updating. Berlin (Tegel) for example doesn't exist anymore.
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Level 39
Sep 8, 2023
missed 7, proud of me though
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Level 43
Oct 2, 2023
good quiz! you just made one little mistake: Orio al Serio is in Bergamo, not in Milan