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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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First submittedJanuary 16, 2013
Last updatedMarch 17, 2019
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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 (Domodedovo)
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 (Sheremetyevo)
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
Kiev
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 76
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 58
Feb 28, 2014
It was exactly the same for me. xD
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level 81
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 62
Aug 2, 2014
1/1/5 missed Nice, Bonn and 5 beach towns. Fun quiz!
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level 76
Feb 11, 2017
got everything this time
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level 76
Mar 17, 2019
but after the update I missed 2 including Palma again. :P
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level 18
Feb 23, 2017
got all in the first column just missed zurich
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level 25
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 18
Aug 7, 2014
Got 50/50 with time to spare.
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level 70
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 60
Mar 17, 2019
The quiz may have had 50 answers 5 years ago.
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level 58
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 45
Mar 18, 2019
heppens to me all the time
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level 45
Mar 18, 2019
*happens
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level 26
Sep 3, 2016
I missed Venice...
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level 49
Feb 7, 2017
46/50, missed Palma de Mallorca, Stuttgart, Alicante, and Málaga.
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level 66
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 62
Feb 11, 2017
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_busiest_airports_in_Europe
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level 45
Feb 11, 2017
Can you accept 'Copenhagan' please?
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level 26
Feb 11, 2017
yeah
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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 44
Jun 10, 2017
It is in the arctic circle after all...
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level 75
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 65
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 63
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 73
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 67
May 4, 2017
What about NAP?
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level 73
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 67
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 47
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 67
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 60
Apr 25, 2018
Yeah, me too. When Glasgow didn't come up I didn't even bother trying Edinburgh.
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level 66
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 73
Mar 17, 2019
Now it doesn't, maybe before the source wasn't Wikipedia.
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level 39
Feb 13, 2018
47/50, missed Palma, Geneva and Alicante. :)
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level 59
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 73
Mar 17, 2019
People travel to Benidorm and other resorts on Costa Blanca, including Alicante.
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level 54
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 73
Mar 17, 2019
Next year the list will look a bit funny, with Istanbul changing airports
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level 45
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 39
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 56
May 15, 2019
Shouldn't the description be '51 busiest airports'?
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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 41
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 :)