World's Busiest Airports

Can you name the cities that are served by the world's 50 busiest airports?
Based on # passengers, 2018. Source.
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Last updated: October 24, 2019
First submittedAugust 20, 2012
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City
107 m
Atlanta
101 m
Beijing
89.1 m
Dubai
87.5 m
Los Angeles
87.5 m
Tokyo (Haneda)
83.3 m
Chicago
80.1 m
London (Heathrow)
74.5 m
Hong Kong
74.0 m
Shanghai (Pudong)
72.2 m
Paris
71.0 m
Amsterdam
69.9 m
Delhi
69.8 m
Guangzhou
69.5 m
Frankfurt
69.1 m
Dallas
68.4 m
Seoul
68.2 m
Istanbul
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City
66.9 m
Jakarta
65.6 m
Singapore
64.5 m
Denver
63.4 m
Bangkok
61.6 m
New York (JFK)
60.0 m
Kuala Lumpur
57.9 m
Madrid
57.7 m
San Francisco
53.0 m
Chengdu
50.1 m
Barcelona
49.9 m
Mumbai
49.9 m
Las Vegas
49.8 m
Seattle
49.5 m
Toronto
49.3 m
Shenzhen
47.7 m
Mexico City
47.7 m
Orlando
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City
47.2 m
Kunming
46.6 m
Taipei
46.4 m
Charlotte
46.4 m
London (Gatwick)
46.3 m
Munich
46.0 m
New York (Newark)
45.8 m
Moscow (Sheremetyevo)
45.0 m
Miami
44.9 m
Phoenix
44.7 m
Xi'an
44.5 m
Manila
44.5 m
Sydney
43.8 m
Houston
43.6 m
Shanghai (Hongqiao)
43.0 m
Rome
42.6 m
Tokyo (Narita)
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Level 45
Aug 21, 2012
That's annoying first time round I put Gatwick, Heathrow, jfk and new ark and none came up so I ended it and then realised it was by city
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Level 38
Apr 29, 2020
I know the feeling
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Level 26
Jan 4, 2013
can you accept "New Delhi" for "Delhi"?
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Level 44
Feb 9, 2013
Seconded.
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Level ∞
Nov 12, 2015
New Delhi will work now
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Level 39
Nov 13, 2015
Which is a problem, because the airport is in South West Delhi, a neighboring district to New Delhi. These are only two of a number of districts in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. So if you're going to use something besides Delhi, it should be South West Delhi, not New Delhi.
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Level 67
May 4, 2016
I imagine this is about what city it serves. technically the Toronto airport is in Mississauga, but no one is going to guess Mississauga. and there's also the fact that it's called Toronto Pearson. anyway, my point is that it doesn't matter if the Delhi airport is in south west Delhi, it serves the city which is called Delhi.
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Level 80
Jan 29, 2013
In the news today: http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/dubai-airport-traffic-jumps-13-pct-2012-overtakes-113122824--business.html I guess this is about international passengers, not total passengers. Because according to this Dubai is #3 and Hong Kong is #4.
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Level 12
Mar 11, 2013
haha, my city number 1!!!
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Level 80
Jul 30, 2014
For some of these (Atlanta, Charlotte) it helps a bit to know about the American hub system that airlines use and which cities the major airlines designate as hubs because the amount of traffic those cities receive doesn't correlate to the size of those cities.
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Level 72
May 4, 2017
Ditto for international hubs like Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai etc
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Level 64
Nov 4, 2017
Atlanta is still one of the biggest cities in the US.
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Level 80
Nov 19, 2018
^yeah. But it's not the biggest city in the world.
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Level 72
May 9, 2013
Wish I'd had more time.
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Level 29
Apr 13, 2014
Airport codes should be acceptable answers.
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Level 27
Oct 25, 2014
I missed Alanta! Doh
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Level 39
Nov 28, 2014
i've been to 14
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Level 80
Dec 8, 2014
I've used 23 of these airports before. Though when I can I prefer to drive. Atlanta, Heathrow, Haneda (and Narita), O'Hare, LAX, Dubai (and Sharjah), Paris, Hong Kong, Changi (best airport in the world), Amsterdam, Denver (layover only), Bangkok, JFK, San Francisco, Charlotte (layover), Seoul (Incheon and the smaller one actually in Seoul), Houston, Delhi, Gatwick (I think, maybe it was Stansted), Orlando, SeaTac, and Manila (all 4 terminals! Some are better than others. :P).
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Level 85
Nov 13, 2015
To date, I've flown to or through 18 - JFK, Newark, Paris, LAX, Chicago, Rome, Miami, SFO, Dallas, Atlanta, Toronto, Dubai, Frankfurt, Houston, Seattle, Denver, Vegas, and Orlando.
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Level 77
Nov 22, 2016
Wow I flew to/from 10 of them, quite a lot considering I don't fly much around the world: LAX, JFK, Denver, Dallas, Madrid, Barcelona, Heathrow&Gatwick, Frankfurt, Moscow. And a visit to Istanbul airport.
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Level 80
Nov 29, 2016
I've since been to the airport in Moscow several times. So 24...
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Level 80
Apr 6, 2017
And now I've been to Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome, so I've been to 50% of these.
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Level 80
Nov 3, 2017
Recent layover in Kuala Lumpur and I'm at 26.
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Level 60
Dec 8, 2017
Ok, no need to brag
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Level 80
Dec 8, 2017
Do people brag about their layovers? :D
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Level 52
Jun 9, 2020
Don't leave us hanging, Kal. It's been 2 1/2 years...did you make it to #27?
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Level 80
Jul 23, 2020
Fish: I did, actually. Have not done nearly as much traveling as usual the last couple years but I did fly to Miami twice. So that's # 27.
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Level 77
Dec 8, 2017
No new ones for me this year (from top 50), but 3 are booked for next year :)
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Level 70
Sep 24, 2018
I've been through 23 so far and I have plans that will take me to four more within the next year.
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Level 80
Nov 19, 2018
^ see? Clearly we're not bragging. This guy's name is "Modestus"
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Level 72
Nov 2, 2019
38 for me. Hence my Jetpunk bame
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Level 80
Jan 26, 2020
What's in a bame?
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Level 56
Mar 8, 2015
Can someone tell me why Atlanta is so busy? Like what's so important about Georgia?
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Level 47
Mar 8, 2015
Atlanta is the main hub airport for Delta, which is the second largest airline in the world (haven been overtaken recently by American Airlines when it merged with US Airways). It is situated between the the North East, Texas and Florida which together account for about a third of the United States' population. As a result, Delta often uses Atlanta for lay overs for many of its domestic and international passengers. It's also why airports such as Charlotte and Denver have such busy airports compared to their city sizes - they're used as hubs.
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Level 78
Nov 13, 2015
Sometimes it almost seems as though one cannot fly anywhere in the US without a layover in Atlanta.
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Level ∞
Nov 13, 2015
Unless your final destination is Atlanta. Then you'll have to connect in Phoenix.
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Level 58
Nov 15, 2015
^ Haha! Ain't it the truth.
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Level 58
Dec 8, 2017
I was going to ask the same thing. From a British perspective, we generally catch flights to the US via NY, LAX, Vegas Baby, or Miami (those being the main tourist destinations). I don't think I've ever heard anyone I know fly to or via Atlanta, so it was a bit of a surprise to me how high up Atlanta was. You live and learn :-)
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Level 54
Dec 8, 2017
I once had to go from Boston to Pittsburgh but the plane went from Boston to Atlanta, then back to Pittsburgh. Seems a bit unnecessary.
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Level 83
Oct 30, 2019
Yeah I live in Virginia and I once took a trip to Naples, Florida. But I had to go to Boston first, then Florida. Airlines are weird.
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Level 80
Nov 29, 2016
^mostly the hub thing. Also Atlanta is one of the most-visited cities in the United States. There are many business conferences and exhibitions there. And, though it is only the 13th largest city in America, it's still at the center of an urban area of 5.5 million people, and Americans fly a lot.
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Level 54
Dec 8, 2017
Lots of things make Atlanta a good place for an airport. It's between eastern Canada and the Caribbean, so layovers happen there often. It's also well-placed for flights from New York and Pennsylvania. It's very large because Atlanta city space isn't at a premium (just look at Macy's), which means more planes can land and take off from there. Atlanta has large suburbs and most of the people who live in them commute to the city, meaning that they are used to noise pollution, so outcry is rare. The city is (relatively) near to other major ones, such as Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, and (though further, still single-flight) Mexico City, Houston, and Austin. And Atlanta lies near numerous favourable air currents, speeding travel in and out (especially the Gulf Stream). None of these things alone makes a good airport, but the combination of them all is what made Hartsfield-Jackson so popular.
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Level 64
Dec 8, 2017
Mainly that is has a massive, multi purpose hub for Delta. Atlanta is used for Trans-Atlantic connections, connections to Latin America, connections from the East Coast to Texas and the Southwest, connection from the East Coast to Florida (that's a big one), and direct flights to Atlanta (which is a large market considering tourism and business in a somewhat large metro area). Also, Atlanta has only one airport, compared to New York's seven. Lastly, Atlanta is in close enough proximity to many cities for a short flight (e.g. Charlotte, New Orleans, and touristy places in Florida), but not close enough for a short drive (like between, say, Boston-Bridgeport-New York-etc.)!
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Level 80
Jul 22, 2019
Also I heard they have a lovely Hooters
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Level 51
Apr 7, 2015
Hi everyone! Why not trying one of mine? I have the European version... :)
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Level 58
Aug 26, 2015
I wonder what the Port Authority has been drinking, or at least what their source I don't understand the absence of some locations like Vancouver and Singapore.
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Level 47
Oct 12, 2015
... Singapore is on the list, and Vancouver's Airport is smaller than Moscow (with is 50th)
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Level 72
Jun 11, 2016
I suspect that most of the international traffic you'd expect to come in and out of Vancouver is already handled by Seattle, and because their so close, Vancouver just didn't try to replicate it. (Please note, that is just my personal theory, unsubstantiated by actual research.)
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Level 77
Dec 8, 2017
Vancouver is around 22 million, still far from top 50
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Level 59
Nov 13, 2015
Surprised Phoenix is so high - and I used it 4 times monthly for a couple of years!
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Level 53
May 26, 2020
Thanks for climate change Roger.
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Level 71
Nov 13, 2015
I got all but #2 and was wondering what city it could possibly be when I realized I mistyped Beijing.
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Level 47
Nov 13, 2015
Don't forget to check out my Worlds busiest airport systems quiz. Looks at each cities combines airport passenger usage rather than just the individual airport.
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Level 80
Nov 13, 2015
I only missed Minneapolis, and must have mispelled Sao Paulo because it was not validated though I tried it.
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Level 63
Nov 13, 2015
Hi, I'm one of those morons in the 1% who forgot NYC. Derp.
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Level 23
Nov 16, 2015
Congrats! I managed to get it ;)
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Level 51
Nov 13, 2015
Newark is in NJ not NY.
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Level 80
Nov 14, 2015
This isn't about the states that these airports are in, it's about which major cities these airports service.
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Level 23
Nov 16, 2015
No Newark is in Nottinghamshire
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Level 58
Nov 15, 2015
I was surprised Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro weren't on the list. Anyone know why? (Honest question; the cities are so big I would have assumed they'd have busy airports).
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Level 80
Nov 16, 2015
I'm guessing because they're kind of at the southwesternmost edge of the map... there's probably not a lot of transit flights going through either city. I mean, flights that use the airport in Rio or Buenos Aires are probably almost exclusively flights that are terminating in or originating from those cities, as opposed to all of the top answers which are huge hubs of international travel with many millions of people using each airport simply for a layover on their way somewhere else (and also, with the possible exception of Dubai, giant cities in their own right).

Sao Paulo makes the list. But it's urban area population is twice that of Rio or Buenos Aires. If you cut the amount of traffic for Sao Paulo in half for these other cities then obviously they wouldn't be seeing as much traffic as Moscow.
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Level 66
Nov 15, 2015
Of course all of the ones I missed are in the US...................................
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Level 74
Nov 16, 2015
Where does Mecca come? I would have thought with the constant volume of pilgrims there would be a heap of flights to there.
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Level 47
Nov 17, 2015
Mecca is served by Jeddah airport which handles 27 million passengers a year
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Level 80
Nov 18, 2015
What relessness said. Mecca has no airport.
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Level 88
Nov 18, 2015
Consider accepting St Paul for Minneapolis?
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Level 37
Apr 6, 2016
I can never spell Kuala Lumpur...
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Level 53
May 26, 2020
Well that's a lie.
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Level 47
May 16, 2016
how did I miss Paris *facepalm*
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Level 32
Jan 17, 2017
I missed London, I kept trying to put Heathrow.
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Level 52
Feb 7, 2017
I got Shenzhen but I missed Amsterdam!
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Level 42
Mar 29, 2017
*gets Charlotte* *misses Paris*
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Level 58
May 25, 2017
Great quiz! Check also my new "Best airports of the World 2016" based on Lonely Planet survey.
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Level 38
Jun 11, 2017
Missed a couple of obvious ones, after a while it just became an exercise in naming big cities!
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Level 70
Sep 10, 2017
very surprised at exclusion of Moscow and Sao Paolo . . .
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Level 77
Dec 8, 2017
Moscow has 3 major airports, actually 3 busiest in Russia, and even so it almost makes the list. Here are the numbers for 2015:
Sheremetyevo 31.6 m
Domodedovo 30.5 m
Vnukovo 15.82 m
There's also Zhukovsky, new airport opened in 2016, with 4 million declared capacity.
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Level 77
Dec 8, 2017
And there would've been a lot more without visa issues. St Petersburg is at only 13 million.
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Level 47
Dec 15, 2017
Likewise for Sao Paulo - three international airports with a total of over 66 million - the busiest (Guarulhos) at 36.6 million just misses the list.
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Level 77
Sep 23, 2017
That moment when you have loads of gaps left, and you suddenly realise you'd forgotten the entirety of Europe...
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Level 45
Nov 4, 2017
surely just JFK should be accepted
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Level 67
Mar 15, 2020
That isn't a city, read the description before commenting please (which would cut complaints in half, atleast)
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Level 54
Dec 8, 2017
Saw an article yesterday about why Abu Dhabi has an F1 Grand Prix but Dubai does not. Wondered why they would both have one (being in the same country) until I say this quiz. It is kind of odd with the knowledge that Dubai has the third-largest airport in the world.
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Level 54
Jan 9, 2018
*saw
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Level 67
Dec 8, 2017
I knew Chicago wasn't the busiest airport in the world anymore, but I didn't realize it had fallen THAT far.
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Level 68
Dec 8, 2017
The Pearl River Delta must have like 200 million combined. Mind blown,
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Level 47
Dec 8, 2017
Can someone explain to me why "Canton" worked as an input for Guangzhou?
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Level 55
Dec 9, 2017
Canton is an old name for the city of Guangzhou (and also the province of Guangdong).
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Level 47
Dec 15, 2017
Which is why the IATA code is "CAN"
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Level 80
Dec 11, 2017
Curiously Peking does not work for Beijing.
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Level 62
May 22, 2018
41/50, got Kunming as well :D
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Level 51
May 28, 2018
40/50 missed quite a lot, like Denver and Seattle...
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Level 31
Jul 29, 2018
Moscow has three area airports and served ~76,000,000 in 2016 and ~89,000,000 in 2017. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_busiest_airports_in_Russia. Just Sheremetyevo alone was 40,000,000 in 2017.
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Level 80
Jul 22, 2019
I think they were on the quiz previously. But the data used is from 2016 and the answers are single airports not airport systems.
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Level 38
Apr 29, 2019
43/50.
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Level 60
Jul 22, 2019
I got everything but Phoenix Vegas and Manila
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Level 60
Jul 22, 2019
WTF
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Level 54
Dec 25, 2019
Missed 3 Chinese ones. Good stuff Chengdu Xian Kumning
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Level 49
Jan 30, 2020
Got all of them correct!
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Level 67
Mar 14, 2020
Did pretty well! Missed kunming (first time I see it), shenzhen chengdu, charlotte, orlando, taipei and las vegas. Could have gotten the last 2 but not the others.

Pretty proud since I hardly typed in any wrong ones (did try 3 big s-american cities, rio, sao pãolo and buenos aires, and another in japan, top 3 africa, a couple of europe and berlin. Think that were most of my wrong guessed)

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Level 37
Apr 20, 2020
I just knew Atlanta would be on top. I have been to that airport many times and there is always traffic there. If you are driving on a highway that goes near it like I-85 I-75, or I-285 I swear you will have seen so many planes taking off and landing by the time you have completely passed by it. Also, the TSA line there takes forever. Longest line for TSA I have ever been through.
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Level 65
May 17, 2020
Great quiz! Just to say that the source link doesn't seem to work for me.
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Level ∞
May 17, 2020
Replaced it with an archive.org link. These quizzes are not going to be updated for awhile since the numbers are going to be very weird until we are done with Covid.
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Level 21
Jun 19, 2020
50/50 IM 11
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Level 48
Jul 7, 2020
Sao Paulo?