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A Code Orange Air Quality Alert has been issued in Charlotte, North Carolina for the rest of the week due to Canadian wildfires. This alert could cause air traffic in Charlotte to be impacted as reported by WBTV.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, smoke that has moved across the eastern U.S. is causing reduced visibility. This smoke could cause an impact on air travel. The Charlotte region is not the only area affected by this smoke. Other major East Coast cities like New York and Philadelphia may also have flight delays or cancellations.

Currently, at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, there have been more than 60 flight delays. As of 1 p.m. Thursday, there have been eight cancellations.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport Is The 7th Busiest In The World New Data Shows

Yes, you read that correctly. New data shows that Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the 7th busiest airport, not in the US but worldwide. This data comes from Airports Council International who recently released their yearly rankings. This is based on data from 2022. They actually rank the busiest airports based on a few different metrics this includes lists calculated by the following:

  • Passengers (total passengers enplaned and deplaned counting passengers in transit one time)
  • International Passengers (total international passengers enplaned and deplaned)
  • Cargo (loaded and unloaded freight and mail including transit freight)
  • International Freight  (international freight loaded and unloaded including transit freight)
  • Aircraft Movements (landings and takeoffs)

So which one of these did Charlotte Douglas International Airport rank 7th in? The last one – aircraft movements. This is actually down two spots from 2021 when CLT ranked 5th. In 2022 505,589 flights took off or landed in Charlotte. That’s a lot of planes. I was on a few of them but nowhere near that amount! One thing I found interesting about this data is that for both total passengers as well as aircraft movements these lists are very top-heavy with US cities. Atlanta took both of those titles. This confirms that while that drive to Atlanta from Charlotte is terrible, it’s probably better than flying! Does it surprise you that Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the 7th busiest in the world? Keep reading to see the full top 1o airports for aircraft movements below and read the full methodology from Airports Council International here.

  • 10. Istanbul, TR (IST)

    Total Aircraft Movements: 425,890

    2021 Rank: 33

    Istanbul International Airport (IST) | The New Istanbul Airport

    Istanbul Airport is the new airport in the city and is considered a huge achievement of the Turkish Government. Added to the two already existing airports of Istanbul (Ataturk Airport and Sabiha Gokcen International Airport), the new aviation hub has undertaken all the Ataturk Airport's passenger flights from 10/29/18 and is expected to host more than 200 million passengers by 2025.


  • 9. New York, NY (JFK)

    Total Aircraft Movements: 448,847

    2021 Rank: 27


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  • 8. Miami, FL (MIA)

    Total Aircraft Movements: 458,478

    2021 Rank: 9

    Miami International Airport

    Miami International Airport (MIA), located on 3,230 acres of land near Downtown Miami, now offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport.

  • 7. Charlotte, NC (CLT)

    Total Aircraft Movements: 505,589

    2021 Rank: 5

    Charlotte Douglas International Airport

    All the information you need to know about Flights, Parking, Shops, Services and more at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

  • 6. Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

    Total Aircraft Movements: 556,913

    2021 Rank: 6

    LAX Official Site | Welcome to Los Angeles International Airport

    LAX Official Website | Live flight times and updates, arrivals and departures, news, advice, maps, traffic and parking | Los Angeles International Airport

  • 5. Las Vegas, NV (LAS)

    Total Aircraft Movements: 581,116

    2021 Rank: 7

    Harry Reid International Airport

    LAS Airport at Clark County Department of Aviation

  • 4. Denver, CO (DEN)

    Total Aircraft Movements: 607,786

    2021 Rank: 4

    Welcome to Denver International Airport

    Official Website of Denver International Airport

  • 3. Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW)

    Total Aircraft Movements: 565,676

    2021 Rank: 3

    Welcome to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

    Read the latest news and information about DFW Airport. For the most recent releases, visit the DFW Airport Newsroom. Stay informed on the latest at DFW Read the latest news and information about DFW Airport. For the most recent releases, visit the DFW Airport Newsroom.

  • 2. Chicago, IL (ORD)

    Total Aircraft Movements: 711,561

    2021 Rank: 2


  • 1. Atlanta, GA (ATL)

  • Busiest Airports By Passengers

    1. Atlanta, GA (ATL)
    2. Dallas Fort Worth, TX (DFW)
    3. Denver, CO (DEN)
    4. Chicago, IL (ORD)
    5. Dubai, AE (DXB)
    6. Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
    7. Istanbul, TR (IST)
    8. London, GB (LHR)
    9. New Delhi, IN (DEL)
    10. Paris, FR (CDG)
  • Busiest Airports By International Passengers

    1. Dubai, AE (DXB)
    2. London, GB (LHR)
    3. Amsterdam, NL (AMS)
    4. Paris, FR (CDG)
    5. Istanbul, TR (IST)
    6. Frankfurt, DE (FRA)
    7. Madrid, ES (MAD)
    8. Doha, QR (DOH)
    9. Singapore, SG (SIN)
    10. London, GB (LGW)

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