I’ve always loved flying, especially the approach to a new airport from above - the joy of discovering the runway and terminal design for the first time, etc. Below you’ll find interesting aerial photos of the 10 largest airports in the world—largest defined by the number of people passing through each year. These numbers are based on 2011 stats. Which is your favorite? Mine is the last one, number 10, in Hong Kong, which I’m eager to fly into! Also, am I the only one surprised that Atlanta is the busiest airport in the world, clocking 92,365,860 people last year, while JFK isn’t even in the top 10?

1. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International

Doc Searls, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

2. Beijing Capital International Airport

3. London Heathrow Airport

Konstantin Von Wedelstaedt, Wikimedia Commons // GFDL 1.2

4. O'Hare International Airport

5. Tokyo International Airport

6. Los Angeles International Airport

7. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

8. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

9. Frankfurt Airport

10. Hong Kong International Airport