Planes, Trains, and Automobiles! Part One: Planes

Greetings Tableau enthusiasts!

This week we are going to begin a new three part series, this one inspired by John Candy and Steve Martin.  That's right, it is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

Part one will look into a plane-related topic, in this case the busiest airports in 2016.

To analyze this question I acquired data on passengers through airports from the most reliable source out there, Wikipedia.  From there I imported it into Tableau and mapped the 50 busiest airports.

Unfortunately, my knowledge of world geography is suspect, so many of the Chinese cities and provinces took some time to get straight.  However, at the end of the day the following visual was produced.

Two things stuck out from this visual.  First and foremost, Hotlanta!  The US has the busiest airport in the world, Atlanta, which had over 100,000,000 passengers go through it in 2016.  Wow.

But, it does appear that the US rivalry with China is going strong!  China has the second busiest airport, Beijing, and seven airports on the list.  So, which country is #1?  Let's go to the viz to find out!

When looking at the top 50 airports only, it appears the US lead is safe.  Looking at the top 16 airports in the US, commuter traffic was over 880,000,000!  Holy cow. 

Back next week with trains!  Whatever could that viz be...

Author: Chris Bick