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Dubai overtakes London's Heathrow for title of world's busiest international airport

  • FILE- In this May 8, 2014 file photo, Emirates passenger planes are parked at their gates of Dubai airport in United Arab Emirates. Dubai's airport operator released figures Tuesday showing that 70.5 million passengers streamed through the sparkling halls of the Gulf commercial hub's main airport last year. The rapid growth puts Dubai squarely ahead of London Heathrow for the first time as the world's busiest international air hub. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    FILE- In this May 8, 2014 file photo, Emirates passenger planes are parked at their gates of Dubai airport in United Arab Emirates. Dubai's airport operator released figures Tuesday showing that 70.5 million passengers streamed through the sparkling halls of the Gulf commercial hub's main airport last year. The rapid growth puts Dubai squarely ahead of London Heathrow for the first time as the world's busiest international air hub. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, passengers wait to board an Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft at Concourse A of Dubai airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai's airport operator released figures Tuesday showing that 70.5 million passengers streamed through the sparkling halls of the Gulf commercial hub's main airport last year. The rapid growth puts Dubai squarely ahead of London Heathrow for the first time as the world's busiest international air hub. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    FILE- In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, passengers wait to board an Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft at Concourse A of Dubai airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai's airport operator released figures Tuesday showing that 70.5 million passengers streamed through the sparkling halls of the Gulf commercial hub's main airport last year. The rapid growth puts Dubai squarely ahead of London Heathrow for the first time as the world's busiest international air hub. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Feb. 10, 2013, file photo, passengers wait to board an Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft at Concourse A of Dubai airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai's airport operator released figures Tuesday showing that 70.5 million passengers streamed through the sparkling halls of the Gulf commercial hub's main airport last year. The rapid growth puts Dubai squarely ahead of London Heathrow for the first time as the world's busiest international air hub. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    In this Feb. 10, 2013, file photo, passengers wait to board an Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft at Concourse A of Dubai airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai's airport operator released figures Tuesday showing that 70.5 million passengers streamed through the sparkling halls of the Gulf commercial hub's main airport last year. The rapid growth puts Dubai squarely ahead of London Heathrow for the first time as the world's busiest international air hub. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)  (The Associated Press)

The city that boasts the world's tallest building is now home to the world's busiest airport for international passengers too.

Dubai's airport operator released figures Tuesday showing that 70.5 million passengers streamed through the sparkling halls of the Gulf commercial hub's main airport last year. That's a 6 percent increase over the 66.4 million Dubai International handled in 2013.

The rapid growth puts Dubai squarely ahead of London Heathrow for the first time as the world's busiest international air hub. Heathrow reported handled 68.1 million international passengers in 2014.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport remains the planet's busiest passenger airport overall.

But Dubai International is expanding fast, fueled in large part by the growth of hometown carrier Emirates. Yet another concourse is expected to open there later this year.