Based on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) survey below, the list of the top 10 biggest airports in the world:
10.Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, France-32.37 km²
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, named after former French President Charles de Gaulle, is France’s largest and most important international airport.
It is Air France’s main hub, one of Europe’s largest airlines.
The airport covers approximately 3,200 hectares of land, with three terminals and four asphalt runways.
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport was ranked second in the list of Europe’s busiest airports in 2016, just behind London’s Heathrow Airport.
Last year, it served nearly 66 million passengers, almost identical to the number of passengers served by the airport in 2015.
In 2016, the airport ranked fifth in terms of international passenger traffic.
9.Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand-32.4 km²
Suvarnabhumi Airport is one of Southeast Asia’s largest international airports.
The airport, in fact, is just one of two international airports in Southeast Asia to be included in this list.
It serves as the main hub for several prominent Asian airlines, including Bangkok Airways and Jet Asia Airways.
Suvarnabhumi Airport covers 3,240 hectares of land and has one of the highest control towers and the world’s fourth-largest single-building airport terminal.
It is Asia’s ninth busiest international airport, serving nearly 56 million passengers in 2016.
The airport’s Sanskrit name translates into “Land of Gold” or “Gold Land.”
8.Cairo International Airport, Egypt-36.25 km²
Cairo International Airport is Egypt’s biggest airport and Africa’s second busiest.
During World War II, it functioned as a U.S. base before it became an international airport.
Located in Heliopolis, it serves as the primary hub for two of Egypt’s largest airlines, EgyptAir and Nile Air.
Cairo International Airport, though is one of the largest airports in the world.
7.Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China-39.88 km²
Shanghai Pudong International Airport is one of two international airports in Shanghai, located 30 kilometers from the center of Shanghai.
For most international flights, it is the main hub and serves as a home base for China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport is Asia’s fifth busiest international airport and the ninth busiest as far as passenger traffic is concerned. In 2016, it served around 66 million passengers.
It ranks third in the world in terms of cargo traffic, handling around 3,440,279.70 tons of cargo in 2016.
The airport covers an area of around 40 square kilometers and comprises two terminals and five concrete runways.
6.George Bush Intercontinental Airport,USA-44.51 km²
It is United Airlines’ second-largest passenger hub, just behind Chicago, Illinois, O’Hare International Airport.
It has five terminals and 130 gates with a distance of 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from Terminal A to Terminal D, covering 250 acres (1.0 square km).
5.Washington Dulles International Airport,USA-48.56 km²
Washington Dulles International Airport, named after John Foster Dulles, the 52nd Secretary of State, is one of three main airports in the Baltimore-Washington region.
It’s the biggest of the three, but in terms of served travelers, it’s last.
In 2016, Washington Dulles International Airport handled nearly 22 million passengers–Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport had 23.6 million travelers, while Baltimore / Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport had 25 million flights.
The airport occupies approximately 5,200 hectares of land, although not all space is used for amenities at the airport.
4.Orlando International Airport,USA-53.83 km²
It is one of Florida’s busiest airports and the tenth-busiest and one of America’s biggest business airports.
The airport acts as Silver Airways’ headquarters and Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit’s focus city.
Southwest is the biggest passenger carrier of the airport.
The airport is also a major global gateway to Florida, with more than 850 weekly passengers on 44 different airlines.
3.Dallas/Fort worth International Airport,USA-69.63 km²
Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport is America’s second-largest global airport and the world’s third-largest.
In terms of passenger traffic, it is the 11th busiest international airport in the world, handling around 65.6 million passengers in 2016, the biggest number ever reported in the airport’s history.
The airport comprises 6,963 hectares of land, making it bigger than Manhattan.
It has five operating terminals, one being developed, and seven concrete paths.
The airport is so big that it has its own ZIP code for the post office and maintains its own police, fire protection, and medical emergency services.
It is one of the busiest airports in the state of Florida and the tenth-busiest and one of the largest commercial airports in the United States of America.
2.Denver International Airport,USA-135.71 km²
Denver International Airport is America’s biggest international airport, with nearly double the size of Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport.
It includes an overwhelming 13,570 hectares of land, dwarfing on this list all the other airports earlier listed.
Denver International Airport is Frontier Airlines’ and Great Lakes Airlines’ primary hub, & earns around $26.3 billion for the economy, with six concrete runways.
It is one of the busiest in the world, handling 58 million visitors in 2016, which in terms of passenger numbers.
But by contrast, the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, almost doubled that figure the same year.
1.King Fahd International Airport,Saudi Arabia-776 km²
I don’t know why it is called an airport, it should be declared as a state or province.
The international airport of King Fahd is the largest of all the world’s airports.
The complete area enclosed by astronomical 77,600 hectares in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, leaving all the other airports on this list look like a Lego set in contrast.
The airport is bigger than Bahrain’s full nation, which is crazy.
But here’s the fun fact: Airport facilities use only 3,675 hectares of that space.
Yep, it uses only less than 5% of the available space. If we were going with the airport’s actual size, it would have been the smallest on this list.
King Fahd International Airport is the newest airport on the list–it opened in November 1999 just before the end of 20th century.
In terms of passenger traffic, it is also the least busy, barely reaching past 10 million travelers served annually.
So we might say that the world’s biggest airport is the most inefficient as well.
Hope you got all the airports around, be sure to remember their names as next time you travel there & please don’t get lost.
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