Do you care to know the largest airports in the world? There are some airports that impress with the flow of people. Have you ever imagine how many passengers the largest airport in the world receives each year? This is what we are going to answer, using the latest data from the Airports Council International (ACI).
In addition, we have prepared here another list of 5 airports that are expected to be the largest and most modern airports of the future! Check everything and satisfy your curiosity.
Top 10 Largest Airports In The World
- Atlanta International Airport – Hartsfield-Jackson
- Beijing International Airport (Beijing Capital Airport)
- Dubai International Airport
- Los Angeles International Airport
- Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport)
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport
- London Heathrow International Airport
- Hong Kong Airport
- Pudong Airport – Shanghai
- Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport
To know much about the biggest airports in the world, we are going to pick them one by one and tell you about each of the airports, where they are located, the date of establishment and other things you need to know.
10. Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport
- Passenger traffic per year: 72.2 million
- Code: CDG
- Location: Paris, France
- Opening: March 8, 1974
With the old name of Roissy Airport, the CDG has three terminals, occupying an area of 32.38 square kilometers.
Due to the large population living in the vicinity of the airport region, there are complaints about pollution and exposure to noise caused by the strong flow of the airport.
9. Pudong Airport – Shanghai
- Passenger traffic per year: 74 million
- Code: PVG
- Location: Shanghai, China
- Opening: October 1, 1999
It opened in 1999, replacing Hongqiao International Airport. With a current capacity of 80 million passengers per year, it underwent an expansion in 2015.
8. Hong Kong Airport
- Passenger traffic per year: 74.5 million
- Code: HKG
- Location: Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
- Opening: July 6, 1998
Hong Kong Airport without a doubt made it on the list of the largest airports in the world, the airport was built on the small island of Chek Lap Kok.
The old airport is called Kai Tak International Airport and was famous for the number of accidents that occurred, due to winds and an atypical approach runway, which made pilots’ work difficult.
7. London Heathrow International Airport
- Passenger traffic per year: 80 million
- Code: LHR
- Location: London, United Kingdom
- Opening: January 1, 1946
Within Europe, it is considered to have the highest passenger flow. It has five terminals. London Heathrow is considered the UK’s busiest airport as well as being the busiest airport in Europe and the seventh busiest in the world based on passenger traffic.
6. Chicago O’Hare International Airport
- Passenger traffic per year: 83.2 million
- Code: ORD
- Location: Chicago, United States
- Inauguration: February 1, 1944
It started as an aircraft factory during World War II. The name of the airport was dedicated to pilot Edward O’Hare.
It is the airport with the largest air traffic by airplanes.
Two accidents marked the airport: the most serious occurred in 1979, when, when taking off, a plane crashed, causing the death of 271 people. Another accident, with no fatalities, also occurred when an airplane took off, in which one of the tires blew. All passengers were evacuated.
5. Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport)
- Passenger traffic per year: 86.9 million
- Code: HND
- Location: Tokyo, Japan
- Opening: August 25, 1931
Also known as Haneda Airport, it is modern and has three terminals. There are train, metro, bus and taxi options that connect to downtown Tokyo.
4. Los Angeles International Airport
- Passenger traffic per year: 87.5 million
- Code: LAX
- Location: Los Angeles, United States
- Opening: January 1, 1930
The airport has nine terminals, connected to each other by a free bus that runs 24 hours a day. There are also over 50 restaurants available at the airport!
3. Dubai International Airport
- Passenger traffic per year: 89 million
- Code: DXB
- Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Opening: May 15, 1966
It underwent renovations in the three terminals, with more than 1.5 square kilometers of space in the third terminal alone. There is a great atmosphere dedicated to shops and restaurants.
2. Beijing International Airport (Beijing Capital Airport)
- Passenger traffic per year: 101 million
- Code: PEK
- Location: Beijing, China
- Opening: March 2, 1958
Known in English as Beijing Capital Airport (PEK).
The third terminal was built for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
1. Atlanta International Airport – Hartsfield-Jackson
- Passenger traffic per year: 107 million
- Code: ATL
- Location: Atlanta, United States
- Inauguration: September 15, 1926
The airport has nine terminals and has been, since 1998, the largest airport in the world in terms of the number of people.
Liked? Check out about the biggest and most modern airports of the future:
- Al Maktoum International Airport
In Dubai, this airport, which is already operating, is constantly expanding and intends to have some of the flights and companies currently at Dubai International Airport.
It is a modern, modular and flexible airport, which seeks to be a practical and with fast construction.
- New Istanbul International Airport
It has been in operation since April 2019, replacing the old Istanbul International Airport, which, in a few years, has already occupied a position in the ranking of the largest airports in the world. This new airport soon promises to have space on that list!
- Ramon International Airport (Eilat-Ramon Airport)
Located in Eilat, far south of Israel, it opened in January 2019. With a mushroom shape, several plants placed in space and glass windows separating boarding and arrival, it is an airport that seeks to increase contact with nature, valuing the desert region of the surroundings.
- Chengdu Tianfu International Airport
Built to serve Chengdu, China, it is expected to be fully ready by the end of 2020. It brings a proposal for a modern and technological airport.
- Beijing Daxing International Airport
Expected to be the most important airport in the country, it will share space in Beijing with what is already the second in the list of busiest airports: Beijing International Airport.
With the shape of a starfish and the size of almost 100 football fields, the new airport is impressive!