Top ten busiest airports and the largest airport in the world

There have been many new airports in the last few years or so. These airports made with new technology claim to be the largest airport in the world as far as possible. However, that is not the case always. The new technologies have been built in ways that can convert cities into airports. There are many airports which are as big as the cities. These airports can hold thousands of people at a time and more than millions in a year claimed to be the busiest airports of the world. 

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Dulles International Airport Photo from feelgrafix

There are many airports all around the world and some of these are more like a city. The new technology has made the largest airport in the world than it used to be. There are tons of airports which makes you feel so due to their size.

Here are some of the largest airport in the world :

1. Beijing Daxing International Airport

Located in Beijing, this airport is the largest airport in the world. This is the most recent airport to be on the list and is the biggest since then. The airport starting from 2018 covers an area of over 18 square miles. The airport is constructed in a way to handle 100 million passengers by 2040.

Beijing Daxing International Airport
Beijing Daxing International Airport Photo: wikipedia.com Abdul Baqi

This airport is the latest addition to the airport list and is already on the top of the largest airport in world. The second international airport of Beijing is also known as “Starfish”. This airport is 30m above the sea level.

2. King Fahd International Airport

Located in Dammam, one of the biggest cities in Saudi Arabia is the second-largest airport of world. It was in the first place before the Beijing airport dispatched this airport to the second place. Built almost 20 years ago in 1999, the airport covers an area of 780 square kilometers. The airport is designed to handle 12 million passengers every year.

King Fahd International Airport largest airport of world
King Fahd International Airport. Credit cai.sg

The biggest airport in the middle east nation lies 22m above the sea level. The biggest international airport in Saudi Arabia was the first in the list until 2018. The new technology’s impact changed its position.

3. Denver International Airport

The Second-largest airport in the world by land Area and the biggest airport in the USA is located in Denver. Built 25 years ago in 1995, the airport covers an area of 52.4 square miles. This 20th busiest airport in the world is designed to handle more than 69 million passengers every year as it did in 2019.

Denver International Airport largest airport in the world
Denver International Airport – Photo from upgradedpoints.com

The biggest airport in North America is 1656m above sea level. With planes travelling to more than 200 destinations and more than 35000 employees, this airport shows how big it is and it needs to be to serve the passengers

4. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

The second-largest airport in the USA and the fourth largest airport in world airport is located in Dalla, USA. The airport which was established in 1974 covers an area of 27 square miles. This airport has its zip code and is almost considered a city technically. The fourth busiest airport in the world handles 64 million passengers every year.

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Dallas Forth Worth Airport USA Photo: theflightreviews

The airport made more than 46 years ago used technologies due to which it is still one of the largest airport in the world. The airport above 185m from sea level provides service to more than 260 destinations. The airport consists of five terminals which is one of the highest numbers of terminals in any airport.

5. Orlando International Airport

The fifth-largest airport in the world serves Orlando, the home of Disneyland. The airport which was opened in 1981 covers an area of more than 18 square miles. One of the busiest destinations of the world handles more than 50 million passengers every year.

Orlando International Airport largest airport in world
Orlando International Airport, Photo: Official Facebook

The public airport is 29m above sea level. There is a new terminal construction going on of this airport which will most probably increase its area or even make it the biggest airport of the world.

6. Washington Dulles International Airport

The fourth American airport on the list is the sixth largest airport in the world. The airport lies in Virginia and covers an area of around 20 square miles. The airport handles more than 24 million passengers every year.

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Washington Dulles International Airport, Photo from ArchDaily

The public airport is 95 m above sea level. The airport opened more than 58 years ago was the biggest airport until some time and still is in the sixth position.

7. George Bush Intercontinental Airport

The Houston located American airport is the last airport in the ten biggest airports in the world. It is the fifth-biggest airport in American and seventh biggest in the world. It covers an area of 15 square miles and handles over 45 million passengers per year.

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Photo: indianeagle

8. Shanghai Pudong International Airport

The second biggest in China and the eighth biggest airport in the world lies in Pudong, China. The airport covers an area of approximately 15 square miles and handles more than 74 million passengers per year as in 2018.

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Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Photo:dutyfreeinformation

9. Cairo International Airport

The biggest airport in the Africa continent lies in the capital of Egypt, Cairo. It is the busiest airport of the nation covering more than 37 square kilometers and handles more than 15 million passengers per year.

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Cairo International Airport, Photo:era.aero

10. Suvarnabhumi Airport

The airport located in Bangkok is the biggest in Southeast Asia. The airport which started in 2006 has its name from the Sanskrit word “land of gold”. It covers an area of 12.5 square miles and handles more than 63 million passengers per year.

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Suvarnabhumi Airport, Photo: thailand-construction.com

Biggest Airports in the United States

  1. Denver International Airport, Denver
  2. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas
  3. Orlando International Airport, Orlando
  4. Washington Dulles International Airport, Virginia
  5. George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston

Biggest Airports in Europe

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands Photo: Official Facebook
  1. Charles de Gaulle Airport, France: Located in Roissy-en France, it is the biggest airport in Europe. It covers an area of 32.38 square kilometers and handles 76 million passengers yearly.
  2. Adolfo Suárez Madrid, Spain: Located in the capital of Spain Madrid, it is the second biggest airport in Europe. This airport covers an area of 30.3 square kilometers and handles 61 million passengers yearly.
  3. Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Italy: The third biggest airport in Europe is located in Rome, the capital of Italy. This airport covers an area of 16 square kilometers and handles 43 million passengers yearly.
  4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands: Located near the capital of Netherlands Amsterdam, this airport covers an area of 27.87 square kilometers and handles 71 million passengers yearly.
  5. Frankfurt Airport, Germany: The biggest German airport lies in the fifth biggest city in the country, Frankfurt. It covers an area of 23 square kilometers and handles 65 million passengers per year.

Busiest Airport in the world

There are many big airports but all those big airports are not the busiest. Some small airports are also the busiest. Here are the ten busiest airports in the world in terms of passenger volume:

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Photo: official Facebook
  1. Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport: The busiest airport in the world lies in Atlanta, USA. The airport serves 110.5 million passengers on average per year.
  2. Beijing Capital International Airport: The second busiest airport lies in the capital of China, Beijing. The passenger volume in this airport is 100 million per year.
  3. Los Angeles International Airport: This airport lies in Los Angeles USA. The passenger volume in this airport on average is 88.1 million per year.
  4. Dubai International Airport: The airport lies in one of the most developed cities in Dubai in the UAE. The airport serves 86.4 million passengers per year on average.
  5. Tokyo Haneda Airport: The airport lies in Hanedakuko city in Tokyo Japan. It serves 85.5 million passengers on average in a year.
  6. O’Hare International Airport: This sixth busiest airport in terms of the population lies in Chicago, USA. The airport serves 84.6 million passengers on average per year.
  7. London Heathrow Airport: The seventh busiest airport in London UK recently was the busiest until some years ago. The airport serves 80.9 million passengers per year.
  8. Shanghai Pudong International Airport: The second busiest airport in China is Shanghai airport. The passenger volume in the airport on average per year is 76.2 million.
  9. Charles de Gaulle Airport: The busiest airport in Europe lies in Roissy-en-France. The airport serves 76.2 million people per year.
  10. Dallas/ Fort Worth International: The 10th airport on the list also lies in the USA in Dallas. The passenger volume in this airport on average per year is 75.1 million.

Busiest airports in the United States

  1. Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport
  2. Los Angeles International Airport
  3. O’Hare International Airport
  4. Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport
  5. Denver International Airport

Busiest airports in Europe

  1. London Heathrow Airport
  2. Charles de Gaulle Airport
  3. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  4. Frankfurt Airport
  5. Adolfo Suarez Madrid Airport

Largest airport terminal in the world

The largest airport terminal in the world is Beijing Daxing International Airport. The area of this terminal is 7.5 million square feet. Along with the runways, the whole airport covers approximately 18 square miles.

The busiest airport in the world by flights

McCarran International Airport
McCarran International Airport Photo:official facebook
  1. O’Hare International Airport: The airport in Chicago is the busiest in terms of flights. There are 919,704 flights on this airport yearly.
  2. Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport: The airport lies in Atlanta USA and is the second busiest airport in terms of flights. There are 904,301 flights on this airport yearly.
  3. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: The third airport also lies in the USA in Dallas. There are 720,007 flights on this airport yearly.
  4. Los Angeles International Airport: The fifth busiest airport lies in Los Angeles, USA. There are 691,257 flights on this airport yearly.
  5. Denver International Airport: The fifth busiest airport lies in Denver, USA. There are 631,955 flights on this airport yearly.
  6. Beijing Capital International Airport: The busiest airport in Asia in terms of flights lies in China. This airport performs 594,329 flights per year.
  7. Charlotte Douglas International Airport: The seventh airport lies in North Carolina of the USA. The airport performs 578,263 flights yearly.
  8. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport: This airport lies in the USA, Las Vegas. There are 552,962 flights on this airport yearly.
  9. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: The busiest airport in Europe lies in the Netherlands. There are 515,811 flights on this airport yearly.
  10. Frankfurt Airport: The busiest airport in Germany is the second busiest airport in Europe. The airport performs 513,912 flights yearly.

There are many biggest airports in the world in terms of people traveling and the number of flights. We have given all the biggest airports in the list above. The list also contains the biggest airports in the USA and Europe separately.

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