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The need to transport as quickly as possible has become one of the pressing needs in today’s’ modern and busy era. Well, in this aspect, flights are the only way that can help one to travel as quickly as possible from one destination to another. While travel by land and sea needs to overcome friction and barriers, flights have no such limitations. In fact, with every passing year, travel by flight is becoming quite a cheap and fast option. These advantages have increased the passengers traveling by flights to such an extent that some international airports have claimed their places in the list of biggest and busiest airports. Lets us have a look at the top 10 biggest airports in the world:

1. List Of Top 10 Biggest Airport In The World

1.1 HARTSFIELD JACKSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

HARTSFIELD JACKSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia

COUNTRY: United States

CODE: ATL/KATL

PASSENGERS: 105,171,935

This is the world’s largest airport and also the world’s busiest airport with high passenger traffic since 1998. Atlanta airport is the main hub for the southeastern United States with innumerable international passengers traveling every day. In fact, this airport is the only one that serves over 100 million passengers yearly. The airport has international service in parts of North America, South America, Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. This is why this is known as the biggest airport in the world.

1.2 BEIJING CAPITAL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

NTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

LOCATION: Chaoyang, Shunyi, Beijing

COUNTRY: China

CODE: PEK/ZBAA

PASSENGERS: 94,393,454

This airport is the largest and the busiest in Asia and the second to be the world’s largest airport. In the last couple of years, this airport has been garnering the title of attracting more than triple its passenger count. The passenger traffic to this airport has been growing in leaps and bounds and is believed to take over the first position from Atlanta airport. It has also opened a second international airport named the Beijing Daxing International Airport in 2019. This airport too has been meeting the demands of world-class airport services as Beijing is steadily emerging with its booming economy in the international market.

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1.3 DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

LOCATION: Garhoud, Dubai

COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates

CODE: DXB/OMDB

PASSENGERS: 83,654,250

This airport has been experiencing immense growth over the years with an increase in passenger traffic by 5.5% alone in the last year. In fact, it has taken the third position by pushing itself ahead of Tokyo International Airport. This airport has partnered its flights with 90 airlines that help its passengers to travel to more than 240 destinations across six continents. The passenger traffic is expected to reach almost 104 million by 2020 because of the booming increase in its travelers. Dubai’s International collection of duty-free stores has been rated as the world’s largest and busiest retail outlet in 2014.

1.4 LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

LOCATION: Los Angeles, California

COUNTRY: United States

CODE: LAX/KLAX

PASSENGERS: 80,921,527

More commonly referred to as LAX, this airport is the second busiest airport in the United States. It holds the record for having the busiest origin and final destination airport as passengers do not use this airport as a means of connection to other hubs. This is the only airport in the world that has all the three legacy carriers namely American, Delta and United. This airport also serves as the hub for Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Atlas Air. Also, in May 2017, this airport has become known as U.S.’s private terminal as it is located in the suburbs away from the public and paparazzi.

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1.5 TOKYO HANEDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

TOKYO HANEDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

LOCATION: Ota, Tokyo

COUNTRY: Japan

CODE: HND/RJTT

PASSENGERS: 79,699,762

While the Tokyo International Airport services domestic passengers its counterpart, known as Narita International Airport, handles the international passenger traffic. This airport has been experiencing unprecedented growth in its passenger traffic and that is why arrangements are being taken for its expansion to accommodate its innumerable travelers. At first, the airport handled mostly domestic airline traffic. But later, the Japanese transportation authority opened the international terminal because of its increasing growth of passengers. The Haneda Airport is the hub for Japan’s two biggest airlines- Japan Airlines and Nippon Airways. This airport is counted among the top-notch airports and is well famed for its punctuality.

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1.6 O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

O HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois

COUNTRY: United States

CODE: ORD/KORD

PASSENGERS: 78,327,479

Located in northwestern Chicago, this is the third largest airport in the US and the sixth busiest in the world. It is considered an important partner for many big airlines in the USA. Home to the largest United Airline hub, in terms of annual and daily flights, this airport plays a significant role in their Midwest business. O’Hare is also known to have the highest connections between inbound and outbound flights within any six-hour window. It has also won many accolades and awards for serving excellent and impeccable services for US travelers.

1.7 HEATHROW AIRPORT

LOCATION: Hillingdon, London

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

CODE: LHR/EGLL

PASSENGERS: 75, 715, 474

London Heathrow Airport is the busiest in Europe and the seventh busiest in the world. The airport has 81 airlines that fly to 204 destinations and 85 countries. Also, this is the hub for one of the world’s most influential Airlines-the British Airways. Plans are being devised for building a third runway near the northern part of the airport as this would help in increasing the number of passengers traveling from Heathrow airport. The other proposed plan that is still under operation is the much-needed rail link between Heathrow and Gatwick Airport.

1.8 HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

LOCATION: Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong

COUNTRY: China

CODE: HKG/VHHH

PASSENGERS: 70,314,462

Also known as Chek Lap Kok Airport, this airport was set up to replace the Kai Tak Airport because the Kai Tak was located in a dense urban area that had only one runway. Also, the increase in passengers and cargo, along with incessant delayed flights led to the built up of the new airport. The new airport of Hong Kong handles over 110 flights daily with 73000 staffs, 320 shops, and 100 restaurants. It has also won many awards for its outstanding excellence in serving its passengers like “The World’s Best Airport For Dining”, “The Top Asian Airport Efficiency Excellence Award”.

1.9 SHANGHAI PUDONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

SHANGHAI PUDONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

LOCATION: Pudong, China

COUNTRY: China

CODE: PVG/ZSPD

PASSENGERS: 66,002,414

Opened in 1999, this airport was built to reduce the pressure on Shanghai’s another airport named Hongqiao. While Hongqiao still serves domestic flights, the Shanghai airport handles both domestic and international passengers. This airport is located just 20 miles from the east of Shanghai’s city center. The airport authorities have been planning to build another main terminal just like a satellite terminal with two runways. This will help to increase Shanghai Pudong Airport’s annual passenger capacity to 80 million.

1.10 CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT

CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT

LOCATION: Roissy-en-France, Ile –De-France

COUNTRY: France

CODE: CDG/LFPG

PASSENGERS: 65,933,145

This is the second largest airport in Europe that handles around 120 aircraft movements per hour because of the presence of its parallel runway system. These parallel runways are designed in such a pattern so that they can be used independently. Each pair has a runway that is designed for take-off and the other for landing. This helps in the increase in the number of flights per hour which also has reduced the air traffic-related noise pollution. This airport has recently implemented a six months trial of two self-driving shuttles so that passengers can be ferried between the airport and the nearby hotel zone and airline offices. It also has an excellent environmental policy with the following objectives:

  • Reduction in CO2 emissions
  • Use of 15% renewable energy by 2020
  • Reduction of consumption per square meter by 7%between 2015 and 2020
  • The airport industry has been evolving tremendously in leaps and bounds as many passengers are traveling every day. Unprecedented growth has been felt in this sector and this growth will be an incessant one.

2. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY TRAVELERS

2.1 Which Is The Largest Airport In The World 2018?

Hartsfield Jackson International Airport is the largest airport in the world which is located in the United States and deals with 105,171,935 passengers daily.

2.2 Are There Any Restaurant Facilities In The Hong Kong International Airport?

Yes, there are around 100 restaurants in the Hong Kong International Airport and the best among them are the SkyCity Bistro, Sorabol Restaurant, Pizza Express to name a few among the 100 other restaurants found there that also sells delectable food.

2.3 Which Airport Restaurant Serves The Best Food In The World?

It is quite difficult to specifically mention a name because there are many in the list. But if you still need a name then the Southern Food at One Flew South of the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport is just awesome and has been rated so by the famous magazine Conde Nast.

2.4 Are All Airport Shops Duty-Free?

No, all airport shops are not free. It is therefore advisable to buy tech items from online stores as they offer a better deal. But usually, items that are specific to the area you are leaving can sometimes be duty-free.

2.5 How Much Cash Can I Carry Overseas?

There is no limit to the amount of money one can carry in a plane but one certainly needs to declare amounts more than $10000 in the custom form or be prepared with law enforcement authorities of the airport to explain the reasons for carrying such an amount.

2.6 What Are The Brands That I Can Get For Shopping At International Airports?

Every international airport has some great brands with their stand-alone stores in the airport shopping complex. You may also find brand names like Armani, Louis Vuitton, L’Oreal, Hermes, Gucci and many more.

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