Air travel has become more popular than ever before as ticket prices have fallen drastically, especially with the emerging of new low-cost airlines. In this article we’ll talk about the world’s largest airports, and see what makes them unique.
Casual travelers may not care about how airports look, and may not even take into consideration the services provided by these airports because they see it as just a very small stay. On the other hand, those who travel frequently see the airports are their second homes, especially when they need to wait for 2-3 hours between flights.
Without further introduction, let’s jump straight into the list of the most unique airports of the world!
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
The O’Hare Airport is located in the northern part of Chicago and is one of the most densely populated airports in the world. In 2016 only, 66,883,271 passengers passed through this airport.
Chicago O’Hare is most usually host to aircrafts operating in North America that are largely owned by United Airlines, which has a large partnership with American Airlines.
It is considered one of the most developed airports in terms of services and delays issues are virtually nonexistent here. If you are going to ask a person working in the US air transport for the best airport, Chicago O’Hare is probably the first name they might think of.
Haneda International Airport in Tokyo
Tokyo International Airport, also known as Haneda Airport, ranks fourth as the best airport in the world. In 2016, 68,906,636 passengers passed through this airport.
This airport is continuously growing in terms of its size and number of airlines it accommodates. We can’t rule out the possibility that by the next few years when traffic figures for each year are released, it may move to #2.
In the past, the Haneda Tokyo airport was absorbing only internal traffic, but a few years since its opening it grew to become an international airport. Currently, the airport is designed to sustain more than 90 million passengers a year, and this figure will be reached soon because so many international companies are starting to use it. It is also known as one of the most accurate airports in the world especially because of its great logistics.
London International Airport in Heathrow
Third on our list we have an airport you probably already visited if you ever traveled to London. In 2016, the airport was host to 72,638,630 passengers and was named the most visited airport by international travelers. It is also one of the main hubs in Europe and an important link with Asia and the United States. British Airways is one of the most influential airlines at this airport.
Like the two airports before, London Heathrow is steadily expanding and is already building a new runway, the third at this airport. There are also direct links to the high-speed train between Heathrow Airport and Gatwick, the other London airport.
Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing Capital International Airport ranks second in the best airports, and it is also Asia’s largest and most intensive airport. Last year, 83,712,355 passengers passed through this airport. It is the hub of Chinese Air China, China Southern Airlines and Haian Airlines.
Beijing Capital has recorded the highest growth rate of passenger traffic, by 4% each year over the last five years. Beijing Airport is probably the most iconic airport in the world and is one of the few airports that accommodate more than 100 million passengers a year.
Hartsfield International Airport – Jackson Atlanta
Perhaps you think the title of the biggest airport may be in Asia or the Middle East, but Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta in the United States has the largest number of passengers per year — more exactly, up to 94,430,785 passengers. This is because this airport is a link between all airlines in the United States, a country where any distance longer than 400 km is traveled by plane. The famous Delta Airlines are responsible for about 60 percent of the traffic to the airport, followed by AirTran.
The major economic powers have a large share among the world’s largest airports in terms of the number of passengers. United States and Asia have two, while Europe has the largest airport in the UK.
We can expect significant changes in this list, especially if we take into account the airports emerging in the last few years, such as those in Dubai , Hong Kong and Turkey, which built the largest airport in the world.