The 10 Largest Airports In The World

By Abhinandan Lawati

With the fuel prices spiraling upwards on a daily basis, the airport industry is not necessarily a booming industry. Despite the high ticket prices, people still travel to different places regularly, either for pleasure or for business matters. Here, we take a look at some of the largest airports in the world. As the title suggests, the list only contains of airports that have the largest areas. 

Here are some interesting facts:

  • The first photos to be uploaded to Instagram were taken at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • King Fahd International Airport has an elevation of 72ft above sea level.
  • There are 3 airports from America, 1 each from Saudi Arabia, France, Spain, Thailand, Egypt, and 2 from China in this list.
  • It has been reported that around 3 million cubic yards of concrete were used in the establishment of runways, taxiways and aprons in Denver International Airport.
  • Denver International Airport has an elevation of 5,431 ft above sea level.
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport began operations in 1999.
largest airports in the world

1. King Fahd International Airport, Saudi Arabia

Total Area : 77,600 hectares

People in the Middle East truly live life king size. Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd International Airport is an example of their spending power. The airport covers an area stretching 77,600 hectares. In terms of area size, this airport is the largest airport in the world. The terminals alone are 6 stories high. It’s definitely a different world out there.

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2. Denver International Airport, United States

Total Area : 14,000 hectares

Denver International Airport holds the honor of being America’s biggest airport by a long mile. The airport continues to place very high on the lists of best run airports. It has 2 main terminals and 3 main field concourses. It holds the honor of being the second biggest airport in the world in terms of area size.

3. Dallas Fort Worth , United States

Total Area : 6,963 hectares

Dallas Fort Worth serves as the main hub for American airlines and rightly so. The airport covers an area of 6963 hectares. The airport is known to have 5 terminals with enough room to be extended to 15.

4. Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China

Total Area : 3,300 hectares

Established in Shanghai, the Pudong International Airport covers a total area of 3300 hectares. The 3rd terminal is currently undergoing construction and it is scheduled for completion in 2015. The airport can proudly accommodate around 80 million passengers at a time.

5. Charles de Gaulle Airport, France

Total Area : 3,200 hectares

Famously known as Roissy Airport, Charles de Gaulle airport is built on an area of 3200 hectares.  The airport is also a busy one with figures in 2012 suggesting it to be the 2nd busiest airport in the world. Air France uses the airport as its main hub.

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6. Madrid Barajas, Spain

Total Area : 3,050 hectares

The main international airport of Madrid, Spain is humongous and capable of handling an astonishing 70 million passengers at a time. Built on an area of 2050 hectares, Madrid Barajas acts as the main hub for airline, Iberia.

7. Suvarnabhumi Airport , Thailand

Total Airport : 2,980 hectares

Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi airport is one of the standout airports in Asia. The airport covers an astounding area of 2980 hectares, and is the main hub for Thai Airways International. Here’s a surprising fact for you; the first photos to be uploaded to Instagram were taken here.

8. Chicago O’Hare International Airport, United States

Total Area : 2,760 hectares

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is a massive airport covering nearly 2760 hectares. The airport also serves as the main hub of several carriers notably United Airlines. Recently, the airport was also voted as the Best Airport in North America.

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9. Cairo International Airport, Egypt

Total Area : 2,550 hectares

Cairo International Airport holds the distinct honor of being the 9th biggest airport in the world. Egypt’s busiest airport covers an area of 2550 hectares. At least 9 cargo airlines and 45 different passenger airlines make their presence in the runways of Cairo International Airport.

10. Beijing International Airport, China 

Total Area : 2,330 hectares

The international airport of Beijing is the 10th largest airport in the world, covering 2330 hectares of land. According to reports in 2012, around 557,167 aircrafts were reported to have taken off and landed at the airport, making it one of the busiest airports around.

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