21 Biggest Airports in the World

Which are the biggest airports in the world? Those who fly frequently are likely to have been to one of the biggest airports in the world. Read to know how many you’ve managed to visit! Airports, with their huge area, have become a convenient hub for transport and transit between continents and countries. The eleven airports in this list services about 10 million passengers a year. The Beijing Capital International Airport in China serves 94 million travelers a year! We would do better to note that the size of the airport does not play a major role in the traffic received by that airport. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is relatively small with 1,900 hectares but caters to about 104 million travelers a year! The King Fahd International Airport is 76,100 hectares big but catered to only 10 million travelers in 2015.

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The airport’s location plays a major role in the traffic it gets. It’s acceptable to assume that Saudi Arabia gets less traffic than the US which explains the statistics above. Though all the airports on this list are owned by the government or the states, there is some business angle involved in some of the airports. Publicly traded companies are the owners of airports in Mexico! Be it public or private, airports do attract a reasonable amount of traffic. The airports also have business deals with many companies which is why some airlines use some airports as their hub. International airports have contracts with service providers around the world. Macquarie Infrastructure Corp provides a terminal aircraft hangars, fuel, and other general services at 69 airports in the US.

We have already done a list of the biggest airports in the world. This is an edited version with extra entries, updated traveler details, and information about each airport hub. King Fahd International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport are some of the biggest airports in the world. King Fahd International Airport is situated in Saudi Arabia and is about 78,000 hectares. Shanghai Pudong International Airport is China’s largest airport at 3,350 hectares and catered to about 66 million travelers in 2016. Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport is located in Spain and was named after Spain’s first president post the Franco era. It is 3,050 hectares big and catered to 50.4 million travelers in 2016. Check out the other huge airports and maybe plan a trip to land in one of them! Happy travels!

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