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Worlds biggest and smallest airports

world's biggest and smallest airports

World’s biggest airports


London Heathrow

Located at the west London, England Heathrow is the biggest and busiest airport of the world. It had a record of 73.4 million passengers in 2014 and this rate increased by percentage of 1.4.

It has two parallel east-west runways along with 4 runways. It is 23 km west of central London. The airport is surrounded by the HarlingtonLongford and Cranford.


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International

Locally known as Atlanta Airport, it is located 7 miles south of the central region of Atlanta. Nearly one million flights are domestic within US, where Atlanta is functioned as a major hub. This airport has 207 domestic and international gates. As an international gateway to the US, Atlanta ranked sixth amongst all other airports. In 2012 it ranked as the busiest airport according to the number of flights and passengers.

Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing Capital International Airport is the main international airport that serves Beijing. It is located 32 kilometers northeast of city center. It is the main hub for air china, which flies to around 120 destinations.

Beijing Capital did an addition of one more terminal in 2008 and it was declared as the second largest airport terminal after Dubai international airport and the 6th largest building of the world in terms of area. It covers the capacity of 1.480 hectares of land. It was world’s second busiest airport in terms of traffic of passengers from the year 2010-2015.


O’Hare International Airport

Also known as Chicago international airport, it is located at the Northwest side of Chicago. It serves as the primary airport of Chicago. In 2014, it was ranked as the busiest airport of the world by the numbers of takeoff and landings. It is the main hub for American airlines and united airlines. Until 1998 O’Hare was the sixth busiest airport of the world in number of passengers.


Tokyo International Airport

Commonly known as Haneda airport, it is one of the two primary airports that serve greater area of Tokyo.

Haneda handled almost all flights to and from Tokyo. It handled 72,826,862 passengers in 2014, at that time it was the second busiest airport in Asia and 4th busiest in world after Atlanta and Beijing international airport.


Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport

Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport is one of the busiest airports of France and largest of Paris 2 airports. It handled 62,052,917 passengers in 2013. It is named after Charles De Gaulle who was the leader of Free French Forces and founder of fifth French Republic.

This airport serves as a Hub for Air France and it is also the world’s 10th busiest airport.


World’s Smallest Airports

Juancho E Yrausquin Airport

It was named after the Aruban Minister Juancho. It serves as the world’s smallest runway at only 400 meters or just a quarter of a mile, The airport is only for Jet traffic but other aircrafts are also able to land there under The Netherlands Antilles Civil Aviation Authority. Two most common aircrafts landing there are the BN-2 Islander and Twin Otter.

Moshoeshoe International Airport

Moshoeshoe International Airport covers area of 1630 meters and two of its runways are as short as 1000 meters. It is a single runway airport with only few facilities and the only non-domestic flights are to Johannesburg with South African Airways. It has only one restaurant, a gift shop and a small bar to relax.

Luang Prabang Airport, Laos

It is located in Luang Prabang and covers an area of 2200 meters. It is one of the few airports located at Laos. It was located at a mountainous area thus considered as a risky place to land airplanes but in 2011 steps were taken to make it safer.

The airlines that it supports are:

  • Lao Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Vietnam Airways
  • China Eastern Airways.

Morgantown Municipal Airport

Moshoeshoe International Airport is primarily aided for general aviation and is only served by one commercial airline which connects it with the town of Clarksburg and Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington DC. According to federal Aviation administration, this airport had 10,239 passengers boarding in 2012 which decreased by 4.1%. The airports runways cannot handle larger airplanes.

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