Maximum speed, maximum comfort, maximum safety – this is the motto of modern airlines, and millions of passengers from all over the world enjoy using their services for their travels. It is quite natural that a large passenger traffic requires really large airports, so existing hubs are constantly being modernized and expanded, and new ones are being built at an accelerated pace.
Did you know that some of the world’s airports are larger than fairly large cities? Excellent infrastructure, modern design, a huge selection of services and services available to passengers make them a kind of megalopolises, living their own lives, inside other, real cities.
Today we have prepared a rating of the largest airports in the world – real giants that amaze the imagination. They must be seen at least once, because some of them can be safely called the wonder of the world!
1. King Fahd Airport in Saudi Arabia
Imagine Riga. Have you presented? Now double it and you get King Fahd International Airport. The largest airport in the world occupies a truly colossal area – 780 square kilometers!
Six-level terminals, one of which, Royal, serves only the royal family, two two-kilometer runways, a mosque for two thousand people, giant parking lots that can accommodate up to four thousand cars – all this allows the airport in Dammam to serve a really huge number of passengers. By the way, it is worth noting that the King Fahd airport is not operating at full capacity due to its not very convenient location, but the situation is gradually changing, and only in the last ten years the passenger traffic has more than quadrupled.
2. Denver airport in the USA
Opened in 1995, Denver Airport, the largest in the United States (140 km²), is probably shrouded in the most rumors and secrets, most of which are associated with its unusual architectural and design solutions.
Cited as a key link in conspiracy theories, it has endless lists of evidence to support the airport’s mysterious functions. For example, the roof of the terminal, made in the form of white tents, symbolizing the Rocky Mountains: you can hear many explanations of such a strange shape, including the “Indian” version – the roof in the form of wigwams was allegedly demanded from the municipal authorities of Denver by Indian leaders, since then the only projected airport was once home to the continent’s ancient indigenous cemetery. More popular, by the way, is another theory related to the same world conspiracy – made of fiberglass and Teflon “tents” perfectly isolate the premises from scanning with thermal imagers, which can allow a large number of people to be hidden inside the airport. Yes, and also, according to rumors,
Also, the list of “oddities” of the airport can be attributed to rather provocative paintings by contemporary artists decorating the main terminal of Denver airport – a creepy soldier in a gas mask destroying houses, dead girls and a dead leopard, a child reforging a saber – all this excites the minds of people who are confident in the existence of world conspiracies with wars, genocide and world domination.
3. Hartsfield-Jackson airport in the USA
The Hartsfield-Jackson airport located in Atlanta may not be the largest in the world, but it is the busiest – it handles more than 90 million passengers annually, that is, even more than London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle (70 and 60 million passengers, respectively) … Atlanta Airport is not well known outside the states as it serves mainly domestic flights, but a record 250,000 passengers passing through its terminals daily make it the busiest airport in the world, despite its relatively small area – only about 2,000 hectares. …
4. Capital International Airport in China
The largest airport in Asia, China Capital International Airport, is the fourth largest in the world and the second busiest. Three large-scale renovations, which resulted in an excellent modern infrastructure, and very reasonable prices in stores located on its territory, exactly the same as outside the airport, make it convenient for travelers. What can I say – 80 million passengers are served annually at the Capital Airport, and this figure speaks for itself.
It is worth noting that another international airport is under construction in Beijing, which is scheduled to open in 2020. According to the project, its capacity will be 130 million passengers, making it the largest and busiest hub in the world. King Fahd, you will soon have a serious competitor!
5. Dubai International Airport in the UAE
The United Arab Emirates today is a symbol of luxury and comfort, a real fairy tale, embodied in reality. The same can be said about the Dubai airport – in just half a century, from a tiny airport terminal, it turned into a megacomplex spread over vast territories. Four hotels, many shops, a large spa center, several swimming pools, free rental of baby strollers and electric cars, about 30 restaurants, cafes and bars, a business center, all kinds of services and services make it one of the most modern and functional in the world, a real paradise for travelers!