Where are the 10 largest airports in the world? Already developed countries or developing countries? If you have ever visited a major airport, then you know how large they are, but imagine how big an airport would have to be to make the list of the top 10 largest airports in the world. There are thousands of commercial airports all around the world, and they are of different shapes and sizes, but some are bigger than others. Much bigger.
Airports are the most common gateway from one country to another, and they are not just about the landing of major planes from Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) and Airbus. Airports not only provide the infrastructure for the aircraft to land, but they also handle immigration issues, cargo, and even catering for the passengers. Not to mention flight control.
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Two years ago we published a more comprehensive list of the 21 biggest airports in the world. The rankings changed as new mega airports were built in China and Turkey, so we decided to publish this updated list. This list reveals the trend that world’s economic center of gravity is shifting to east as there is only one “western” airport among the top 4 results.
The criteria used to select these airports are primarily based on the number of travelers that they handle annually. It is because the number of passengers directly correlates with the number of planes that the Airport can handle and, subsequently, the physical size of the airport. Some of the data has also been corrected from research on similar websites that have touched on the same topic. A result of our criteria is the exclusion of Istanbul Airport which partially opened last year and will officially open at the end of 2019. Istanbul Airport currently handles a small number of passengers and it costed nearly $12 billion to build.
Also, popularly known as the Charles de Gaulle Airport is a French Airport that is also the largest in the country, and it also happens to be one of the busiest airports in Europe. To put its capacity into perspective, this airport served about 72 million passengers in 2018, taking into account arrivals and departures, while in 2016, it served almost 66 million passengers.