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Biggest Airport In The World – You Will Never Guess

The biggest airport in the world by far is still in the US. Other international airports are catching up and some of them can claim to be the biggest if measured on other things than total passenger count.

The biggest airport in the world handles 100 flights per hour on average
Deciding which is the biggest airport in the world depends on what you want to measure. Normally, when determining the size of an airport. It is not the number of runways or their length that is used. But the number of passengers they handle on an annual basis.
There are three airports that are considerably larger than the rest, namely the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Beijing Airport, and London Heathrow.

HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States it is ranked as the biggest airport by most passengers annually and most flights (1998 – present).

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The biggest airport in the world in terms of total passengers
This relatively unknown (if you live outside the US) airport is in a class of its own when it comes to number of passengers. the airport handled 101 Million passengers and 882,497 flights in 2015. The Airport which was at first named Candler Field, started out as an abandoned race track in 1925 and you can safely say that it has grown a bit since then.
The airport is also number one when it comes to the total number of takeoffs and landings. It has held the lead for decades partly because it has a huge number of domestic destinations but also because of it’s geographic location in the southern United States. This makes it a major international hub for flights to many parts of the world.
Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing, China
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The second biggest airport in the world in terms of total passengers.

The city of Beijing has grown in pace with the development of the Chinese economy and it’s airport has flourished in recent times. The State carrier Air China uses the airport as its primary hub. The number of annual passengers is over 80 million and the Airport serves around 200 international destinations.

An interesting fact is that the gigantic Terminal 3 is the sixth-largest building in the world. Beijing is currently building a second airport which is expected to increase the passenger handling capacity of the city’s airports to 150 million.

Heathrow Airport, London, England, United Kingdom
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London Heathrow Airport handles the most international transit passengers in the world

London Heathrow Airport is the airport in the world with most international passengers passing through each year. About 75 million passengers land and take off on the two cramped runways year. Europeans travelling west towards North America, Central America, the Caribbean or South America often makes a stopover at London’s Heathrow Airport. If at all possible you should really try to avoid it as it is overcrowded, understaffed and crammed with security checkpoints.

Heathrow which began life as a small rural airstrip became the international hub for London during World War 2 where it was expanded for serving long distance military craft heading for the Far East. By the time it was nearly finished, the war ended and the airport was used for civilian purposes instead.

Honorable mention: Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong SAR
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The biggest airport in the world in therms of cargo transport.

Built entirely on reclaimed land, it is the biggest airport in the world in terms of cargo transport. It handled more than 400.000 flights and massive 4.4 million tons of cargo in 2015. The location and political status of Hong Kong makes the entry port into China for most of the worlds cargo, both on land and sea.