New York, NY, July 07, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- The development of air transport has led to the fact that we can get from one corner of the world to another in just a few hours. Where there once were caravans and tourist stagecoaches going, there are huge modern airports of metal and glass being built now. Even small towns usually have their own airports, let alone millionaire-cities with dense tourist traffic. KiwiTaxi has made a research on which airports are truly considered the largest ones in the world. We've compared the passenger traffic, total building area, the quantity of terminals and airlines, and finally made a list for you.
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (Atlanta, USA)
The largest airport in the world is definitely Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Georgia near Atlanta. Each year, there are more than 101 million people flying to or from this air hub. By the way, this airport has 196 exits in 6 terminals, and by this criteria it is the world's record holder, as well. And though Hartsfield-Jackson mainly hosts domestic flights, it also handles not less than 33 world's airlines.
Interesting facts: It got its first name - Candler Field (a piece of land with an abandoned airport which was just going to become the biggest one in the world) - after former Atlanta mayor and Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler. Later, the airport was renamed after two other mayors - one of whom administrated its construction, and the other one did much to promote air travel within the state.
How to get to: you can get there by city subway (MARTA), public buses, taxi, or shuttle transfers (individual or group).
O'Hare Airport (Chicago, USA)
This airport is another American champion. In 2005, it had 972,246 arrivals and departures registered (and this is more than 2,500 ones a day). O'Hare hosts flights from 60 foreign air hubs and has 4 terminals and 186 exits.
Interesting facts: more than 1/6 of all flight cancellations in the USA are made at this airport, and that's why it has a bad reputation. On the other hand, this airport is loved by filmmakers - many scenes from classic Hollywood movies such as Sleepless in Seattle, Home Alone and others were shot here.
How to get to: you can get to the terminals by public transport (buses and the metro blue line) and regional shuttles to nearby states. Those who are late for a day flight can always be taken there by taxi or KiwiTaxi private transfers
The English pearl of this list is London Heathrow Airport. This is the largest airport in Europe which handles up to 68 million passengers a year in its 5 terminals. Heathrow is used by over 90 airlines flying to 170 countries of the world.
Interesting facts: It's rare to see a crowned person taking part in building an airport... But in 1953, the first slab of the first modern runway was ceremonially placed by Queen Elizabeth II.
How to get to: Heathrow is only 11 km away from London, so you can get to the city by underground, train, bus, or taxi. At the airport, there is Ultra personal rapid transit system which vehicles travel at speeds up to 40 km/h.
Haneda Airport (Japan, Tokyo)
Japanese Haneda Airport or Tokyo International Airport handles about 100,000 passengers each day. Though it operates mainly domestic flights (international ones are handled by Narita Airport), the number of its passengers can reach 75 million people a year. The airport has 3 terminals which handle 34 airlines.
Interesting facts: Terminal 1 (which is called "Big Bird") is built on the landfill. Local authorities used a piece of Tokyo Bay area for dumping, and later the airport authority took this fill to enlarge their terminal building.
How to get to: you can get from the airport to the city by monorail, train (Keikyu Line), bus, or a private transfer (KiwiTaxi - The brand name linked to https://kiwitaxi.com/), ShuttleDirect, FoxTransfer.
Los Angeles Airport (USA, California)
Los Angeles Airport is the last in the top five biggest airports of the world. 75 million people flew here last year. The airport has 9 terminals and 4 runways. 72 airlines from all over the world take here about 70,000 tourists and travellers each day.
Interesting facts: The airport authority announced in December 2015 that it was going to build a special VIP terminal for famous actors and celebrities. One visit to this terminal will cost famous guests from $1695. However, as the authority says, they will be fully protected from paparazzi cameras and pushy fans.
How to get to: there are commercial and free shuttles going from the airport to the city which can take a tourist to the metro green line. For those who appreciate comfort it is better to take a taxi or a private transfer.
The list of top largest airports is not static. Today the most visited air hub can be one place, and tomorrow it can be another. According to KiwiTaxi data, at least once every six months analysts collect information concerning passenger traffic, the quantity of airlines, and terminal building areas, and then announce new leaders of this list. It may well be true that one of the airports described by us will soon be replaced by a more progressive and modern one. And there is nothing left to do but watch this interesting competition.