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The other day I read a post (and I republished it in CityLines Facebook page) about the largest airports in the world, it talked about the number of people passing through them each year. When I was reading I thought, well, actually I have not ever read about the size of the largest airports in the world, so I decided to measure them by myself, and I realized that it was pretty interesting.

I just took the Google Earth tool to define the limit of the airports by photo interpretation. Then I used the Esri free application for iPad to measure the airport polygons. I measured the airports that I supposed that were the biggest in every continent. Now, I am going to publish the largest airports in 4 different posts. The order of publication will be related with the continent of the airports:

  1. Europe
  2. North America
  3. Asia-Australia
  4. South America-Africa-Middle East

(lately I have posted a resume about the efficiency of airports’ land use). So here you have the first part of the Airports serial, you can see their photo and size!

(notice that: you can see a video-resume of this info linking to this city-lines post)

Madrid Barajas International Airport (Spain): 3050 Ha

Barcelona El Prat International Airport (Spain): 950 Ha

London Heathrow International Airport (UK): 1215 Ha

Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (France): 3100 Ha

Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (The Netherlands): 2380 Ha

Thanks to Erik Griswold who told me that I forgot “Polderbaan” airstrip (Runway 36L/18R). Map & size figure are corrected

Frankfurt International Airport (Germany): 1470 Ha

Roma Fiumicino International Airport (Italy): 1395 Ha

Moscu Sheremetyevo International Airport (Russia): 875 Ha

13 Comments

  1. And Zaragoza Airport???!!! 😀

  2. can’t wait for Asia, they tend to be mind blowing. 😀

  3. Erik Griswold

    Your map (and measure?) of Schiphol (AMS) is inaccurate because it leaves out the “Polderbaan” (Runway 36L/18R) located to the northwest of your map/photo

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  8. Herr Dimitrije Sweden

    One of the world biggest is Arlanda air port in Stockholm, Kingdom of Sweden.

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