Airports are the center for air travel as they are where passenger aircraft and cargo aircraft take off and land. Airports help businesses connect and people move. In many instances, airports are essential as they are the fastest and most economical way for people to move from one place to another. Whereas it would take around a week via ship for voyages from New York to England, for instance, the average trip from New York City to London only takes around 7 hours via airplane. Here’s a list of the biggest airports.
Kunming International Airport
Kunming International Airport is an airport that serves the capital city of Yunnan province in China, Kunming. Given China has 1.4 billion people and the world’s second largest economy, Kunming International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world with over 32.2 million passengers passing through in 2021. Considering the expected growth in China’s middle class, Kunming International Airport will likely handle even more passengers in the future.
Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing Capital International Airport is the busiest airport in China’s capital with over 32.6 million passengers crossing the airport in 2021. Originally built as a gateway to Beijing for the Olympics in 2008, Beijing Capital International Airport is very advanced technologically and operationally with an aerodynamic roof and welcoming architecture.
Indira Gandhi International Airport
Indira Gandhi International Airport is India’s biggest airport that serves the capital of the country, New Delhi. With a throughput of over 37.1 million in 2021, the airport connects India with many major economic centers around the world that could promote economic growth. Given India’s population of almost 1.4 billion people and its fast economic growth rate, it is likely that Indira Gandhi International Airport will handle substantially more people in the future as well.
Sky Harbor International Airport
Sky Harbor International Airport is the main airport in the Greater Phoenix area that has about 1,200 daily flights that serve over 120 domestic and international destinations. In 2021, the airport had a throughput of over 38.8 million people, dwarfing the population of Phoenix which only has around 1.625 million residents.
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the main airport of China’s city of Chengdu which has a population of over 16.3 million people. Located around 10 miles from the city’s center, the airport served over 40.1 million passengers in 2021. Given its location, the airport is an important hub for many domestic flights in China.
Orlando International Airport
Orlando International Airport is the main airport for Orlando and Florida’s busiest airport with over 40 million passengers crossing through in 2021. The airport offers nonstop service connecting Orlando to more than 150 destinations worldwide including more domestic destinations than any other airport in Florida.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport had an average of 1,424 arrivals and departures every day in addition to having a throughput of 43,302,230 passengers in 2021. The airport offers nonstop air service to 184 destinations around the world and is the home to eight major air carriers as well as 15 regional carriers.
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