Largest Airports In The World 2021

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Air travel has become a vital piece of the global economy. It is the most popular means of travel over long distances due to its speed and relative level of safety. As a result, cities around the world have adapted quickly, building enormous airports and other infrastructural projects to meet the demand of the ever-growing passenger base.

Some of these projects are truly breathtaking and outfit themselves for a market on the upward trend. The King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest airport property by area. Taking up nearly 300 square miles, King Fahd International is about the size of New York City.

The Beijing Daxing airport in Beijing, China has the greatest square footage of any airport terminal in the world. It’s facilities total close to 7.5 million square feet, the equivalent of 130 football fields. Beijing Daxing was designed in a unique “starfish” configuration to optimize the egress of passengers. Although Beijing Daxing hasn’t yet seen the influx of passengers sufficient to take full advantage of its architecture, the airport is projected to be the busiest in the world by 2040.

The list of the world’s largest airports by square mileage:

  • King Fahd International (299.61) Saudi Arabia
  • Denver International (53.09) United States
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International (26.88) United States
  • Orlando International (20.78) United States
  • Washington Dulles International (18.75) United States
  • Beijing Daxing International (18) China
  • George Bush Intercontinental (17.19) United States
  • Shanghai Pudong International (15.4) China
  • Cairo International (14) Egypt
  • Suvarnabhumi (12.51) Thailand

Worth considering alongside the world’s largest airports are the world’s busiest airports. The two don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. King Fahd International, for example, hosts only about 9.7 million passengers annually, which places it well outside the top 100 in terms of traffic. In fact, King Fahd International isn’t even the busiest airport in Saudi Arabia. That title belongs to the King Abdulaziz International airport in Jeddah which sees 41 million passengers annually, many of whom seek pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta has had the highest rate of passenger traffic every year since 1998. This may come as a bit of a surprise, as Atlanta isn’t even one of the top 10 most populous cities in the United States. However, Atlanta is, at maximum, a two hour flight from over 80% of the US population. It’s convenient proximity and reputation as a hotspot for business and tourism, burdens Hartsfield-Jackson with over 110 million passengers per year.

One would expect New York City, the largest city in the US and arguably the most important city in the world, to make an appearance on this list and certainly be among the juggernauts in the United States. However, because New York’s traffic is split between three airports, much smaller cities such as Atlanta, Denver, and Dallas/Fort Worth all exceed the traffic of each individual New York City airport.

However, New York City’s predicament is worth taking into consideration, and if we combine the traffic of all three of New York’s airports, the city serves about 130 million annually, exceeding Hartsfield-Jackson by a sizable margin.

Lots of major cities have multiple airports. If we take into consideration every airport within a city’s metropolitan area, then London is the busiest city by air-passenger traffic. London has six total airports located within its metropolitan area and while only two of them crack the top 50 in traffic, they collaboratively transported around 177 million passengers in 2018.

The list of the world’s busiest airports by 2019 passengers:

  • Atlanta (110,531,300) United States
  • Beijing (100,011,000) China
  • Los Angeles (88,068,013) United States
  • Dubai (86,396,575) United Arab Emirates
  • Tokyo (85,505,054) Japan
  • Chicago O’hare (84,397,776) United States
  • London Heathrow (80,844,310) United Kingdom
  • Shanghai Pudong (76,153,500) China
  • Paris (76,150,007) France
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (75,066,956) United States

Largest Airports In The World 2021

Rank Country 2021 Population
China1,444,216,107
India1,393,409,038
United States332,915,073
Indonesia276,361,783
Pakistan225,199,937
Brazil213,993,437
Nigeria211,400,708
Bangladesh166,303,498
Russia145,912,025
Mexico130,262,216
Japan126,050,804
Ethiopia117,876,227
Philippines111,046,913
Egypt104,258,327
Vietnam98,168,833
Dr Congo92,377,993
Turkey85,042,738
Iran85,028,759
Germany83,900,473
Thailand69,950,850
United Kingdom68,207,116
France65,426,179
Tanzania61,498,437
Italy60,367,477
South Africa60,041,994
Kenya54,985,698
Myanmar54,806,012
South Korea51,305,186
Colombia51,265,844
Uganda47,123,531
Spain46,745,216
Argentina45,605,826
Sudan44,909,353
Algeria44,616,624
Ukraine43,466,819
Iraq41,179,350
Afghanistan39,835,428
Canada38,067,903
Poland37,797,005
Morocco37,344,795
Saudi Arabia35,340,683
Uzbekistan33,935,763
Angola33,933,610
Peru33,359,418
Malaysia32,776,194
Mozambique32,163,047
Ghana31,732,129
Yemen30,490,640
Nepal29,674,920
Venezuela28,704,954
Madagascar28,427,328
Cameroon27,224,265
Ivory Coast27,053,629
North Korea25,887,041
Australia25,788,215
Niger25,130,817
Taiwan23,855,010
Sri Lanka21,497,310
Burkina Faso21,497,096
Mali20,855,735
Malawi19,647,684
Chile19,212,361
Romania19,127,774
Kazakhstan18,994,962
Zambia18,920,651
Syria18,275,702
Guatemala18,249,860
Ecuador17,888,475
Senegal17,196,301
Netherlands17,173,099
Cambodia16,946,438
Chad16,914,985
Somalia16,359,504
Zimbabwe15,092,171
Guinea13,497,244
Rwanda13,276,513
Benin12,451,040
Burundi12,255,433
Tunisia11,935,766
Bolivia11,832,940
Belgium11,632,326
Haiti11,541,685
South Sudan11,381,378
Cuba11,317,505
Dominican Republic10,953,703
Czech Republic10,724,555
Greece10,370,744
Jordan10,269,021
Azerbaijan10,223,342
Portugal10,167,925
Sweden10,160,169
Honduras10,062,991
United Arab Emirates9,991,089
Tajikistan9,749,627
Hungary9,634,164
Belarus9,442,862
Papua New Guinea9,119,010
Austria9,043,070
Israel8,789,774
Switzerland8,715,494
Serbia8,697,550
Togo8,478,250
Sierra Leone8,141,343
Hong Kong7,552,810
Laos7,379,358
Paraguay7,219,638
Libya6,958,532
Bulgaria6,896,663
Lebanon6,769,146
Nicaragua6,702,385
Kyrgyzstan6,628,356
El Salvador6,518,499
Turkmenistan6,117,924
Singapore5,896,686
Denmark5,813,298
Republic Of The Congo5,657,013
Finland5,548,360
Norway5,465,630
Slovakia5,460,721
Oman5,223,375
Palestine5,222,748
Liberia5,180,203
Costa Rica5,139,052
Ireland4,982,907
Central African Republic4,919,981
New Zealand4,860,643
Mauritania4,775,119
Panama4,381,579
Kuwait4,328,550
Croatia4,081,651
Moldova4,024,019
Georgia3,979,765
Eritrea3,601,467
Uruguay3,485,151
Mongolia3,329,289
Bosnia And Herzegovina3,263,466
Jamaica2,973,463
Armenia2,968,127
Qatar2,930,528
Albania2,872,933
Puerto Rico2,828,255
Lithuania2,689,862
Namibia2,587,344
Gambia2,486,945
Botswana2,397,241
Gabon2,278,825
Lesotho2,159,079
North Macedonia2,082,658
Slovenia2,078,724
Guinea Bissau2,015,494
Latvia1,866,942
Bahrain1,748,296
Equatorial Guinea1,449,896
Trinidad And Tobago1,403,375
Timor Leste1,343,873
Estonia1,325,185
Mauritius1,273,433
Cyprus1,215,584
Eswatini1,172,362
Djibouti1,002,187
Fiji902,906
Reunion901,686
Comoros888,451
Guyana790,326
Bhutan779,898
Solomon Islands703,996
Macau658,394
Luxembourg634,814
Montenegro628,053
Western Sahara611,875
Suriname591,800
Cape Verde561,898
Maldives543,617
Malta442,784
Brunei441,532
Belize404,914
Guadeloupe400,020
Bahamas396,913
Martinique374,745
Iceland343,353
Vanuatu314,464
French Guiana306,448
New Caledonia288,218
Barbados287,711
French Polynesia282,530
Mayotte279,515
Sao Tome And Principe223,368
Samoa200,149
Saint Lucia184,400
Guam170,179
Curacao164,798
Kiribati121,392
Micronesia116,254
Grenada113,021
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines111,263
Aruba107,204
Tonga106,760
United States Virgin Islands104,226
Seychelles98,908
Antigua And Barbuda98,731
Isle Of Man85,410
Andorra77,355
Dominica72,167
Cayman Islands66,497
Bermuda62,090
Marshall Islands59,610
Northern Mariana Islands57,917
Greenland56,877
American Samoa55,100
Saint Kitts And Nevis53,544
Faroe Islands49,049
Sint Maarten43,412
Monaco39,511
Saint Martin39,234
Turks And Caicos Islands39,231
Liechtenstein38,250
San Marino34,017
Gibraltar33,698
British Virgin Islands30,421
Palau18,169
Cook Islands17,565
Anguilla15,117
Tuvalu11,931
Wallis And Futuna11,094
Nauru10,876
Saint Barthelemy9,907
Saint Pierre And Miquelon5,766
Montserrat4,977
Falkland Islands3,533
Niue1,619
Tokelau1,373
Vatican City800

Largest Airports In The World 2021