Have you ever visited one of the world’s largest airports? If you’re not sure, we’ve got the top list for you here. But be ready if you do visit one of these behemoths – it might take you longer than anticipated to find your gate!
Most of us have been to an airport, many of us have been to multiple airports. But have you been to the world’s largest airports? The world’s largest airports are much more than aircraft hubs. Many are places for luxury shopping, art, and even entertainment. In this article, we’ll look at the world’s top five largest airports and their highlights.
King Fahd International Airport (Dammam, Saudi Arabia)
The world’s largest airport measured by land area is King Fahd International Airport (KFIA) in Saudi Arabia. These massive airport’s footprint takes up nearly 300 square miles. It’s no surprise it took 15 years to build. If you ever visit be prepared to navigate through the six-story terminal that spans 3.5 million square feet. There’s even a mosque on the roof that can accommodate 2000 worshippers.
Denver International Airport (Denver, Colorado)
Denver International Airport covers just over 52 square miles – a fraction of KFIA but still massive compared to other airport footprints. DIA is known for the longest public-use runway in the country. It’s also famous for the number of full-range destinations it can reach worldwide. DIA has won “Best Airport in North America” more than once.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Dallas and Tarrant Counties, Texas)
Just south of Denver is the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. This big airport covers 27 miles, about half of DIA. Located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, the airport has its own ZIP code and emergency services. The five terminal airport flies to over 200 destinations across the globe. DFW is the largest hub for American Airlines and sees tens of millions of passengers pass through its gates every year.
Orlando International Airport (Orlando, Florida)
Just 200 miles from our Florida flight school, Orlando International Airport (MCO) comes in fourth place on our list of the world’s largest airports. At just under 21 square miles, it’s not far behind DFW. It’s also one of the busiest airports in the United States. It gets a lot of traffic from tourists coming in to visit Orlando’s world-famous theme parks, and is a perfect location for many local Floridian travelers.
Washington Dulles International Airport (Dulles, Virginia)
26 miles west of the nation’s capital is the Washington Dulles International Airport. The airport’s footprint takes up 18.7 square miles and has 135 available gates. Outside of New York, IAD sees the most international passengers every year. Many are coming to visit the historic capital monuments.