Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6354 times:
DFW is the largest in the world based on square feet of runway surface area.... which I think its a much better determination of physical size of the airport than land area (which isn't necessairly used). DEN comes in 2nd.
DFW = 13.9 million sqft
DEN = 12.2 million sqft
Also, DEN and DFW lead in combined length of all runways.
DFW = 80403ft
DEN = 76000ft
Any way you cut it, even if they're not the largest in some terms (such as owned land area), both of these airports are seriously massive.
N276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4683 times:
Quoting Flyf15 (Reply 8): DFW lead in combined length of all runways
Quoting ATCT (Reply 10): DFW, ATL, IAH all use their massive land areas to hold lots of traffic
Just to "piggyback" on these folks comments, DFW has 7 runways on it and held talks with the good people of Grapevine, TX and other surrounding communities to see if a 8th runway would be feasible (I don't know the outcome). It's crazy to see 4 different aircraft lined up on short finals from the north using 4 different runways at the same time.
FlyBoy84 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 365 posts, RR: 4 Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4633 times:
I had posted this before on someone's thread and ADDED SOME THINGS TO IT HERE, but the 10 largest US airport landmasses (acres) are:
I tried a post about the 10 Largest US airport landmasses, but it got deleted for being a duplicate.
I had gotten as far as identifying:
1. DEN (38000 acres)
2. DFW (17000+)
3. MCO (15000)
4. PIT (12000)
5. I got a three-way tie: IAD, IAH, and MCI - all with 10000 acres. I got the information from Wikipedia. In the past, IAD was 5th with 10000 acres; MCI had 9000, and IAH had ~8900. Since then, airport authorities across the country have bought land and built infrastructure (runways, terminals, etc.).
Quoting ATCT (Reply 10): (Riyadh is huge, as is believe it or not, OKC!)
OKC is 8000 acres according to the OKC website
After those, I saw that ORD has 7700 acres, but I couldn't get any further.
Of course, I also saw on Wikipedia that BLV, near St. Louis, encompasses 7003 acres (including Scott AFB - which has an 8000' parallel runway 7000' south and west of the 10000' strip). That puts the struggling airfield in some heady company. Perhaps 8th place.
While DTW is big, I've never seen it in the top 10 for US airports. According to the Metro airport website, it's 6700 acres with the new runway. Before that, I think it was like 4900 acres. So perhaps this is #9?
Yes, but it is the busiest and is still growing.
5 runways now.
A second "South" terminal will be built (ground breaking around end of this year supposedly) that will add an additional 36-40 more gates.
After or during construction of the "South" terminal will be the addition of a dedicated "International" terminal past the E concourse where it will house all customs, ticketing and baggage along with 15-20 gates I believe.
Not how many acres you got but how you utilize them!
IBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1825 posts, RR: 61 Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4548 times:
Quoting Yflyer (Reply 13): So, just out of curiosity what's the largest airport terminal in terms of square footage?
Quoting InbarD (Reply 14): I know HKG has the biggest terminal in the world, not sure about total airport area though.
Yes, I guess Hong Kong has the largest single terminal building in the world, with over 500,000 sq. meters.
However, the largest terminal complex in the world is Madrid-Barajas airport. The combined floor area of it's terminals is 1,000,000 sq meters. According to AENA (Spanish airports authority) It has a grand total of 230 boarding gates (104 equipped with jetways) and about 260-270 aircraft parking positions.
ORD HAS to be one of the world's largest airports as far as land mass goes.
The first time I saw the above picture my eyes went wide open and my jaw hit the floor. I had never known an airport could be so insanely big. Crazy thing is DFW is even bigger. I don't even wanna think about the new Dubai airport.