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World's Largest Airport?  
User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7116 times:

In terms of area, number of runways etc?


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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10331 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7059 times:

not positive, but i know that Denver is one of the biggest, with 53 square miles (~136 sq km) of land (larger than the city of Boston), and 5 (soon to be 6) runways. to give you more of an idea, the 5 existing runways are all 12,000 ft (~3650 m), and the 6th will be 16,000 ft (~4870 m), making it the "longest commercial runway in North America," according to flydenver.com.
~vik



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User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7014 times:

As a side note, 16,000' is longer than the Shuttle Landing Facility runway in Florida (15,000'). Wow.


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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10331 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6954 times:

indeed it is....new backup shuttle landing facility?  Smile


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User currently offlineThunder9 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6905 times:

DFW currently has seven runways, and plans are in the works for number eight over on the far west side of the airport. I believe that if the new runway is built, they will also extend the north end of current runways 17R/35L and 18C/36C, which would make four runways of at least 12,000 feet in length.

-J



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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6786 times:

What's about Riyadh (RUH) in Saudi Arabia?

In terms of size it has to be the biggest Worldwide since the world doesn't stop at the US border ...



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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6737 times:

I believe Swissgabe is correct, in terms of area I believe that Riyadh is indeed the biggest by quite a bit.


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User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6706 times:

Riyadh is the world's largest airport, covering over 87 square miles (225 square km).

For gods sake don't tell the Americans that an Arab country has a bigger airport than the USA!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Noel


User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6685 times:

since the world doesn't stop at the US border

I don't think that comment was necessary.  Sad


User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6648 times:

Take it as a joke Big thumbs up
Don't take it to seriously  Laugh out loud

Josh


User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6634 times:

King Khaled INTL/AB in Riyadh is indeed the worlds largest airport/airbase.

It has two rwys, 15L/33R, 15R/33L. Both of the rwys have the same dimensions, 13796 x 197 feet, and are also equipt with ILS's.


User currently offlineGhost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5236 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6615 times:

Here in Mexico there are some plans of building a second runway of 5KM / 5,000 M in TLC/MMTO airport which is Toluca Intl.... So if they do., that will be North America's longest rwy..... but for now DEN will have it....

Ricardo Morales  Smile




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User currently offlinePetazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6333 times:

Some of these 'jokes' aren't very funny. I mean, what's the point of saying stuff like that? Was anybody suggesting that the rest of the world doesn't count?

Anyways, it would seem tome that the US or Russian Air Forces would have very large airbases and proving grounds- equiped with long runways, etc.

Maybe not.


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6305 times:

Petazulu - I think the reason for the joke is that every single time one of these topics come up (once every month or so) the American airports always get nominated first despite their being bigger/larger/higher/whatever airports outside of the US  Big grin.

User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6275 times:

Yes I think Denver has to be somewhere up there. The last time i was there it was the biggest in the world. that was about 3 years ago. Thats just according to the Rental car guy. But im pretty sure Denver is still up there in terms of the largest in the world.

 Smile


User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6238 times:

Denver International is the largest in the US and I believe second-largest in the world in terms of land area. But Riyadh just beats it hands down. Here's my overview of DEN.


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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10331 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6225 times:

In terms of US airbases (i can't speak for the rest of the world), don't know if they should be included as a lot of their area consists of nothing but desert. Though I suppose if you count the lakebed runways at Edwards and White Sands, they would probably be up there in size (Edwards' longest is something like 7 miles).


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User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6222 times:

Great pic - you don't get many overviews of big airports that get everything or almost everything in - nice one! Big thumbs up

Josh


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6184 times:

I always though it was DFW or Riyadh.


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User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6148 times:

DFW is a bit smaller than DEN, which makes it 2nd largest in US and probably 3rd largest in the world in terms of land area. Next time I fly, I hope to get an even better overview of DEN.

Alex.



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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6144 times:

For the 2002 statistics on passengers, see this site: http://www.geohive.com/charts/linkc.php?xml=ec_airport&xsl=ec_port

In terms of sheer size, I couldn't find anything official. However, in terms of square miles (terminals, runways, airport territory) I am almost positive that the top three are:

1. RUH
2. DEN
3. DFW

I know that when it was built, DFW was the largest airport in the world in terms of size; it was soon surpassed by RUH.

Also, with seven (eight on its way) runways, DFW has more runways than any other commerical airport.


[Edited 2003-08-07 17:37:14]

[Edited 2003-08-07 17:38:10]


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User currently offlinePetazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6123 times:

Can anyone explain wy RUH is so big? I mean, its a big city and all, but why is the airport that large a land mass? Is there a special condition that requires such size?

Just curious.


User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6065 times:

I know that when it was built, DFW was the largest airport in the world in terms of size; it was soon surpassed by RUH

King Khalid International was operational before DFW was built


User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6060 times:

Petazulu --

In the 1970s, many Gulf states were so flush with petrodollars that they launched thousands of massive "white elephant" construction projects simply for status reasons. The airport at Riyadh was one of these. If you look, it doesn't even approach the top numbers for passenger traffic (MCO and STL have more passengers than RUH). However, back in the oil boom days the Saudis wanted to have the world's biggest airport, and they built it.

A similar example comes from the United Arab Emirates: two cities there (I can't remember which ones) were in a big competition with each other, so they both build huge, gleaming international airports -- 10 miles apart.



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User currently offlinePetazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6012 times:

Ssides,

That is what I figured. I just didn't want my assumption to be flamed. I can't imagine the need for such a large airport, but hey- its not my money I guess.


25 STT757 : "King Khaled INTL/AB in Riyadh is indeed the worlds largest airport/airbase. It has two rwys, 15L/33R, 15R/33L. Both of the rwys have the same dimensi
26 STT757 : The largest airfield/ airbase/longest runways in the World would the the airbase located at the Groom Lake test facility on the Nevada test site. It's
27 Tom in NO : Regards US airports, DFW is about 17,000 acres, DIA is a little more than that. But remember that MCO is also in that ballpark. Tom at MSY
28 Jrlander : RUH is an interesting place. I didn't fly into it, I flew into Bahrain and took the causeway into Saudi. However, I did drive by it. It is really a be
29 Post contains images EGGD : So Riyadh is only partially correct, interms of BOTH land area and runways Denver would be the largest. How do you figure? Riyadh is bigger, Denver ha
30 Post contains images Vikkyvik : "Regards US airports, DFW is about 17,000 acres, DIA is a little more than that. But remember that MCO is also in that ballpark." DEN is actually over
31 Deltamike172 : The main reason for all the runways in Denver is becuase, reguardless of passengers per year it handles, it still is top 10 in the world for aircraft
32 AS739X : EGGD-whats so bad about the design? I dont follow. DIA can have 3 planes making an approach at the same time, in a blizzard. Don't bring LHR pax numbe
33 Ssides : Who has stats on the airport with the most operations? I know DFW briefly took this title in the late 1990s, but I think it's fallen off.
34 BO__einG : What about Terminal Complex. I think Atlanta's huge complex was the worlds biggest but now I believe its Chep Lap Kok. Its huge Y design is massive. W
35 Timz : Just checked on Riyadh: the two 4200-meter parallel runways are 2700 meters apart. So does that 225 sq km mostly include at-present-unused area?
36 Post contains images DoorsToManual : So does that 225 sq km mostly include at-present-unused area? Yup. I've sometimes used it when cycling with the Riyadh Wheelers It's just a load of sa
37 Gigneil : Denver's runways are laid out in an absolutely perfect pattern. None cross each other at any point, they're all large distances from each other, they
38 TrnsWrld : OMG that Denver airport is in middle of NOWHERE!!!! I just looked at that picture and really suprised me. Where the hell is the city?
39 Post contains images An-225 : Downtown Denver is about half an hour away on the higway, TrnsWrld. The airport can expand 5 times its size and still not worry about NIMBY's. There's
40 N1641 : my 10 year old brother says its some airport in Denver! saw it on the history channel today
41 WorldTraveler : Folks, ATL has got to be one of the best run airports and that counts for far more than how many runways or how much space. ATL has 4 parallel runways
42 Boeing4ever : In terms of size it has to be the biggest Worldwide since the world doesn't stop at the US border ... We all know Swissgabe's history and I don't buy
43 IndustrialPate : Downtown Denver is about half an hour away on the higway... Maybe if the highway was the Autobahn...
44 SN-A330 : I suggest everyone stops discussing the 'US versus The World' issues here and stays on topic: World's Largest Airport? If not, we'll have to archive t
45 PW100 : . . . has more flights from ATL than any other airline has from any other airport so the excuse that DEN needs a bunch of runways to accommodate UA's
46 Gigneil : PW100 is right. The special runway configurations are due to weather and wind. Maybe if the highway was the Autobahn... Not even. I could reliably get
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