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User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6648 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 65551 times:

What is the largest commercial airport in the world in terms of area? We all should know that DEN is the largest in the U.S., but what about the world?


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User currently offlineDallasnewark From Estonia, joined Nov 2005, 495 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 65512 times:

In terms of existing infrastrucutre (if you account parking lots, paved roads, building), DEN is behind DFW


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User currently offlineTonytifao From Brazil, joined Mar 2005, 1035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 65512 times:

I believe DEN is the largest in the world in terms of area and MCO second.

User currently offlineDallasnewark From Estonia, joined Nov 2005, 495 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 65490 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
I believe DEN is the largest in the world in terms of area and MCO second.

The one in Riyadh is the largest in terms of area



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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 65421 times:

Quoting Dallasnewark (Reply 3):
The one in Riyadh is the largest in terms of area

That is correct, Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH) is the largest airport in terms of land space; 225 km²!


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User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 65365 times:

I know MAD has recently been up in the top 5.


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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9268 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 65218 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 4):
That is correct, Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH) is the largest airport in terms of land space; 225 km²!

Yeah, I would have to say that that is one big-ass airport!!!

Back to the states though, it's DEN by land area. ORD, ATL, and MCO are up there as well, and so is my hometown PIT, but not anywhere near the size of DEN, ORD, or ATL... In terms of land area, I think PIT is like 5th if I am not mistaken...



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User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 65218 times:

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 5):
I know MAD has recently been up in the top 5.

MAD is currently the world's largest airport in terms of terminal buildings area.

However, if we're talking about land area occupied by the airport complex then there are bigger airports around the world.



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User currently offlineBnamaxx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 65186 times:

Quoting Tonytifao (Reply 2):
I believe DEN is the largest in the world in terms of area and MCO second

When did MCO get bigger than DFW? According to each airport's website, DFW is approximately 17,000 acres while MCO is 15,000.


User currently offlineScouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3402 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 65144 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 4):
That is correct, Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH) is the largest airport in terms of land space; 225 km²!

That's bonkers - so taxiing could take half an hour or more!


User currently offlineWillbdsp From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 65132 times:

PIT is 12,900 acres. This makes it the fourth largest in the US. ORD and ATL can fit in the boundries of the airport (with room to spare). This comes from the airport's website (and also is on wikipedia).

User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9268 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 65097 times:

Quoting Willbdsp (Reply 10):
PIT is 12,900 acres. This makes it the fourth largest in the US. ORD and ATL can fit in the boundries of the airport (with room to spare). This comes from the airport's website (and also is on wikipedia).

Oh...  eyepopping 

Thanks for the correction! I didn't realize how massive PIT's field really was!!!!Perhaps I just forgot. I did know that two other massive airports could fit snuggly within the boundaries, but I didn't think/remember that they were ORD and ATL, the two busiest airports in the country!



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User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 64980 times:

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 9):
That's bonkers - so taxiing could take half an hour or more!

LOL bonkers.... What airport in the world is there that will take you less than a half an hour to taxi?



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User currently offlineLovinitflyboy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 64926 times:

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 9):
That's bonkers - so taxiing could take half an hour or more!

Taxiing to the far off runway in AMS takes about that. Flying from AMS to LHR when using that runway, (and you know what LHR is like) more time can be spent on the ground than in the air!!

But back to the topic, what about JED does that not come close. I remember last time i was there i saw a city map and the International airport was like half the size of the city itself!

Also Dubai World Central (when it opens) where in the list will that be?


User currently offlineMagyarorszag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 64913 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 11):
I didn't realize how massive PIT's field really was!!!!

Then have a look at that picture.


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Quoting Evan767 (Reply 12):
What airport in the world is there that will take you less than a half an hour to taxi?

You sure you don't wanna add a word to reduce the number of potential answers to your question? Otherwise I'd start by saying that in GVA taxi time is well below 30 minutes.   

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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 64795 times:

I was under the impression that at one time, or still, Domodedovo (DME) has the largest amount of paved tarmac/runway/taxiway space in use. I will try and find a link!

User currently offline747433 From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 64780 times:

The Canadian Government expropriated huge amounts of land to build Montreal Mirabel in the 70s. At the time the total area available for airport use was in the top 5 worlwide.

User currently offlineIberiaA319 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 574 posts, RR: 38
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 64760 times:

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 7):
MAD is currently the world's largest airport in terms of terminal buildings area.

However, if we're talking about land area occupied by the airport complex then there are bigger airports around the world.

Yes, in terms of terminal builidings area MAD is the largest with 1 km2 (247 acres)

The whole land area of Madrid's airport complex has a surface of 39.44 km2 or 9745 acres, so there are bigger airports in the world.

Anyway, it's a big airport


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User currently offlineSv2008 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 64723 times:

I went to MAD a few years ago (2002) and don't remember it been that big......I think it has been extended since then but i'm not sure......

User currently offlineIberiaA319 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 574 posts, RR: 38
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 64673 times:

Quoting Sv2008 (Reply 18):
went to MAD a few years ago (2002) and don't remember it been that big......I think it has been extended since then but i'm not sure......

Well you haven't seen the massive new terminals for Iberia and One World partners (and other carriers), the old ones are for Skyteam and Star Alliance (and LCCs). Currently MAD has 104 parking positions with jetways.

These are the new ones.


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User currently offlineAADC10 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 64458 times:

In the case of DEN much of the land will never really be used for the airport. It is a buffer zone to prevent encroaching development from moving in and complaining about the noise. Riyadh apparently also includes a great deal of undeveloped land. Dubai is proposing a new airport with tons of empty desert within its boudries as well. HNL is very large if you include the connected Hickam airbase, although it is not for commerical use.

It would be interesting is sombody could calculate the total runway area to see which airport has the most.


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 64353 times:

A little off topic, but TUS owns more land than LAX. And they want more. TUS doesn't use it all, but they want to do that too.

User currently offlineHiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 872 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 64334 times:

Technically speaking all 3 international airports in Saudi Arabia are enormous:

JED - 105 sq km
RUH - 225 sq km
DMM - 776 sq km !!!

But these are just numbers on paper. They don't reflect the real world. Those airports aren't anything like that big.

DMM for instance only occupies 43 sq km of that 776.

They are just exclusion zones to prevent the cities encroaching on the airport, really.


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 64303 times:

Anyone know where DTW fits into the mix? It is a very large airport... one of the few in the world with 6 runways.

User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 64062 times:

B742

Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH) is the largest airport in terms of land space; 225 km²!


Umm, okay is this really neccessary. . . Must be a buffer zone to prevent residents from complaining about noise . . ?

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25 N200WN : Land area is interesting, but it really doesn't tell us much as to how large the actual airport is, since so much of the acreage is undeveloped. I wou
26 Post contains images Jacobin777 : JXB (what it will be called) will be larger than ORD+LHR combined...
27 Moek2000 : I flew both into RUH and MAD, from what I remember, both airports required a good 15-20 min taxi... The difference, RUH has long taxiways and runways
28 Post contains images EK413 : Moek2000 The difference, RUH has long taxiways and runways with nothing around except desert and MAD has buildings, hangers and etc around the taxiway
29 GoMEA : Knowing very well RUH, I can tell you RUH is indeed huge, just because runways are on both sides of the terminal. However, taxi times are quick as the
30 Samair : I always knew Riyadh - King Khalid International (RUH / OERK) was one of the biggest airports ,but how come there is only 9 photos of it in the databa
31 UAL777UK : Having flown into JED, the taxi time was rediculous, I thought we were going to deplane in DXB. A massive Airport, my understanding its so large becau
32 IBERIA747 : And if we add the remote stands at Terminals 1,2,3, 4 and 4S the total is about 250 parking positions. There are also carriers which don't belong to
33 CHRISBA777ER : Because taking photos of things like that in Saudi will get you a stretch inside, and probably cost you the skin off your back as well.
34 Cornish : Exactly - have a look at how few pics there are of DEL too for example. The only reason there is a fair few of BOM is thanks to some handly placed hi
35 IberiaA319 : Indeed, but as there's so much capacity right now in MAD, the vast majority of flights are boarded and deboarded via jetways (only sometimes you see
36 IBERIA747 : Of course, but it doesn't mean they're not there. As the traffic grows they will be used again more and more often. The parking apron in the south ar
37 Gr8Circle : I would say the Saudi govt. has been very sensible and far-sighted in this respect.....they have seen the sort of problems that big airports face els
38 N766UA : Where is DTW at? It's gotta be bigger than PIT, at least the area that's actually built on. PIT has a whole ton of land with nothing on it.
39 AirFRNT : No, in terms of land that the airport owns, runways, terminals, etc, DEN is still larger. It also has two large freeways (The pena connector and E-47
40 Scoliodon : In the US, DEN is largest and DFW is second. 4 airports - ORD, JFK, ATL and LAX can fit in DFW with room to spare!!!!! It's huge guys!! You've got to
41 Post contains links Aircellist : Mirabel airport, in Montréal, has been planned at a time when it was nice to think big... 97000 acres (393 Km2, 152 sq.mi) were bought for the constr
42 Dallasnewark : Been there several times, it is not that big, it doesn't even comes close in comparison to DFW
43 Dallasnewark : I was talking about the existing infrastructure, not in terms of empty land it occupies, DEN is smaller than DFW in terns of infrastructure
44 Steeler83 : Yeah, PIT sure is one massive field! Ok then, so DEN and DFW are first and second respectively, PIT is 4th, what are the 3rd and 5th biggest in the c
45 YOW : I believe I read at the time that airport was announced that it's supposed to be about 125 sq km.
46 Arturo88 : I think MAD is the biggest in terms of area.
47 IBERIA747 : Read replies 7, 17, 19, 32, 35 and 36. You will find pleny of answers and interesting info there. Saludos!
48 BOE773 : LHR is small when compared to some of these giant airports.
49 EK413 : Gr8Circle I would say the Saudi govt. has been very sensible and far-sighted in this respect.....they have seen the sort of problems that big airports
50 Ordryan28 : I know ORD is up there. and last time I flew into DEN, I didn't think it was any bigger than ORD. please note : ORD's massive expansion should put the
51 Cornish : But clearly MUCH more efficient as it is currently the third largest airport in the world in terms of passengers handled. Far more important than the
52 Post contains images EK413 : No offence but LHR in my opinion is a dump... Once T5 is fully operational maybe LHR will get the thumbs up... (Im not refering to traffic flow, it ro
53 N1120A : Mirabel was number one until RUH was built and it is still number 2
54 CentPIT : Well, hello......they are talking about the total acreage, not just the portions built on.
55 Malaysia : I have 2 JED photos I took, but they were rejected off the site, but had photo of the SV ramp etc.
56 AADC10 : Perhaps another way of analyzing airport size is the number of real jetway gates and maybe parking stands. Acerage does not mean a whole lot since aut
57 Post contains links Jm017 : Actually, Mirabel would be number 3. The largest is King Fahd Airport in Dammam.
58 PITrules : Moscow DME is also one of the world's largest, with enough land for up to 9 runways.
59 PITrules : I would prefer the current airport to be expanded rather than see a second one built. With two airports, Sydney might have the same problem that Toky
60 Cornish : Don't disagree with you completely- but I couldn't let BOE773's pathetic permanent anti-British flamebait go without answer.... However nor is a vast
61 Post contains images EK413 : PITrules Before anyone says there is no room for SYD to expand, there is plenty of room to expand into Botany Bay. It was done once, so it can be done
62 Rolfen : Theres a new 6 runway airport in the process of being build in dubai, but I dont where it stands for the area.
63 Fobulous : DFW is bigger than MCO for sure
64 Nzrich : Also one major problem is it has noise restrictions and its closed between a certain hour and 6am due to noise limitations.. Ive been crewing many fl
65 Post contains images FlyBoy84 : 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 (3800
66 N1120A : Isn't DMM a military base now?
67 HiJazzey : Nope, Dhahran (DHA) is. DMM was built to replace DHA and Jubail (QJB).
68 Steeler83 : Thanks a lot for that info. I gather that ATL and ORD are about equal in size; roughly half that of PIT, as both would fit snuggly within the acerage
69 BOE773 : Not according to Airports Council International, (ACI), Cornish. # of pax handled does not make for an efficient airport. # of aircraft & pax thruput
70 FlyBoy84 : O'Hare is something like 7700 acres, but according to the Atlanta airport website, that facility is 4700 acres - even with the new runway.
71 FlyBoy84 : O'Hare is something like 7700 acres, but according to the Atlanta airport website, that facility is 4700 acres - even with the new runway. Oops...I a
72 MPDPilot : I am curious what are our parameters here are we going by land that the airport owns or land that the airport uses. I am from WI and believe it or not
73 HZ747300 : Fortunately, there is little traffic.
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