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Is Frankfurt The Biggest Airport In The World?  
User currently offlineApollo13 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8129 times:

I was looking at some pictures and i spotted this one below it shows an airport overview of frankfurt airport and looking at the size i was wondering is it the biggest airport in the world?


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User currently offlineUAL_777_Pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7971 times:

No , Frankfurt is #5 , ATL is the largest , and then ORD comes in second.

User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7950 times:

Frankfurt is not the biggest airport in the world. I know that Denver International is the biggest in the US, sorry if I didn't provide the answer you were looking forward to...


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User currently offlineIAHERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 677 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7937 times:

No


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User currently offlineCrank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7908 times:

FRA isn't the biggest, ATL is the biggest in terms of traffic, last time I checked guiness record book it said that it's an airport (airport King something) somewhere in Middle East, Saudi Arabia I think with about 220 square kilometers

User currently offlinePhlflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 851 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7890 times:

I think some of you are confusing size with traffic. Atlanta and Chicago are nowhere near the largest airports in the World, but they are 2 of the busiest if not #1 and 2.

User currently offlineUAL_777_Pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7892 times:

Im a pilot for UAL , Denver is about the 9th , ATL handles the most in terms of traffic , then second to Chicago - Ohare , where im based , then comes Dallas-Ft.Worth.

User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7877 times:

You are really a pilot??? That is so cool! I wish I could be a pilot... too young... Cool though!


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User currently offlineCV640 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 952 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7846 times:

UAL_777_Pilot, I think he was referring to size and not trafic or passenger wise in terms of size. I believe that Denver is bigger then Atlanta in that repect, but in terms of passengers and traffic, it is clear that ATL is much larger

User currently offlineBarfBag From India, joined Mar 2001, 2207 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7829 times:

Assuming you're talking about land area, the largest airport is the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


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User currently offlineNfx From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7810 times:

i think denver is the largest in terms of size

User currently offlineAviationIvi From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 777 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7788 times:

Hi,
comparing the number of passagers a year, FRA is no.5, but comparing its whole airport area, FRA would be no.50 I guess...

Not really a big airport, but a nice one for planespotting...


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Regards from rainy FRA
Ivica Ramljak


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7771 times:

As concerns traffic, the answer was already given, as concerns sheer size, FRA is way behind a lot of other airports. But, working in FRA and using the airport 3-4 times per week, I can assure you it is a big advantage!!
You don't have to travel halfway through the country to reach any given gate. Train and car connection is great, it takes 11 minutes by commuter train to reach Frankfurt City. So, to get back to your question, Frankfurt is definitely not the largest airport worldwide in whatever aspect, not even close. But I find it very well organized, which, in the end, is all that counts.
Regards
Andreas



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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7758 times:

Let's get specific:

What is the largest airport in terms of land surface?

In terms of construction size (sq. meters built)?

In terms of number of passengers/year?

In terms of number of aircraft movements?

In terms of number of runways?

In terms of number of airlines scheduled (good for spotters)?

Charles


User currently offlineUAL_777_Pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7736 times:

Yes , I am actually a real life UAL 777 pilot! I love every moment of it , and I would encourage any of you young kids that want to be a pilot to go for it . I have been a pilot for 20 years , I started in 1981 with delta , I was unhappy with delta and in 1985 moved to UAL . I have been with them for 16 years , Its my favorite airline. Also I have piloted ORD-FRA-ORD many times , FRA is a small airport in terms of "land" but ranks #5 in the world for "traffic" FRA only has 2 main line runways , they want to add a third , but the surrounding community , and Germany in general are opposed to this idea , because they say that FRA pollutes enough already , and they dont like the airplane , because it pollutes to much . Also FRA wants to add another terminal , this terminal would expand LH's slots at FRA . Germans are opposed to this idea also . I hope this answers your question!

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7721 times:

King Khalid is the largest mainly because of its HUGE military base.
The full name is King Khalid Military City.



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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7726 times:

a main line runway? You probably mean runways north and south. Does that make runway west a non-main line runway, because it is only available for take-off, but not for landings?

btw: The extension of Rhein-Main will go ahead, that has been decided, the only problem will be, as usual, that duration until completion will be stretched into eternity, because environmentalists have the right to sue until the very end.

Regards
Andreas




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User currently offlineUAL_777_Pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7733 times:

Andreas , great question , I should have been more specific in the post . Yes I mean the 2 runways that run N and S . I was talking about "main" runways or runways suitable for landing with "heavy" aircraft such as a B767 , B777 , B747 , A340 , A330 . I did not know that they will go ahead with the expansion , and I knew if it passed , that the environmentalist's in germany will have the construction delayed for quite some time! I love that airport , however i dont care for all of the secruity , that is necessary there . And i dont care for Frankfurt-Main "hauptbahnhof" or main trainstation , its just too crazy . However , all of the problems will be eliminated when the train station at the airport is completed. FRA used to be the largest airport in terms of "traffic" in Europe , but LHR is now bigger . Also many people do not know , that Frankfurt , Germany is the banking capital of Europe . Most people think it is London , but this is not so. Thanks andreas for catching me! I appreciate it! Andres bist du deutsche? Ich spreche ein bischen deutsch! Now I hope I answered your question more specifically!

User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7694 times:

Not wishing to appear stupid, but im sure (the BBC say it all the time) that LHR is the busiest airport in terms of aircraft movements, and i think ORD has the most runways, and i wouldnt mind betting that if JFK isnt the most in terms of airlines serving, then LHR has a good shout. King Khalid is indeed the largest airport in terms of land mass, but i know Atlanta is the largest commercial airport. Im pretty sure Andrews AFB is the longest runway, and CLK is the most expensive to build. In terms of pax figures im not sure, and i dont think LHR is the busiest, but i know it is the busiest in terms of aircraft movements....

Regards
CHRIS MORGAN



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User currently offlineTs-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3450 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7689 times:



Great pic you sent guy !

Frankfurt is the second busiest airport in Europe after
London-Heathrow.
In term of traffic,ORD O'Hare is the busiest in the world
with approx.a movement every 30 seconds.
In term of surface,it is said that Ryadh airport in Saudi
Arabia is the largest.DFW Dallas-Fort-Worth is also
vast.Either RUH or DFW compete for this rank !!!


User currently offline9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7692 times:

Hi Colin,

your statement about the delayed airport expansion in FRA is right but it will definately be done during the next few years.
BTW: The train station at Frankfurt airport is already completed, although they are planing to replace the glass roof by another floor with a convention centre on it. But this won´t affect the traffic there at all.
And one more correction:
Most of the germans are NOT against the airport expansion, but they are some kind of a silent majority (this has been confirmed by several representative surveys in the region) while the minority of the airport´s opponents can be quite fanatic so that they are highly recognized and often overestimated concerning their influence on decisions which are made in Germany´s politics.

I wish you many happy landings at FRA and anywhere else.

Regards,
Daniel


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 21, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7690 times:

as a matter of fact, I am a German investment banker working in FRA but living in Berlin (that's TXL, THF and "Schoenefeld" for all airport freaks).
Thanks for your prompt answer: Yes, I thought so, that it is somehow related with landing.
As for the security: Well what can you do after sept. 11th? But, being a LH senator card holder, I can assure you, there are now no more delays because of security checks. Airfares have gone up in order to pay for increased security measures, but if it works...just don't ask me!
The ICE Train station is already in use, it just looks a bit "un-ready" because of the roadwork still going on in that area.
Concerning the extension, well it is a problem: As you know space is somewhat limited around the airfield, townships or highways wherever you go. But there have several "small solutions" such as a new system for incoming traffic in order to use both main line runways more efficiently, and a collegue of yours told me, it even works!
But you're right FRA is a rather small airport, but well-organised and as a frequent traveller I like that a lot.

Regards from the banker's city FRA
Andreas

(actually LON is still a little bit ahead of us, but as I work for an Anglosaxon employer, I work at both places and don't care which one is first).



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User currently offlineTs-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3450 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7678 times:



Schoenefeld is SXF !!!


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 23, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7676 times:

...yes, that's what I seemed to remember,too, and I even typed it in the first place, but then I somehow thought this could be San Francisco, but right after the posting, I remembered SFO.
But: Thanks anyway, I won't forget, though I use TXL exclusively!
Regards
Andreas



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User currently offlineSkihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7673 times:

Denver is the largest in terms of size. They also have the tallest control tower in the world, and the only bridge spanning an active taxiway.

Chris


25 Kirstey : CHRISBA777ER - LHR is the is the worlds #1 for handling international traffic. LGW has the busiest runway in the world.
26 SUDDEN : Hm.... Just saw something on that photo that made me scratch my head! Look at the pier to the right. You see that MD88 that is facing to the right. Ho
27 Post contains images Cfalk : Sudden, The nosewheel can be steered. Seriously, I think there's enough room there. Charles
28 9V-SPF : Those airplanes which taxi to that position definitely make a right turn (probably by giving power on only one engine, please correct me if I´m wrong
29 Post contains images Airsicknessbag : Do you know which was the largest German airport in terms of surface before FRA built RW18? Westerland (GWT)!!! Daniel
30 Post contains images SUDDEN : Thanks. It looks so narrow, so it made me wonder. Can they actually turn the nosegear!?? WOW!
31 SQ325 : FRA is not the biggest but one the most overcrowded airports!
32 OdiE : Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) or KUL have the tallest control tower in the world!
33 Karliboy : I thought it went like this...in terms of passengers... ATL ORD DFW LHR LAX .....and so on...FRA is not the 5th in the world...that i know for sure!
35 Iainhol : I was under the impression LAX was 3rd in means of traffic. Iain
36 Funny : Its the hartsfield, both in size and traffic. 1 a/c lands every minute. Jase
37 HlywdCatft : The busiest airport is either Atlanta or Chicago. I thought I read recently that Chicago O'Hare took the lead again. Busiest INTERNATIONAL is Heathrow
38 Prebennorholm : Airsicknessbag: "the largest German airport in terms of surface before FRA built RW18? Westerland...". Westerland is mostly a glider airfield - with a
39 EGGD : In terms of passengers, isn't it... ATL ORD LHR anyways..
40 EGGD : In terms of passengers, isn't it... ATL ORD LHR anyways..
41 EGGD : In terms of passengers, isn't it... ATL ORD LHR anyways..
42 UAL_777_Pilot : Sure sounds like a great idea . Im tied up this month , On dommestic 777 runs (ORD-IAD , ORD-LAX , ORD-SEA ) Im not sure when I will return to trans-a
43 Post contains links and images BA : Riyadh King Khalid Int'l (RUH) is the largest airport in the world in terms of land area. The 2nd largest in the world is Denver Int'l (DEN) with more
44 UAL_777_Pilot : Thank you 9V-SPF . I have some friends that live in Frankfurt , and they told me the vast majority where against the airport expansion . But thanks fo
45 Twa902fly : BA are you sure its 53 acres... and not 53 thousand acres. i mean you cant even land a CRJ if you line up 53 acres in a line and make it a runway.. tw
46 Post contains images BA : Errrr...sorry. It should have said 53K acres. My bad. Regards.
47 9V-SPF : Yes, MUC seems to be getting really strong. After having introduced several flights to the United States in the past (for example nonstop services to
48 UAL_777_Pilot : Great! thanks again for the updated info. Bist du deutsche? Ich habe viel freund im Frankfurt! Ich habe nach Muchen , Frankfurt ,Berlin , Bremen , Ham
49 Andreas : Good lord, this thread seems to be going on forever, as it seems. Just to keep it going a few remarks from me: The green glass roof in the pic is inde
50 HlywdCatft : "Errrr...sorry. It should have said 53K acres." You got the 53 part right, but its not 53K acres its 53 square miles
51 Airbus Lover : Wat abt Dallas DFW?
52 VS744 : I think LHR is the busiest in terms of pax INTERNATIONALLY....
53 Post contains images 9V-SPF : Ja, ich bin deutsch, ...just as well as many others here. (es ist schön, das du deutsch sprichst, obwohl du Amerikaner bist! I´m happy to hear you´
54 Post contains links and images Petertenthije : BA stated that the highest control tower is located at Houston (IAH), that is not the case. The highest control tower cans still be found at Amsterdam
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