Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9 Posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3915 times:
Today in school I challenged my Geography teacher who is an English that London Heathrow is NOT the world's busiest airport neither was it largest airport.
I told him that :-
1. Atlanta was the world's busiest airport in terms of aircraft movements
2. and Chicago Ohare biggest in terms of passengers.
3. Dallas Fort Worth is the worlds largest in terms of land area.
4. I also said LHR MIGHT be the world's busiest airport in terms of destinations departing there or in terms of number of international airlines flying into it.
5. I further explained that with ATL's four runways and Delta Airlines, USA's third largest airline with fleet over 570 planes , it is not surprising. LHR is busy plus the fact that the slots are limited due to the limited space at the airport. correct?
6. He said that if I am correct then it is because ATL has four runways and LHR has only two. To what I belive, LHR has three runways rite?
7. He said that during peak hours at LHR there are sometimes 700 planes waiting to land. Is that true? I doubt but maybe he meant 700 planes waiting to take off and land?
8. Also, is it correct to say KLIA (KUL) is bigger than Heathrow in terms of built-up area?
Standby87 From Switzerland, joined Jul 2001, 536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3739 times:
700 planes waiting to land. What does your teacher smoke at home? I think that might stretch the hold at Bovingdon to FL650.
But basically it's simple:
LHR has the world's most international passengers.
ATL has the most aicraft movements.
ORD has the most overall passengers.
Don't know about land area, but DFW looked big to me when I went there.
Funny that someone told me Bogota was bigger: I've been in there many times and I can't quite believe that.
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3712 times:
As far as I know LHR is the busiest INTERNATIONAL airport in terms of both passengers and aircraft movements. Moreover, BA is the world´s largest airline in terms of international passengers. Plus London as a whole might be the busiest CITY, I´m not postive about that.
And isn´t the airport that covers the largest area somewhere in Saudi? King Khaleed?
P.S.: You know what the busiest airport (passenger numbers) was in September 2001? Tokyo-Haneda!
LN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1910 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3500 times:
I saw some statistics somewhere, that when you left out GA/Executive-traffic, ATL still held the lead on MVT's -- but it was close, though.
Oh well .. we'll see when the official stats show up - most likely in the fall sometime .. FAA aren't really effective with the stats ...
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3472 times:
Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), KUL have a land area of 100 square kilometers or 38.6 square miles. Don't know how it compared to some airport in the Middle East, but it's sure very big!
ZID From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3421 times:
There are quite a few people here that need to be prefacing their statements with "I think" or "I believe".
2001 most passengers : Atlanta Hartsfield ATL
2001 most total aircraft movements : Chicago O'Hare ORD
2001 most cargo tonnage: Memphis International MEM
First off, no, even if you did not count general aviation or military ops ATL would have still come up 16,221 ops short of ORD.
Secondly, Los Angeles International LAX, Van Nuys VNY and John Wayne Orange County SNA - the three busiest airports in LA - had 1,580,447 ops last year. Therefore it is mathematically impossible for London's three busiest to have more since their busiest, Heathrow, had four hundred and fifty some thousand; and that is without throwing in Long Beach's LGB's 358,508 to the LA total.
Heathrow is the busiest non-American airport and it ranks 15th or 16th in the world. Your Heathrow's and Charles de Gaulle's of the world do fairly well in the passenger number department, but when discussing shear numbers of aircraft nobody comes close to the larger American airports. It's simple, most of the larger American airports have 737's and the like serving 200 domestic destinations with great frequency and wide bodies serving a hundred or so international destinations, whereas LHR, CDG, NRT, etc... have 747's and such serving 200 international destinations and smaller planes serving 30 to 50 nearby airports.
BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3253 times:
You made some minor errors.
Just recently, Chicago O'hare (ORD) took the lead as the busiest airport in the world in both aircraft and passenger movement. So now Atlanta (ATL) is the 2nd busiest airport in the world in both aircraft and passenger movement.
Another thing, Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) is not the largest airport in the world.
Riyadh King Fahd International Airport (RUH) is the largest airport in the world, followed by Denver International Airport (DEN), then Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW).
So Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) is the 3rd largest in the world.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8115 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3226 times:
I think for an airport where the majority of traffic is international flights, LHR wins hands down.
This is good reason why the British government ought to seriously look at a site in the Thames Estuary to build a super airport with 6-8 runways capable of simultaneously takeoff/landing operations and 5-6 large terminals so LHR can be phased out.
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 22, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3153 times:
Well, since carries the most international passengers behind BA, my guess would be FRA. CDG is an option too, they have recently surpassed FRA as busiest airport on the European mainland. Come to think of it, the bulk of fomestic traffic out of Paris is from ORY, while the FRA domestic traffic naturally is from FRA itself - so CDG probably has more intl pax than FRA.