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Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:28 pm

So far, I know that SIN, AMS, and YYZ have passenger numbers greater than the population of their respective countries. What other airports can be added to this list?
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:32 pm

Two very easy, GVA and ZRH.
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:34 pm

PTY
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:35 pm

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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:36 pm

So basically airports in small countries that handle a lot of connecting traffic. I'm sure DXB belongs on this list, and I just checked Wikipedia -- it does.

Edited to add -- and DOH, as well.
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:36 pm

I would assume KEF.
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:38 pm

Add DXB, AUH and DOH to the list also.
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:39 pm

Yflyer wrote:
So basically airports in small countries that handle a lot of connecting traffic. I'm sure DXB belongs on this list, and I just checked Wikipedia -- it does.


And LHR and CDG
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:43 pm

Aruba’s airport also

Probably many small island airports that have strong tourism
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:43 pm

Amsterdam wrote:
Yflyer wrote:
So basically airports in small countries that handle a lot of connecting traffic. I'm sure DXB belongs on this list, and I just checked Wikipedia -- it does.


And LHR and CDG


I'm actually kind of surprised by LHR and CDG. I know they're very busy airports, but enough to exceed the populations of the UK and France? I guess I'm overestimating their populations.
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:43 pm

KEF is another one.
Pretty much all the major GCC (except Saudi Arabia) airports - i.e. DXB, DOH, AUH, MCT, KWI, BAH
TPE if you count Taiwan as a country.

Some less obvious one are SYD and MEL (Australia Population is only 25M, SYD has 43M pax and MEL 35M pax). Another less obvious one is KUL (49M, population of Malaysia is 32M).
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:46 pm

So aruba curacao sint-maarten and probably jamaica bahamas cuba virgin islamds trinidad and tobago barbados etc
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:47 pm

Yflyer wrote:
So basically airports in small countries that handle a lot of connecting traffic. I'm sure DXB belongs on this list, and I just checked Wikipedia -- it does.

Not really. I wouldn't call France, England, or Spain small countries.
 
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Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:52 pm

airbazar wrote:
Yflyer wrote:
So basically airports in small countries that handle a lot of connecting traffic. I'm sure DXB belongs on this list, and I just checked Wikipedia -- it does.

Not really. I wouldn't call France, England, or Spain small countries.


Neither would I. That's why I said I was surprised LHR and CDG qualify.
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:54 pm

HEL comes to mind. CPH as well.
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:22 pm

EDI and GLA spring to mind. Population of Scotland is only 5 million.
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:29 pm

Don’t you need to divide that number by in general? There will be a small subset of people at some airports that fly into one but leave from another, but in general, people are double counted as arriving and departing.
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Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:33 pm

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Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:58 pm

ICN handled 62m pax in 2017. South Korea's population is 51m.
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:05 pm

Yflyer wrote:
Amsterdam wrote:
Yflyer wrote:
So basically airports in small countries that handle a lot of connecting traffic. I'm sure DXB belongs on this list, and I just checked Wikipedia -- it does.


And LHR and CDG


I'm actually kind of surprised by LHR and CDG. I know they're very busy airports, but enough to exceed the populations of the UK and France? I guess I'm overestimating their populations.



There are a mere 66 million of us here in the UK and in 2017 LHR handled 78 million passengers.
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:39 am

jumpjets wrote:

There are a mere 66 million of us here in the UK and in 2017 LHR handled 78 million passengers.

And many of you Britons used LHR more than once. Many of the transit passengers can be counted 4 times: first arrival, onward departure. Return arrival, homeward departure.

So this thread really doesn't really indicate much of anything. (Sorry OP.)
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:48 am

Wingtips56 wrote:
jumpjets wrote:

There are a mere 66 million of us here in the UK and in 2017 LHR handled 78 million passengers.

And many of you Britons used LHR more than once. Many of the transit passengers can be counted 4 times: first arrival, onward departure. Return arrival, homeward departure.

So this thread really doesn't really indicate much of anything. (Sorry OP.)


I absolutely agree with you on your last comment, I don't see the point of this thread when some are adding the likes of CDG and LHR and on the complete opposite we're getting some quoting the likes of Aruba and Bonaire.

When taking everything into account it's a rather pointless thread to be honest!
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:05 am

zakuivcustom wrote:
KEF is another one.

Yep, and also RKV (Reykjavik's main dometic airport). Not many countries have two airports in this category.

Talking about KEF, it has in round numbers 20 times (twenty times!!!) the Icelandic population. That's probably a record.

AEY (Akureyri) doesn't qualify. Not yet. But it isn't that far off, so maybe pretty soon Iceland will be the first country with three airports with more annual traffic than the whole population.
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:41 am

AKL handled about 19M v's NZ population of approx 4.5M
 
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Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:26 pm

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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:04 pm

Lothianred wrote:
EDI and GLA spring to mind. Population of Scotland is only 5 million.


But Scotland isn't an independant country, it's part of the UK and therefor they don't qualify. Only airport in the UK that exceeds the population of the UK (which includes Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) is Heathrow.

By the way, Dublin is another one. About 4.8 million people live in the Republic of Ireland whilst 29,5 million passengers used Dublin airport.
 
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Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:22 pm

Airports in Norway having more passengers pr. year than Norway's population:

* OSL
* BGO
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:38 pm

I guess the OP is American or he/she doesn't realise pretty much every European country would have at least one airport with more PAX than the total country population. In fact the interesting thing would be to find out which European countries do not have at least one airport with more population. Countries which would NOT qualify, with 2017 figures:

- Germany (about 80 million people), busiest FRA at 64M
- Italy (about 60 million people), busiest FCO at 39M
- Russia (+100 million people), busiest SVO at 39M
- Poland (about 40 million people), busiest WAW at 15M
- Romania (about 20 million people), busiest OTP at 13M
- Ukraine (about 42 million people), busiest KBP at 11M
- Bulgaria (about 7 million people), busiest SOF at 6.5M
- Serbia (about 7 million people), busiest BEG at 5.5M
- Belarus (about 9 million people), busiest MSQ at 4M
- Croatia (about 4 million people), busiest ZAG at 3.2M
- Moldova (about 3.3 million people), busiest KIV at 2.7M
- Albania (about 2.9 million people), busiest TIA at 2.6M
- Macedonia (about 2.1 million people), busiest SKP at 1.8M
- Slovenia (about 2.1 million people), busiest LJU at 1.6M
- Bosnia (about 3.5 million people), busiest SJJ at 0.9M

Maybe in 2018 Bulgaria and Albania will be out from this list. I think it is feasible that in the next few years Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Moldova and Slovenia also will have an airport with more PAX than the total country population.

zakuivcustom wrote:
Pretty much all the major GCC (except Saudi Arabia) airports - i.e. DXB, DOH, AUH, MCT, KWI, BAH


JED had 33.9M PAX last year and KSA has about 33 million people. So Saudi Arabia would be already in that list (probably 2017 was the first year though).
 
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:05 am

A few extreme examples:

Malta - population 460k - passengers 5.8mil - 12x the size of the country
Cyprus/Larnaca - population 1.2mil - passengers 7.7mil - 6.4x the size of the country
Gibraltar - population 35k - passengers >500k - ~14x the size of the country
Luxembourg - population 590k - passengers 3.6mil - 6x the size of the country

Same applies for Faroe Islands, Greenland and a few other similar sized countries.
 
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Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:18 am

On a state scale, just about every decent-sized international airport in the US has a greater annual pax number than its home states' population.
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:22 am

SJO is another one, just barely making it (4.3M inhabitants in Costa Rica, 5.1M passengers last year)
VIE (8.9M Austrians vs. 24.4M pax)
Even SYD (25.1M Australians vs. 41.9M pax)
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Re: Airports serving more pax than their country's population

Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:32 am

In reality after reading the entire thread am I the only one who finds this a totally pointless thread and that it's probably run it's course!
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