Top 10 largest airports in the world as of 2023 | Airlines


Airports serve as vital gateways, connecting us to the far reaches of the world. These aviation hubs provide the necessary facilities for aircraft, handle cargo logistics and cater to the needs of millions of travelers annually. As passenger numbers continue to surge in 2023, airports face overcrowding. To address this, some countries are expanding their aviation hubs with new terminals and runways to accommodate the growing number of travelers and aircraft.

Here, we embark on a journey to explore the Top 10 largest airports in the world in 2023, focusing specifically on their land area size. We’ll count down from the 10th place to the first place…

10. Cairo International Airport (CAI) 14 square miles (36 square kilometers)

Cairo International Airport opened for business in 1963. Situated in Heliopolis, it stands as the busiest airport in Egypt and serves as a central hub for Egyptair, Air Cairo, Air Arabia Egypt and Nile Air. It also holds the distinction of being the busiest airport in Africa.

The airport boasts four terminals, of which three cater for both international and domestic flights. In 2011, a new terminal, named the Seasonal Flight Terminal (SFT), was inaugurated to alleviate operational pressures, particularly during pilgrim seasons. The airport has four runways.

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9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) 15 square miles (39 square kilometers)

Starting commercial operations in 1999, Shanghai Pudong Airport is situated in Shanghai, China, and holds a significant status as a major aviation hub for airlines including Shanghai Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.

Pudong Airport boasts two passenger terminals, with Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 facilitating both domestic and international flights. In a recent expansion, a third passenger terminal, along with a satellite terminal and two additional runways, was opened in 2021. Currently, the airport has five runways…

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