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Top Famous Airports

Updated on October 22, 2011

Airports are one of the most important locations on a map. Airports are the base station for the fastest means of international transport. Modern day aircraft are the fastest means of travel via air and airport directs this air travel.

Not just commercial aircraft, but many privately owned jets, helicopters and airplanes also land and take off through common airports. All this air traffic is controlled by air control towers situated at each airports.

But from a travellers point of view the more important thing is the facilities with in the airport buildings, to shop and enjoy at the most widely visited buildings on Earth. Present day airports are cities within themselves, and tourists prefer to have a longer stay between flights to, see and shop at these airports. Here are some of the world's famous airports:

Inside Cape Town International Airport.
Inside Cape Town International Airport.

Cape Town Airport

Cape Town International Airport is South Africa's second-biggest airport. It is an important entry for tourists who love to visit the well-liked Western Cape annually. It is located about 25 km east of central Cape Town.

Previously it was named as the DF Malan Airport, but in mid 1990s name was changed to Cape Town International Airport. Each year thousands of passengers use it and are now in 2010 too, because of the FIFA World Cup being hosted by South Africa.

Numerous airport awards have been granted to this particular airport for example Skytrax ‘Best Airport in Africa' award and the World Travel 'Leading Airport in Africa' award. Some of its special features include banks, currency exchange services, numerous dining outlets, around 30 retailers, and executive lounges, OSCA health care surgery, baby changing facilities etc.

Tokyo Haneda Airport
Tokyo Haneda Airport

Tokyo Haneda Airport

Tokyo Haneda airport is the biggest and the busiest airport in Japan, located 14 km south of Tokyo Station. Around 300 flights come and go on daily basis, among them more than half of them are domestic.

Haneda was initially the main airport for the Tokyo; but Narita International Airport has shared the business. Haneda deals with majority of local flights, while Narita deals nearly all the international flights.

This Airport has a special VIP terminal, with two parking lots for private aircraft. The special terminal is used by foreign officials visiting Japan, government officials, and Air Force of Japan. Haneda airport is liked by foreign visitors.

Tambo International Airport
Tambo International Airport
Dubai International Airport
Dubai International Airport

Tambo International Airport

Tambo International Airport previously was known as Johannesburg International Airport. This airport is a latest airport with 60 different airlines and six terminals.

It was established in 1952 and flights were linked from Johannesburg to London's Heathrow Airport with jet aircraft. It is presently the most crowded airport in the whole of Africa and lies approximately 22 km east of central Johannesburg.

The facilities include a large luggage compartment; a health clinic; banks and ATMs; more than 40 shops including Cape Union Mart and Capi International; Premier Conference Centre; prayer areas for Muslims, and restaurants including the African Lounge, Cafe di Roma and Nandos.

Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport is an international airport of Dubai, which is the largest city of UAE and a major aviation hub in the Middle East. This airport is located in the Al Garhoud district, 4 km southeast of Dubai.

It is run by the Department of Civil Aviation and is the home base to Emirates and Emirates Sky Cargo airlines.

Emirates is the leading airline in the Middle East and Africa taking care of 60% of all travelers around the world, and account for 38% of all plane movements at the airport.

It is the 15th busiest airport in the world, trafficking 40.9 million passengers in 2009. The airport comprises of four terminals, three concourses, a VIP Pavilion, Dubai Executive Flight Terminal, Cargo Mega Terminal, Flower Centre, two parallel running runways, Dubai duty-free shopping area.

Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport
Recife/Guararapes International Airport.
Recife/Guararapes International Airport.
Changi Airport
Changi Airport

London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow International Airport is the fourth-busiest international airport in the world taking care of approximately 70 million passengers each year and a main hub for BMI, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

It is located 22 km west of central London. The airport is owned and run by BAA limited, who also own and operate five other UK airports. This airport is used by over 90 airlines flying to 170 destinations globally.

It serves excellent facilities, including many restaurants, fast food outlets, shops, large duty-free outlets and with two parallel runways running east-west.

Guararapes International Airport

Guararapes International is also known as Gilberto Freyre International Airport, this is an international airport located in Brazil, in the city of Recife.

It serves local and international flights. In 2009, the airport served 5,249,831 passengers and 66,414 aircraft schedules, being graded as 8th busiest airport in Brazil in terms of passengers and 5th busiest in terms of cargo.

Singapore Changi Airport

Singapore Changi Airport is the chief aviation nucleus of Southeast Asia. The airport is about 17.2 kilometers north-east from the commercial centre in Changi.

It is home base to Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Valuair, Tiger Airways, SilkAir, Jetstar Asia Airways , and Jett8 Airlines Cargo. In 2009, the airport had handled 37,203,978 passengers, being the 21st most jam-packed airport in the world and the fifth most active in Asia by passenger traffic.

It is also the busiest cargo airport of the world, taking care of 1.66 million tons of cargo in 2009. Around 280 awards are being awarded to this airport.

Top 10 Busiest Airports Of The World


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      pearl 5 years ago

      I like Dubai international airport.

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      Sachin Tendulkar 5 years ago

      Nice! I like your collection.

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      Paris Hilton 6 years ago

      Hello, I also like the airport from Zurich!

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      Rakesh 6 years ago

      Our Hyderabad Airport is also famous.........see it in google....

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love Singapore Airport. I missed my flight and had to spend about 8 hours waiting for another plane. I had such a great time. I also love S. Korea's Seoul Airport - so clean and efficient and great Korean food. Haven't been to Heathrow in quite awhile - heard it was freshly renovated.

      What a fun hub. Great to meet you too - I'll follow! Yay! And Rated up!

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      hassam 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks, for posting in this fact! :)

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      peacefulparadox 7 years ago

      Trivia fact: San Francisco International Airport is the first airport that is also a museum. It received accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 1999.