The World’s 3 Busiest Airports
The hassle of navigating through a busy airport can get the better of even the most light-hearted flyer. However, with cutting-edge tech procedures being launched in airports across the world to ease the hassle of airport congestion, things are definitely moving in the right direction.
Although just because an airport is extremely busy it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a nightmare to navigate. As aforementioned, today’s high-tech airports are constantly tweaking check-in desk protocol, introducing apps, listening to actionable feedback from customers and looking to improve customer experience on all levels to elevate the stress many flyers endure when visiting airports.
In this article we’ll look at the 3 busiest airports in the world as reported by Business Insider’s infographic that they published in April this year. And although they are the busiest, there are distinct reasons why they aren’t as congested as say, some of the smaller airports, which we will look at too.
1. Hartsfield-Jackson, Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport facilitated over 96 million passenger’s travel in 2014, which made it the busiest international airport in the world by over 20 million flyers annually. The airport is renowned for connecting passengers to just about any city in the world. In fact, you can fly to 60 cities in 45 different countries directly from Hartsfield-Jackson. This is why it has become a focal point for a significant amount of flyers in the United States to access cities across the globe.
There are many redeeming features that help traveller experience; from the free WiFi throughout the airport, to the fine dining restaurants and the fact the airport isn’t too from the city via cab. Variables such as these contribute to making a trip from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport a relatively stress-free one.
2. Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing Capital International Airport is the hub for China’s flagship airline Air China. The airline flies to 120 different destinations weekly, however this does include cargo, domestic and international flights. The airport is revered for its state of the art technology that has been ushered in over the last decade. It also saw a sizeable expansion in 2008 when it opened a new Terminal 3 to facilitate extra travel when the country hosted the Olympic Games in 2009. Its Terminal 3 is officially the second biggest terminal in the world and is heralded for its efficient check-in procedures.
3. London Heathrow Airport
With London being proclaimed as the new business capital of the world, the amount of businessmen and women that travel in and out of the city on a daily basis is staggering. Heathrow has 5 major terminals that facilitate 90 different airlines that fly to 170 destinations around the world. In 2014 the airport saw 73,400 people use the airport for commercial and international flights. The sheer size of the Heathrow site is phenomenal and although their have been rumours that operations could be moved to another site on the outskirts of London, it would be hard to imagine the English government has the funds for such a vast relocation project during these tough economic times.
Heathrow’s latest renovation of Terminal 5 cost a whopping £40 million and was reopened earlier this year by supermodel Laura Bailey after 18 months of work. You can see how the state of the art terminal looks now in the below picture.