Top 10 Largest Airports in The World by Size (2024)

It is a common phenomenon for countries to embark on projects that supersede others. it is the quest of being outstanding that has led many countries to build gigantic airports, some encompassing the land area of cities.

To this end, we took on the task to find out the Top Largest Airports in the World by Size/Area. I bet you are interested and eager to find out too. So, journey with us as we unveil to you the 10 largest airports in the world.

Top 10 Largest Airports in the World by Size

There are tons of airports built in every country in the world. Some of these airports are bigger than others but which of them could it be? Where could it be located? All of these and other puzzles you need answers to will be discussed shortly.

However, below is a quick rundown of the Top 10 Largest Airports in the World by Size/Area.

1. King Fahd International Airport

Location: Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Area: 776 km2 (77,600 hectares)

King Fahd International Airport is the Largest Airport in the World by Size sitting on a gigantic landmass of 77,600 hectares. The airport began functioning fully in 1999.

The airport has three terminal buildings; the six-story main terminal operates international and domestic flights; Aramco Terminal attends to private airlines operated by Saudi Aramco; while the Royal Terminal serves the Saudi Arabia royal family, government officials, and officials.

The Airport has two runways, and it serves as a hub for Saudia, SaudiGulf Airlines, and Flynas.

2. Denver International Airport

Location: Denver, USA

Area: 135.71 km2 (13,570 hectares)

Denver International Airport sits on a huge land area of 135.71 km2 making it the second-largest airport in the world. Also, the airport is the largest airport by area/size in North America. The airport is also very busy because it serves up to 215 destinations.

Another impressive fact about this airport is one of its runways, 16R/34L, is considered to be the world’s 7th longest and North America’s longest runway.

Also, the airport serves as a hub for United Airlines and Frontier Airlines, as well as serving as a base for Southwest Airlines.

3. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, USA

Area: 69.63 km2 (6,963 hectares)

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is a major aviation hub for American Airlines and one of the Top 10 Largest Airports in the World by Size/Area.

Some interesting facts about this airport aside from its huge area size that puts it on the list are; the airport has five terminals; Terminal A solely serves American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) while the remaining terminals B, C, D, and E serve international and domestic flights. More so, the airport has a total of seven runways.  

4. Orlando International Airport

Location: Florida, USA

Area: 53.83 km2

Taking us further the Orlando International Airport in the United States of America coming in is the fourth largest airport in the world. The airport mainly serves as an operating base for JetBlue (JBLU), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and Spirit Airlines (S64) (SAVE).

The airport’s main terminal is divided into two; Terminals A and B. Each of the terminals is connected to two airside terminals, which operate international and domestic flights. Plus, the airport has four runways.

5. Washington Dulles International Airport

Location: Virginia, USA

Area: 48.56 km2 (5,200 hectares)

Washington Dulles is another airport in the United States on our list sitting on 5200 hectares of land and coming in at the fifth spot on our list.

Dulles Airport is one of the major airports in the Washington-Baltimore region, and it serves over 24 million passengers annually traveling to over 125 destinations.

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6. Beijing Daxing International Airport

Location: Beijing, China

Area: 47 km2

Stepping out of the USA a bit and moving back to Asia is the Beijing Daxing International Airport considered one of the Top 10 Largest Airports in the World by Size/Area.

The airport has a 7.5 million square feet terminal built on an 18-square mile of land. More so, the airport can handle over 100 million passengers annually.

7. George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Location: Houston, Texas, USA

Area: 44.51 km2

Back in the United States, we have George Bush Intercontinental airport as the next largest airport in the world to make our list.

It occupies 44.5 square kilometers and is ranked as the second busiest airport in Texas with over 45.3 million passengers visiting this airport annually.

The airport has four terminals; each terminal has a distance of 2.4 km from terminal A to D. more so, the airport is reputable for its efficient air traffic management which results in fewer flight delays.

8. Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Location: Shanghai, China

Area: 39.88 km2

Shanghai Pudong International Airport comes in at the eighth spot on our list of the Top 10 Largest Airports in the World by Size/Area.

The airport serves as the main hub for China Eastern Airlines as well as Shanghai Airlines. Interestingly, it has two terminals and five concrete runways.

9. Cairo International Airport

Location: Cairo, Egypt

Area: 36.25 km2

Cairo International airport in Egypt puts the African continent on the list coming in at the ninth spot with a land area of 36.25 km2. The airport is the second busiest airport in Africa.

More so, the Cairo International Airport serves as the main hub for EgyptAir and Nile Air, the two largest airlines in Egypt.

10. Suvarnabhumi Airport

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Area: 32.4 km2

Suvarnabhumi (meaning Land of Gold) Airport in Bangkok brings us to the end of our discourse coming in at the tenth spot on our list.

The airport has two runways that can serve 64 flights within an hour. Plus, it serves around 45 million passengers annually.

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There you have the Top 10 Largest Airports in the World by Size. It is amazing what humans can achieve. Interestingly, The United States of America is home to most of the airports mentioned here.


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