Largest Airport in the World
Airports are known to occupy a huge landscape in order to accommodate the airplanes and the passengers as they wait for their flights. There are also other establishments to help pass the time and help the passengers coordinate with their flights. Some of the largest airports on earth are Hong Kong International but the earth’s largest airport is found in the US.
World’s Largest Airport
That world’s largest is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It is found seven miles south of Atlanta, Georgia and has been named the largest airport on the planet by 2011. It is also the busiest landing strip on the planet in 2011. There are over 1,000 flights a day and over 250,000 passengers in a single day making a record of 90 million passengers a year and more than 900,000 flights per year.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International is a 287 acres stretch of land that houses different establishments. It was on April 26, 1925 when the airfield was first established and on September 15, 1926 the first ever flight by a Florida Airways mail plane was established. On June 1, 1956, the first international flight was sent to Montreal, Canada. From then on, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International became one of the busiest in the history of the country.
Expansion and Renovation of the Airport
The Hartsfield-Jackson Rental Car Center became one of the main expansions of it on December of 2009. The rental car center was a 137,000 square foot establishment that later became part of the complex as a connecting facility to the airport. In July 2003, a new terminal was built and was to be opened to accommodate more international flights. The terminal would have a separate parking lot for international passengers with over 1,100 spaces. But, the project was put on hold for several years due to legal problems. It was finally opened on May 16, 2012 under a new manager and design contract and made the first international flight to Narita, Tokyo.
There are over seven concourses and each with them has several gates. Concourse T has 14 gates. Concourse A has 29 gates. Concourse B has 32 gates. Concourse C has 48 gates. Concourse D has 43 gates. Concourse E has 28 gates. And the smallest is Concourse F with only 12 gates. Domestic terminals are divided into two for ticketing and baggage claim.
Restaurants and other establishment also contribute to the entire size of the airport. Restaurants have contracts to the management and are highly beneficial and profitable for the airport as well. Although it is plagued with contractual problems with several restaurants in the past, the management is still hopeful that the issue would be answered.
Over the course of the century, it has always been one of the busiest airport on the planet. Expansions and renovations have always been part of the project which led them to the record of being one of, if not, the largest airport in the world.