Big & small

The aviation industry has often re-written the record book, with the fastest, the highest and the largest all taking to the air to earn their place in the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) hall of fame. On the ground, records are being broken at a rapid pace too, as aviation infrastructure pushes the boundaries to build the biggest, largest, longest and sometimes the smallest.

In Dubai, work is continuing on Al Maktoum International Airport, currently operating as a cargo airport, but with ambitious plans to develop into the world’s largest airport – with a capacity of 120 million passengers a year. The airport is part of the Dubai World Central logistics and infrastructure development.

However, Al Maktoum International Airport might only hold the glory for a short while. In China, work is underway to construct Beijing’s third airport. Daxing Airport will occupy a total of 54 square kilometres, boast nine runways and ultimately have the capacity to handle up to 200 million passengers per annum.

While these mega-airports take shape, Airport World takes a look at the big and small at operating airports around the world…

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