Unique landings, unique take-offs

Posted: October 12, 2010 in News & Articles
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An airport is the first thing we see when we visit a new country, and having a pleasant and comfortable experience there sets the tone of our impression of the country. An airport consists of at least one surface such as a runway, a helipad, or water for takeoffs and landings, and often includes buildings such as hangars and terminal buildings.

Airports are the great pyramids of the modern age: these grand architectural monuments express both the pinnacle of human engineering and the frenetic nature of our lives. And, several modern airports designed by the world’s leading architects fascinate people.

King Fahd International Airport (Saudia Arabia

King Fahd International Airport (Saudia Arabia

King Fahd International Airport is located 20 kilometers (about 12 miles) northwest of Dammam (Saudi Arabia). It is the largest airport in the world in terms of land area (780 km²), thus making it larger than the nearby country of Bahrain. The airport’s basic infrastructure was complete by the end of 1990, which allowed the Allied forces engaged in the first Gulf War in early 1991 to use the field for the storage of military aircraft.



Beijing Capital International Airport (China)

Beijing Capital International Airport (China)

Beijing Capital International Airport is the biggest airport of the world and has undergone a major renovation and expansion project before the 2008 Olympics. The airport was built in a record time — only four years. The designers, Sir Norman Foster and partners claim that it is the world’s largest and most advanced airport building.


The airport is very efficient in terms of operations, pessengers’ comfort, sustainability and access to natural light and even has a gigantic terminal built in the shape of the traditional Chinese dragon. It is 17 per cent bigger than London’s Heathrow Airtport, and has a total of five flours and three terminals.

Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (USA)

Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (USA)

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest by passenger traffic as well as landings and take-offs. The airport is located seven miles south of the central business distrect of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It accommodates 89.4 million passengers and 994,346 flights respectively.



Incheon International Airport, Seoul (South Korea)

Incheon International Airport, Seoul (South Korea)

This airport opened in 2001 and resemble a bird in flight when viewed from the air. Incheon International Airport is located 32 miles from Seoul, west of Incheon, on Yeongjong-Yeongyu Island in the Yellow Sea.


The stainless steel aerofoil roof and manicured garden conceal a hub of underground transport including trains, buses, car parking and more. Security facilities are state-of-the-art and medical inspection equipment is also very advanced, in response to terrorist threats and various epidemics in Southern Asia. As a result Incheon International Airport is considered Asia’s most technologically facilitated airport.

This airport is also currently Asia’s sixth busiest airport. The unique design and seamless operation has earned it recognition as second best airport in the world by aviation research company Skytrax.

To be continue..


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