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AIRPORTS

An airport is an area where an aircraft, helicopters and blimps can take off and land. They will also store and maintain a number of aircraft.

It will have at least one long runway for a plane to take off and land and a helipad and so therefore is a crucial within the aviation industry.

Buildings will include control towers, hangers and terminal buildings.

Smaller, less developed airports often only have one single shorter runway, many will have dirt, grass or gravel runways rather than asphalt or concrete.

Larger airports will have multiple paved runways around 2,000m long.

Information about Airports

The busiest airport is is Hartsfield-Jacson Atlanta International airport with 92,389,023 passengers passing thorough in 2012.

The world's oldest airport is often disputed, however it is widely believed to be College Park Airport in Maryland US which was first opened in 1909 by Wilbur Wright.

The busiest airport in the United Kingdom is London Heathrow. It handles more international passengers than any other airport around the globe and is the busiest airport in the EU by passenger traffic.

The airport sustains around 76,000 jobs directly and around 116,000 indirectly meaning that there are loads of career opportunities for young people.

The airport first began as a small airfield in 1926 and by 1944 it was used for long-distance military aircraft bound for the far east. It is now used by over 90 airlines flying to 170 destinations.

10 busiest Airports by passenger traffic

(January - July 2012)

  • Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport, USA
  • Beijing Capital international Airport, China
  • London Heathrow Airport, UK
  • O'Hare Internatioanl Airport, USA
  • Tokyo International Airport, Japan
  • Los Angeles International Airport, USA
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, France
  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, USA
  • Frankfurt Airport, Germany
  • Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia

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