Top 7 Largest and Busiest Airports in Europe

By Dhruvalakshmi Paithankar on Sep 22, 2018
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Europe caters to millions of passengers every year. From business to tourism and from domestic to international, it makes sure that the number of travellers is increasing every year. Do you want to know which are the busiest airports in Europe? Then, here is the list that has been categorized according to the number of passengers. It will also tell you about the largest airports in Europe according to its sprawling area. Take a look at this interesting list to know more about these transportation hubs -

1. Heathrow Airport in London, England

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Heathrow Airport is one of the major international airports serving Greater London. With 2 runways and 4 terminals, this is definitely the biggest airport in Europe. At a staggering number of 78 million passengers passed through its gates in 2017, Heathrow also became one of the busiest airports in the world. The location of this airport also plays an important role as it is only 14 miles (23 kilometers) from the west of Central London. Today, 80 different airlines connect Heathrow to more than 180 destinations from 84 countries.

Code - LHR

Address - Longford, UK

Total Area - 2,999 acres (1,214 hectares)

2. Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France

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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is the second busiest airport in Europe in terms of passenger numbers. Also known as Roissy Airport, it has 3 terminals that are connected by a free automated shuttle rail system. Charles de Gaulle is also one of the largest airports in Europe. Its 4 runways catered to 475,654 aircraft movements in 2017 with 69,471,442 commuters in the same year. Since 2009, this number is increasing at a constant pace with every passing year. This is how it proved why it is one of the major airports in Europe.

Code - CDG

Address - 95700 Roissy-en-France, France

Total Area - 8,001 acres (3,238 hectares)

3. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Originally established as a military airbase in 1916, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol converted into a civilian airport over the years and became Netherland’s primary airport. It is informally known as Schiphol. One terminal that is divided into 3 large departure halls is the identity of this place. With the count of 68,515,425 passengers in 2017, it maintained its status as the third busiest airport in Europe. A large shopping center on the premises generates revenue, while a railway station at the airport plaza attracts general visitors as well.

Code - AMS

Address - Evert van de Beekstraat 202, 1118 CP Schiphol, Netherlands

Total Area - 6,887 acres (2,787 hectares)

4. Frankfurt Airport in Frankfurt, Germany

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Frankfurt Airport, a major center for Lufthansa airline, is one of the busiest airports in the world and the fourth biggest in Europe. It has 2 terminals and 4 runways that made sure its 64,500 million passengers in 2017 had a smooth travelling experience. It is also one of the most popular airports in Europe as 5 continents including 300 destinations can be visited from here. As it is hardly 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) southwest of central Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport is easily reachable.

Code - FRA

Address - 60547 Frankfurt, Germany

Total Area - 5,683 acres (2,300 hectares)

5. Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul Atatürk Airport, which was originally named as Yeşilköy Airport, is home to 2 main terminals. This biggest airport in Turkey is also one of the major airports in Europe. After the terrorist attack in 2016, the number of passengers decreased in 2017, making it the fifth largest airport in Europe from its original 3rd position. It still welcomes 63,727,448 passengers in 2017 and offeres 273 non-stop destinations around the globe. Currently, under construction, Ataturk is planned to be the largest airport in the world.

Code - IST

Address - Yeşilköy, 34149 Bakırköy/Istanbul, Turkey

6. Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport in Madrid, Spain

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Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport is one of the largest and busiest airports in Europe. Established in 1928, this place has grown to have 5 terminals over the decades. This airport has been constantly renovated to accommodate more and more travellers. Well-connected with the center of the city, this airport served 53,402,506 passengers in 2017. It is commonly referred as Madrid–Barajas Airport since it is located in Barajas district.

Code - MAD

Address - Av de la Hispanidad, s/n, 28042 Madrid, Spain

Total Area - 7,500 acres (3.050 hectares)

7. Barcelona El Prat Airport in Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona–El Prat Airport is a place that serves mainly domestic European destinations. It has become the seventh largest airport in Europe after it handled 44.1 million passengers in 2016. This number increased to 47,284,500 in 2017. With Vueling and Level as its main airlines, it connects different continents easily. It has 3 runways, 2 terminals, 64 boarding gates along with 268 check-in counters, making sure that there is no hassle during a journey.

 Code - BCN

Address - 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain

Total Area - 3788 acres (1533 hectares)

Other than the ones we have mentioned, Gatwick Airport in London, Munich Airport in Munich, and Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Rome are also some of the largest and busiest airports in Europe.


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