If you’re involved in international business on a global level, chances are that you’ve spent plenty of time in airports. If you fly on the commercial airlines, you can spend untold hours waiting for flights to take off or dealing with other delays. Even if you take a charter jet, you’ve probably spent more time than you’d care to admit in many of the world’s 49,000 airports.
Of course, some airports are better than others, both in terms of comfort and amenities and in terms of how long you typically have to wait. In our experience, the smaller, private airports are much offer much better service if you’re taking a charter jet. Inevitably, though, we all get stuck in the big airports one in a while. Here are the world’s 10 biggest, busiest airports:
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, this is the major stop into and out of the Eastern United States.
- Beijing Capitol Int’l Airport. Located in the heart of Beijing, this airport is a testament to the fact that the world’s largest country (in terms of population) has become a major player in the world of business, and in terms of international flights.
- O’Hare Int’l Airport. Located in Chicago, Illinois, O’Hare is a major hub and if you fly anywhere within the US, you’ll probably spend a lot of time there. Of course, using a private charter jet will eliminate a lot of layover in busy airports like O’Hare.
- Heathrow Airport. London’s airport is the UK’s busiest, and the 4th busies in the world. It goes without saying that many business flights come to and from Heathrow.
- Tokyo Int’l. By far the busiest airport in Japan and the 2nd busiest in Asia, Tokyo.Ironically, most of the air traffic to and from Tokyo International is domestic. Tokyo has a different airport for international travelers. However, many charters do fly into and out of Tokyo from Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
- LA Int’l. The major point of entry or departure on the US West Coast, Los Angeles International. Of course, if you’re on a private jet, you can bypass LAX in favor of one of several smaller airports which are closer to business and recreational interests.
- Dallas-Ft. Worth. This is actually the world’s largest, if you’re only considering runways that don’t intersect. It’s also considered by many as the world’s best airport for cargo and freight. Incidentally, as large airports go, it isn’t too bad for passengers, either.