More than a place airport is an experience with all the facilities a traveller require. Some of the airports astonish us by its architectural brilliance and passenger management design. Discussing the biggest airports there are two major factors to be considered, actual land size and number of passengers. Here is the list of top 5 biggest airports in the US according to their land size, however, we have also included the number of passengers handled by each airport.
- Denver International Airport: 137.26 km² (33,917 acres)
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: 69.63 km² (17,050 acres)
- Washington Dulles International Airport: 52.6 km² (13,000 acres)
- Orlando International Airport: 51 km² (12,600 acres)
- George Bush Intercontinental: 40.5 km² (10,000 acres)
Denver International Airport: 137.26 km² (33,917 acres)
Denver International Airport (DIA) spanning 135.69km² is the largest airport in the US. It is the 20th-busiest airport in the world and 5th in the US handling 69 million passengers.
DIA always strive to be America’s favourite connecting hub and bring more economic growth for Denver and Colorado. It also the favourite choice of many passengers due to the high-quality hospitality provided.
Located 25 miles away from the city, the construction was completed in February 1995. DIA has six runways, the 16,000ft 16R/34L runway is the longest in the US available for public use. The airport was built as a solution to the over-capacity at Stapleton International Airport.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: 69.63 km² (17,050 acres)
Also known as DFW Airport, located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex area in the U.S. state of Texas. It is the tenth busiest airport in the world by serving about 75 million passengers.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport spanning 69.63 km² (17,050 acres) which is larger than the island of Manhattan, is the second largest airport by land area in the US. The airport has its own post office (ZIP code – 75261), police, fire protection and emergency medical services.
DFW started its operations from 1973 by landing a supersonic Concorde, an Air France aircraft. However, the airport opened for commercial service as Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport on January 13, 1974. As of now, the airport has five terminals and 182 gates.
The airport is constructed with futuristic development. The terminals are designed to minimize the distance between a passenger’s car and airplane making the passengers more comfortable. Although the airport is capable to accommodate up to 13 terminals and 260 gates in the future.
Washington Dulles International Airport: 52.6 km² (13,000 acres)
Washington Dulles International Airport started its operation from November 17, 1962. The airport is named after John Foster Dulles, who was Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953-1959. Washington Dulles Airport spans a size of 13,000 acres and stands 3rd position in the list.
Dulles Airport has 113 airline gates handling more than 24 million passengers a year. The astonishing look of the terminal is designed by a well-known architect Eero Saarinen. On average, more than 60,000 passengers pass through Dulles to and from more than 125 destinations around the world in a day.
Orlando International Airport: 51 km² (12,600 acres)
Orlando International Airport is a major public airport located 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Downtown Orlando, Florida. The airport spanning 51 km² (12,600 acres) handled 50,613,072 passengers in 2019, making it the busiest airport in the state and tenth busiest airport in the United States. London–Gatwick, United Kingdom is the busiest international routes to and from Orlando International Airport.
It was originally constructed as a U.S. Army Air Forces facility and military operations began in 1942. Now the airport is a major international gateway, with over 850 daily flights on 44 airlines and 135 destinations (domestic and international).
The Airport has a hub-and-spoke layout with a large main terminal building and a total of 129 gates.
George Bush Intercontinental: 40.5 km² (10,000 acres)
George Bush Intercontinental Airport located at Houston, Texas, United States, serves the Greater Houston metropolitan area. The “Houston Intercontinental Airport” opened in June 1969, was later renamed after George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. The name was changed on May 2, 1997.
George Bush Intercontinental is the 47th busiest airport in the world, and the 14th busiest airport in the United States, serving 45,264,059 passengers in the year of 2019. The airport covers 10,000 acres (40.5 km²) with five runways makes it to the 5th position in the list.
The airport has 130 gates with a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) distance from Terminal A to Terminal D. The airport is accessible via the inter-terminal train which runs every 3 minutes from 3:30 am to 12:30 am every day. The airport houses an on-site hotel, a Marriott with 573 rooms. The hotel also has many facilities such as a conference center, health club, concierge lounge, restaurant, and so on.