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In the former post of the airport size serial I have published information about the size of the European airports, the North American airports and the Asian & Australian airports. In this post I am going to share the information about the South American, African and Middle East airports. (lately I have posted a resume about the efficiency of airports’ land use)

I expect that you are enjoying the information!

Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (Brasil): 855Ha

Rio de Janeiro Galeao International Airport (Brasil): 950 Ha

Buenos Aires Pistarini International Airport (Argentina): 670 Ha

Mexico City International Airport Ciudad de México (Mexico): 685 Ha

King Fahd International Airport (Saudi Arabia): 3410Ha

Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates): 1445 Ha

Cairo Wadi al Jandali International Airport (Egypt): 2550 Ha



In this post set about the size of the size of the largest airports in the world, I have already published the size of the European airports and the size of the North American airports. I will also publish the South American, African and Middle East airports in the next post (lately I have posted a resume about the efficiency of airports’ land use). Now it is the time for the Asian and Australian airports.

Here you have the information!

Tokyo Haneda International Airport (Japan): 1445 Ha

Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport (China): 1285 Ha

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China): 3350 Ha

Beijing Internacional Airport (China): 2330 Ha

Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (India): 575 Ha

New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (India): 1770 Ha

Bangkok New International Airport (Thailand): 2980 Ha

Sydney International Airport (Australia): 820 Ha


In the last post I published the size of the largest airports of Europe; in the two former posts I am going to publish the size of the largest airports of Asia-Australia and South America-Africa-Middle East (lately I have posted a resume about the efficiency of airports’ land use). In this post it is time for the North American airports!

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (USA): 1625 Ha

New York JFK International Airport (USA): 1525 Ha

Chicago O´Hare International Airport (USA): 2610 Ha

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (USA): 4360 Ha

Los Angeles International Airport (USA): 1325 Ha

 Denver International Airport (USA): 4200 Ha

Toronto Pearson International Airport (Canada): 1660 Ha

I have measured some new North American airports!

Washington-Dulles International Airport (USA): 2255 Ha

Kansas City International Airport (USA): 1290 Ha

Salt Lake City International Airport (USA): 1635 Ha

Moses Lake Washington Grant County International Airport (USA): 1655 Ha


The other day I read a post (and I republished it in CityLines Facebook page) about the largest airports in the world, it talked about the number of people passing through them each year. When I was reading I thought, well, actually I have not ever read about the size of the largest airports in the world, so I decided to measure them by myself, and I realized that it was pretty interesting.

I just took the Google Earth tool to define the limit of the airports by photo interpretation. Then I used the Esri free application for iPad to measure the airport polygons. I measured the airports that I supposed that were the biggest in every continent. Now, I am going to publish the largest airports in 4 different posts. The order of publication will be related with the continent of the airports:

  1. Europe
  2. North America
  3. Asia-Australia
  4. South America-Africa-Middle East

(lately I have posted a resume about the efficiency of airports’ land use). So here you have the first part of the Airports serial, you can see their photo and size!

Madrid Barajas International Airport (Spain): 3050 Ha

Barcelona El Prat International Airport (Spain): 950 Ha

London Heathrow International Airport (UK): 1215 Ha

Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (France): 3100 Ha

Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (The Netherlands): 2380 Ha

Thanks to Erik Griswold to tell me that I forgot “Polderbaan” airstrip (Runway 36L/18R). Map & size figure are corrected

Frankfurt International Airport (Germany): 1470 Ha

Roma Fiumicino International Airport (Italy): 1395 Ha

Moscu Sheremetyevo International Airport (Russia): 875 Ha


The past 27th, 28th and 29th October I attended the 6th International Congress on Spatial Planning, organized by Fundicot in Pamplona. It is always interesting to hear the speeches of other professionals dedicated to Planning and see the paths that are being followed at the moment.

I think there were no major surprises in the discussions that took place in that forum, but I would like to give my opinion on an element that was repeated throughout the entire Congress. It seems that there is a clear diagnosis about the territorial problems that exist; however, the solutions to them are addressed in a piecemeal way.

The positive side is that there appears to be some consensus upon the fact that this system requires a change to unassumable patterns over time as the loss of biodiversity, unsustainable mobility, excessive consumption of land and resources, climate challenges or an unsustainable energy model.

The negative side is that, after having a methodical and accurate discourse about the problems we have, there is not a complete and complex discourse on possible solutions that will contribute to change the model in which we live.

Far from conceptual discourses, my prosaic vision of the matter suggests to me that the cost of implementing policies and technologies that would enable the shift of paradigm are still greater than the costs incurred by, let me call it, “the twentieth century model”. Of course, when I talk about costs, I mean cash flows, not total costs from internalizing all the elements that influence the system, that would be another history.

Finally, as an MVP or Palme d’Or and knowing that I´m leaving things on the way, I would like to highlight Ramon Folch´s discourse (http://www.erf.cat) as the most complete in terms of structure; the concreteness of the interventions and the simplifications made in the Barcelona Metropolitan Territorial Plan (http://urlcut.com/1xsyt), explained by Oriol Nel·lo, as a way to get results without getting lost in the complexity of elements that we are not able to master; and, finally, the specific methodology for landscape mapping expressed by Luis A. Cancer (http://urlcut.com/1xsyu) as a way to provide objectivity to subjective parameters as are the ones surrounding landscape.

Please take advantage of your day.


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