5 Airports that Provide the Most Connecting Flights

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5 Airports that Provide the Most Connecting Flights

The world grows ever smaller. You could log on, book a flight, and hop an airplane across the world within hours if you live anywhere near these major international hubs for air travel.

5. Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

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In fifth place, Toronto Pearson International Airport in Canada is one of the most connected airports in the world. The Air Canada hub is Canada’s busiest metropolitan center and also the country’s busiest airport. In addition to its plentiful international connections, Toronto Pearson also offers non-stop domestic flights to all major Canadian cities. It takes its name from Lester B. Pearson, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister of Canada.

4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

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AMS of the Netherlands is the fourth most connected airport in the world and the third busiest in Europe. The airport serves 104 different airlines, and in 2016 it was awarded a royal seal from King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands. The origins of its name are cryptic with one of the most popular folk tales being that the nearby lake was the site of several shipwrecks, earning it the title of ship grave, or “schip” “hol.” Its design is based on a single-terminal concept with one large terminal split into three departure halls.

3. Frankfurt Airport (FRA)

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Nearly tied with O’Hare, Frankfurt Airport in Germany is the third most internationally connected airport in the world. The Lufthansa main hub boasts twin passenger terminals and four runways with a total capacity estimated at 65 million passengers per year. The airport was strategically developed near the Frankfurter Kreuz Autobahn intersection as it was one of the busiest motorways in Europe at the time of its construction.

Unlike the two airports higher on this list, FRA was initially opened for commercial use in 1936, before the start of World War II and its conversion to a military base. Before its conversion, it had gotten off to rough start, as it once served as the base of the Hindenburg. After restrictions for German air travelers were relived in 1951, the airport began its development into the logistic hub that it is today.

2. O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

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In close second, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport takes the cake for second-most-connected. Like the number-one entry on this list, the “busiest square mile in the world” started out servicing military transports in World War II before it was converted for civilian use. It takes its name after Medal of Honor recipient Edward “Butch” O’Hare, the Navy’s first flying ace.

Up until 1998, O’Hare was in fact the busiest airport in the world, whereas it now ranks at sixth busiest. Its ambitious beginnings made it home to several innovations in civilian air travel of the time, including direct highway access as well as the use of concourses, jet bridges, and underground refueling systems. In recent times, connecting flights across distant terminals in the expansive airport had become so common as to warrant recent renovations in the transit system with new terminal buses to transport passengers between flights.

1. Heathrow Airport (LHR)

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If you’ve done any extensive amount of international travel, the odds are that you wound up at Heathrow at some point. London’s main international airport has a reputation as the world’s most internationally connected airport. As of 2018, Heathrow offered 66,000 different international connections with no more than a six-hour wait at its busiest travel times. In 2015, Heathrow was the busiest airport in Europe, 14 percent ahead of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and 22 percent Istanbul Ataturk Airport in passenger traffic.

During its early years, Heathrow was a small air field in a rural hamlet. Development in earnest began in 1944 for long-distance military aircraft travel, but the war ended before its construction was completed, and its development was continued instead as a civil airport.

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The 7 Most Expensive Airports Ever Built

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7 Most Expensive Airports Ever Built

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Most Expensive Airports Ever Built

With lots of visitors and a desire to be a top-notch destination, some cities have quite the airport. After all, it’s the first thing many international travelers see when coming to your country. Some, of course, are costlier than others (and by a lot). Here’s a look at the most expensive airports ever built.

A quick note: This list includes only airports that are completely active, not those that don’t yet have passengers (though there are a couple of notables that will be mentioned within the article).

Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport

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$4.8 billion

It sits on 35,000 acres and is nearly twice the size of the next largest airport in America. It went $2 billion over budget, opening on Feb. 28, 1995. Shrouded in odd conspiracy theories, “surely something macabre must be hidden in those billions of extra dollars,” wrote New York Magazine. New World Order command bunkers or post-apocalyptic fallout shelters are among the many, many theories. Or maybe just government misspending. Whatever you believe, Denver’s is one big, expensive airport.

Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport

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$6 billion

DXB is the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic, and the third busiest overall in passenger traffic. More than 89 million passengers came through in 2018, and billions and billions were spent to make it all happen. The newer Terminal 3, completed in 2008 exclusively for the airline Emirates, cost $4.5 billion by itself.

Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing Capital International Airport

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$8 billion

Another airport with a recent terminal expansion that cost billions ($3.8 billion to be more precise), Beijing Capital International Airport comes in at around $8 billion total. The new terminal alone comes in a 3.2 million square feet of space. A new airport expected to come to Beijing later this year, Beijing Daxing International Airport, will be even more expensive at something like $12 billion. The Chinese capital is quickly becoming one of the busiest ports in the world.

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Al Maktoum International Airport

Al Maktoum International Airport

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$8 billion

This airport opened to passenger traffic in 2013, but is nowhere near complete. Officially, its costs are put in the $8–12 billion range, but it could become the most expensive airport ever built as cost overruns and delays have plagued the full project. It’s three miles southwest of Dubai, and its completion has been postponed until at least 2027. Expected to handle 120 million annual passengers once finished, it could cost a whopping $36 billion when it’s all said and done.

London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport

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$10.5 billion

First opened in 1929, this airport in England has racked up about $10.5 billion in building costs over the years, the big chunk of it coming from a roughly $5.3 billion terminal expansion. It handled a record 80.1 million passengers in 2018, and therefore is planning further expansions to support more traffic, driving up the total cost some billions more.

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport

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$20 billion

Just over 20 years old, Hong Kong’s airport has spent about a billion bucks a year, on average. The total to build it, after all, was more than $20 billion. There were 225 construction contracts as a part of the project — split into 10 separate projects. The airport, built on reclaimed land between the two islands of Chek Lap Kok and Lam Chau, increased the land area of Hong Kong by 1 percent. That’s a pretty sizable airport!

Kansai International Airport

Kansai International Airport

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$20 billion

Opened in 1994 to relieve overcrowding at Osaka International Airport in Japan, Kansai was built in the middle of Osaka Bay on an artificially-made island. As you could imagine, this wasn’t cheap. It’s only the third busiest airport in Japan (30th busiest in Asia), but it’s the most expensive in the entire world, also at more than $20 billion.

Shanghai’s Pudong Airport Punished By China’s Government For Poor Performance

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Pudong airport punished for poor punctuality

SHANGHAI’S Pudong International Airport has been punished for its poor punctuality rate.

China’s civil aviation regulator announced yesterday the airport would be unable to apply to operate any new or extra flights for the next two months.

The airport had consistently failed to meet the flight punctuality standard between March and September and had been banned from operating “new, extra or charter flights” since May 1, said the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Beijing Capital International Airport, and airports in Xiamen and Nanjing have also received the same punishment for similar poor performances.

Hongqiao airport, however, was granted leave to apply to operate new, extra or charter flights from November 1 as its punctuality rates had met the standard set by the administration.

According to aviation regulations, airports with annual passenger volume of more than 30 million must maintain a punctuality rate of above 50 percent.

Pudong airport was rated the worst performer among the major airports, having a punctuality rate of just 38 percent in July and still below 50 percent since then.

Meanwhile, two China Eastern Airlines flights were canceled by the administration because of the poor punctuality rates, the administration said.

Flight MU5127 from Hongqiao to Beijing, and MU5629 from Pudong to Changchun in northeast Jilin Province were canceled from November 1 as punishments.

Sichuan Airlines, Tibet Airlines and Chongqing Airlines have also been reprimanded for poor performance.

German “Refugee” Making Bombs To Set Off At Berlin Airports Has Been Arrested

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German spy chief says Syrian suspect targeted Berlin airports

The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said a Syrian suspect arrested on Monday was building a bomb and probably planned to attack one of the airports in Berlin.

Hans-Georg Maassen told public broadcaster ARD that intelligence leads had suggested in early September that militant group Islamic State (IS) was planning an attack on Germany’s transport infrastructure.

Spies managed to track down and identify the suspect in the eastern state of Saxony last Thursday and started a round-the-clock observation, Maassen said.

“We found out that he then bought hot glue in a discount shop on the following day. And then we immediately put all measures into place to start a raid because we assumed this can basically be the last missing chemical for him to build a bomb.”

Maassen told ARD that initial intelligence information pointed to an attack on trains in Germany but it later became clear that he planned to strike a Berlin airport.

Germany’s top public prosecutor, Peter Frank, confirmed that his office had taken over the investigations because of the severity of the charges.

“The danger is mainly characterized by the fact that he developed a very high explosive for which special expertise was needed, and he made it in a very large quantity,” he told ARD’s television news programme, Tagesthemen.

Investigators said earlier they found “some 1.5 kilograms (3 lb) of an extremely dangerous explosive” in the suspect’s apartment.

State police said the chemical was probably triacetone triperoxide (TATP), a highly unstable substance also used by suicide bombers during the Paris attack in November 2015.

German authorities said earlier on Monday that the suspect was probably inspired by IS and was readying an attack similar to those in Paris and Brussels.

Jaber Albakr, 22, arrived in Germany in February last year during a migrant influx into the country and was granted temporary asylum four months later. Officials said he had not previously aroused suspicion.

The suspect’s background will be unwelcome news for Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservatives have lost support to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party over her refugee-friendly policy.

(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Catherine Evans and Sandra Maler)