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An AIRPORT is a location where aircraft such as fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and blimps take off and land. Aircraft may be stored or maintained at an airport. An airport consists of at least one surface such as a runway for a plane to take off and land, a helipad, or water for takeoffs and landings, and often includes buildings such as control towers, hangars and terminal buildings.

Larger airports may have fixed base operator services, seaplane docks and ramps, air traffic control, passenger facilities such as restaurants and lounges, and emergency services. A military airport, in the US, is known as an airbase or air station.

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  • Abu Dhabi International Airport | AUH | OMAA - the airport in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the world in terms of passengers, new airline operators, and infrastructural development.
  • Golfe de Saint-Tropez International Airport.
  • Airport Saint-Tropez | La MÔle - Aeroport Golfe de Saint-Tropez International Airport - since 1964. IATA: LTT, ICAO: LFTZ) is an airport located in La Môle, 15 km (8 NM) southwest of Saint-Tropez. The airport is at an elevation of 59 feet (18 m) above mean sea level. It has one paved runway designated 06/24 (QFU 062° / 242°) which measures 1,180 by 30 metres (3,871 ft × 98 ft) with illuminated signs and a parallel taxiway. It is equipped with a PAPI. The airport buildings comprise a terminal building with a floor area of 750 m² featuring a bar, a hangar of 1,200 m², a gas station for Avgas aviation fuel and a weather station. It is suitable for the disabled and has parking for 100 cars. The terminal can handle up to 40,000 passengers per year. It is open to domestic civilian traffic; international service is possible on request 24 hours in advance. The main working hours are from 0700h to 1900 and on request from sunrise to sunset. It is not equipped to operate at night due to the lack of runway lights.
  • Al Maktoum International Airport | DWC | OMDW - major airport in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates that opened on 27 June 2010. It will be the main part of Dubai World Central, a planned residential, commercial and logistics complex scheme. World Central is the world's first truly integrated logistics platform, with most transport modes, logistics and value added services, including manufacturing and assembly, in a single bonded and Free Zone environment.
  • Athens International Airport | ATH | LGAV - the airport has become increasingly popular as a gateway to Asia and the Middle East.
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol | AMS | EHAM - the world’s 3rd largest by international passenger traffic as well as Europe’s 5th and the world’s 14th busiest by overall passenger volume.
  • BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Suvarnabhumi Airport | BKK | VTBS - international airport serving Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Beijing Capital International Airport | PEK | ZBAA - the main international airport of Beijing, China. Terminal 3 became fully operational on March 26, 2008 and is currently the second largest airport passenger terminal building of the world.
  • Berlin Tegel Airport | TXL | EDDT - main international airport in Berlin, Germany.
  • Brussels Airport | BRU | EBBR - international airport located in Zaventem, northeast of Brussels, Belgium.
  • BUENOS AIRES Ministro Pistarini International Airport | EZE | SAEZ - located 22 km (14 mi) south-southwest of Buenos Aires or Capital Federal, the capital of Argentina.
  • Cairo International Airport | CAI | HECA - the busiest airport in Egypt.
  • Changi Airport Singapore | SIN | WSSS - a major aviation hub in Asia, particularly in the Southeast Asian region, and is the main airport in Singapore.
  • Charles de Gaulle Airport | CDG | LFPG - also known as Roissy Airport (or just Roissy in French), in the Paris area, is one of the world's principal aviation centres, as well as France's main airport.
  • Copenhagen Airport | CPH | EKCH - the largest airport in the Nordic countries.
  • Dubai International Airport Terminal 3.
  • Dubai International Airport | IATA: DXB | ICAO: OMDB - "Connecting the World." International airport serving Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates. It is a major aviation hub in the Middle East, and is the main airport of Dubai and the world's busiest airport by international passenger traffic.
  • DUBAI WORLD CENTRAL | Al Maktoum International Airport | DWC | OMDW - major airport in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates that opened on 27 June 2010. It will be the main part of Dubai World Central, a planned residential, commercial and logistics complex scheme. World Central is the world's first truly integrated logistics platform, with most transport modes, logistics and value added services, including manufacturing and assembly, in a single bonded and Free Zone environment.
  • FRANKFURT AM MAIN AIRPORT | FRA | EDDF - known in German as Flughafen Frankfurt am Main or Rhein-Main-Flughafen is a major international airport located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest of the city centre. It is by far the busiest airport by passenger traffic in Germany, the third busiest in Europe and the ninth busiest worldwide in 2009. It serves the most international destinations in the world and is the busiest airport in Europe by cargo traffic.
  • Hamad International Airport.
  • Hamad International Airport | IATA: DOH | ICAO: OTHH - since 2014. "With a spa like atmosphere, Hamad International Airport is prioritizing comfort and luxury for all its travelers." The sole international airport in the state of Qatar. Located south of its capital, Doha, it replaced the former Doha International Airport as Qatar's principal airport. The airport is named after the previous Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar has been named the Best Airport in the World at the 2021 World Airport Awards.
  • Haneda Airport - since 1931. Tokyo International Airport, commonly known as Haneda Airport, Tokyo Haneda Airport, or Haneda International Airport (IATA: HND, ICAO: RJTT), is one of two international airports serving the Greater Tokyo Area, the other one being Narita International Airport (NRT). It serves as the primary base of Japan's two major domestic airlines, Japan Airlines (Terminal 2) and All Nippon Airways (Terminal 1), as well as Air Do, Skymark Airlines, Solaseed Air, and StarFlyer. It is located in Ōta, Tokyo, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Tokyo Station.
  • HARTSFIELD-JACKSON ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT | ATL | KATL - (Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.). World's busiest airport by passenger traffic, serving 90 million passengers per year.
  • Hong Kong International Airport | HKG | VHHH - the main airport in Hong Kong. It is colloquially known as Chek Lap Kok Airport.
  • Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport | HYD | VOHS - international airport near Shamshabad, about 22 km (14 mi) from the city of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Ian Fleming International Airport, Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
  • Ian Fleming International Airport | OCJ | MKBS - airport located in Boscobel, Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica, 10 km (6.2 mi) east of Ocho Rios, in northern Jamaica. The airport provides service to the United States and to other Caribbean islands. It is named for Ian Fleming, the creator of the James Bond novels, whose Goldeneye estate is located in St Mary parish.
  • Ibiza Airport - IATA: IBZ, ICAO: LEIB. Carretera Aeropuerto, s/n, 07818 Sant Jordi de Ses Salines, Ibiza. The airport is located 7 km (4.3 mi) southwest of Ibiza Town. Serving Ibiza and Formentera. The airport traffic is characterised by the seasonal nature of the tourist industry, and as such it handles over 85% of the total volume of passengers during the six months of the peak season (May–September). The airport also offers year-round scheduled inter-island and mainland traffic, with flights operating to primary business hubs, such as Barcelona, Madrid and Palma de Mallorca.
  • Incheon International Airport | ICN | RKSI - the largest airport in South Korea. Since 2005, it has been consecutively rated as the best airport in the world by the Airports Council International.
  • JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT | JFK | KJFK - international airport located in Queens County, New York in southeastern New York City about 12 miles (19 km) from Lower Manhattan. It is the busiest international air passenger gateway to the United States.
  • KING FAHD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT | DMM | OEDF - (Dammam, Saudi-Arabia). The largest airport in the world in terms of land area (780 km2), thus making it larger than the nearby country of Bahrain.
  • KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT | KUL | WMKK - (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). One of Southeast Asia's largest airports. It was ranked as the 13th busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic, and is the 7th busiest international airport in Asia.
  • Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport | FCO | LIRF - also commonly known as Fiumicino Airport, is Italy's largest airport and the first international air gateway.
  • LONDON CITY AIRPORT | LCY | EGLC - single-runway airport. It principally serves the financial district of London and is located on a former Docklands site, 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) east of the City of London, opposite the London Regatta Centre, in the London Borough of Newham in east London. In 2011 London City was the fifth busiest airport in terms of passengers and aircraft movements serving the London area after Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton and the 15th busiest in the UK.
  • London Heathrow Airport | LHR | EGLL - the world's busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic. It is the world's second busiest airport in total passenger traffic and the United Kingdom's largest and busiest airport.
  • Los Angeles International Airport | LAX | KLAX - since 1928. The primary airport serving Los Angeles, California, the second-most populated metropolitan area of the United States. It is often referred to by its IATA airport code LAX.
  • Madrid-Barajas Airport | MAD | LEMD - the main international airport serving Madrid in Spain.
  • McCarran International Airport | LAS | KLAS - the principal commercial airport serving Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada, United States.
  • Mexico City International Airport | MEX | MMMX - Mexico's and Latin America's busiest airport.
  • Milan Malpensa Airport | MXP | LIMC - since 1910. The largest international airport in northern Italy, serving Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria, as well as the Swiss Canton of Ticino. The airport is 49 kilometres (30 mi) northwest of Milan, next to the Ticino river dividing Lombardy and Piedmont.
  • MOSCOW Domodedovo International Airport | DME | UUDD - international airport located 22 km south of the centre of Moscow, Russia. It is one of the three major Moscow airports along with Sheremetyevo International Airport and Vnukovo Airport. Domodedovo is the largest airport in Russia in terms of passenger and cargo traffic.
  • Narita International Airport | NRT | RJAA - handles the majority of international passenger traffic to and from Japan.
  • Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, Rue Costes et Bellonte, 06206 Nice, France.
  • Nice CÔte d'Azur Airport | NCE | LFMN - the principal port of arrival for passengers to the Côte d'Azur. Located 3.2 NM (5.9 km; 3.7 mi) southwest of Nice, in the Alpes-Maritimes départment of France. It is the third busiest airport in France and serves as a focus city for Air France and an operating base for easyJet. In 2019, it handled 14,485,423 passengers. The airport is positioned 7 km (4 mi) west of the city centre, and is the principal port of arrival for passengers to the Côte d'Azur. Due to its proximity to the Principality of Monaco, it also serves as the city-state's airport, with helicopter service linking the principality and airport. Some airlines market Monaco as a destination via Nice Airport.
  • O'Hare International Airport | ORD | KORD - since 1944. Typically referred to as Chicago O'Hare International Airport, O'Hare International Airport, O'Hare Airport, Chicago O'Hare, or simply O'Hare, is the main international airport serving Chicago, Illinois, located on the city's Northwest Side, approximately 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Loop business district.
  • OR Tambo International Airport | JNB | FAJS - the primary airport for domestic and international travel to/from South Africa and is Africa's busiest airport.
  • Palm Beach International Airport, 1000 James L Turnage Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33415, U.S.A.
  • Palm Beach International Airport | PBI | KPBI - since 1936. Public airport three miles west of Palm Beach, Florida, in West Palm Beach, Florida, and serves Palm Beach County. The airport is operated by Palm Beach County Department of Airports. Road access to the airport is direct from I-95, Southern Boulevard, and Congress Avenue. The airport is bordered on the west by Military Trail.
  • Rio de Janeiro-GaleÃo International Airport | GIG | SBGL - is Rio de Janeiro's major international airport.
  • SAINT PETERSBURG Pulkovo Airport | LED | ULLI - international airport serving St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport | PVG | ZSPD - a major aviation hub in Asia, particularly in the East Asian region, and is the primary international airport serving Shanghai of the People's Republic of China.
  • Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport Terminal 3.
  • Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport | SZX | ZGSZ - located near Huangtian and Fuyong villages in Bao'an District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. The airport also serves as an Asian-Pacific cargo hub for UPS Airlines. The airport is undergoing major expansion with a new terminal under construction. A second runway was also recently completed. It is one of the three largest airport hubs serving southern China, alongside Hong Kong International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. The airport also has direct ferry routes to Hong Kong International Airport, where passengers can transit without going through immigration and custom checks, akin to transit between two flights. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3 is set to be the first airport terminal certified to the National Green Building Star Label in China.
  • Singapore Changi Airport | SIN | WSSS - a major aviation hub in Asia, particularly in the Southeast Asian region, and is the main airport in Singapore.
  • Sydney Airport | SYD | YSSY - the busiest airport in Australia.
  • Tokyo International Airport | HND | RJTT - one of the two primary airports serving the Greater Tokyo Area. It is commonly known as Haneda Airport. Handles almost all domestic flights to and from Tokyo.
  • Venice Marco Polo Airport | VCE | LIPZ - airport located on the Italian mainland north of Venice, Italy, in Tessera, a frazione of the commune of Venice nearest to Mestre.
  • ZÜrich Airport | ZRH | LSZH - Switzerland's largest international flight gateway.
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