8 Interesting Facts You (Probably) Did Not Know About Airports

November 21st, 2014, by Sam Pearl

Upon the release of the Airports Council International’s (ACI) 2013 World Airport Traffic Report, here are eight facts about airports and duty-free shops that you may find quite interesting!

    1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was home to the most passenger traffic last year with a whopping 94.3 million travelers passing through in 2013. Beijing Capital International Airport trailed in second with a total of 83.7 million passengers.
    2. The world’s top 30 airport cities handle more than one-third of global passenger traffic. London remains top of the list for being the world’s largest airport system with nearly 140 million passengers spanning six airports across the city. New York City follows with 112 million passengers handled by three airports. Tokyo came in third with 105 million passengers.
    3. The Duty Free at Dubai International Airport is the busiest and largest travel retailer in the world, with sales in excess of $1.8 billion (USD) in 2013.
    4. This past year, travel retailers sold approximately $60 billion of goods, according to a Swedish research firm. Sales at airports alone will grow by 73% from 2013 to 2019, fueled by cosmetics and perfumes, which have recently surpassed alcohol and tobacco as the largest category segment, a consultancy prediction stated.
    5. Approximately 80% of airline passengers will be using mobile check-in by 2018.
    6. Hong Kong International Airport is home to the largest IMAX screen in Hong Kong and also houses a nine-hole golf course created to United States Golf Association standards. The airport is currently undergoing a $136.2 billion expansion scheduled for completion by 2030.
    7. Chagi Airport in Singapore was named the world’s best airport in 2014 by Skytrax’s World Airport Awards, the most prestigious airport award in the industry. This is the second year the airport has won the award, boasting spectacular amenities including a butterfly garden, a rooftop pool, multiple movie theatres, hotels, spas and showers.
    8. Following a potentially threatening incident at London-Heathrow airport in 2006, when terrorists attempted to cause harm to several airplanes using homemade liquid explosives, new regulations concerning the transportation of Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) were implemented in Europe and North America. It is now mandatory to transport liquids that were purchased at an airport duty-free using a Security Tamper-Evident Bag (STEB).

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