Airports in Europe

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Major Airports in Europe

Flights in Europe form a major part of the world's air traffic with some of the biggest and busiest airports in the world located throughout continent. Of the airports in Europe, London's Heathrow is the busiest, followed by Paris' Charles de Gaulle. The 5 busiest airports in Europe all have more than 50 million passengers passing through their gates each year. A great deal of European airlines have their primary operating hubs located at one of these airports, such as British Airways at London Heathrow and Lufthansa at Frankfurt Main. Flight comparison websites and travel search tools like GoEuro allow you to find the best flight for your travel needs.

Top 10 Airports in Europe Number of Passengers (data from 2014)
London-Heathrow 73,405,330
Paris-Charles de Gaulle 63,813,756
Frankfurt 59,566,132
Istanbul Atatürk Airport 56,954,790
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol 54,978,023
Madrid–Barajas Airport 41,833,374
Munich Airport 39,700,515
Rome Fiumicino Airport 38,506,908
London-Gatwick 38,103,667
Barcelona-El Prat 37,559,044

Main International Airports in Europe

London Heathrow Airport

Heathrow is Europe's busiest airport and the airport with the most international passengers in the world. Heathrow is located to the west of London and there are numerous public transport options from central London, including train, subway and bus. Planes from Heathrow fly both short- and long-haul to over 180 destinations. Heathrow is the primary operating hub for British Airways as well as Virgin Atlantic's main base in the UK. The most heavily-flown routes from the airport within Europe are between Dublin, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

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Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport is Europe's second-busiest airport after Heathrow, with more than 60 million passengers travelling through the gates each year. The airport is the main hub for the French flag-carrier airline Air France, as well as a base for a number of budget airlines including easyJet and flybe. The airport is well connected to Paris' public transport network, with regular regional express trains and buses travelling to the city centre. Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport has 3 terminals which are connected by a light-rail shuttle, which also links them to the railway station and parking lots.

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Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport is the third-busiest airport in Europe, behind only London-Heathrow and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, with more than 50 million passengers passing through its gates each year and more than 1300 flights every day. Frankfurt Airport is the main hub for the German flag carrier Lufthansa while leading the world by flying to over 264 international destinations. While the airport is 12 km to the southwest of Frankfurt's city centre, frequent S-Bahn and bus services connect the two.

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Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Istanbul Atatürk airport is the busiest airport in Turkey and the 10th busiest in the world for international flights. More than 55 million passengers travel through it each year with nearly 40 million of them travelling internationally. It is located about 24 km to the west of Istanbul city centre on the European side of the Bosphorus. Over 40 airlines, among them Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, offer service to Istanbul Atatürk airport, flying to destinations all across Europe and beyond. The airport can be easily reached from the centre of Istanbul via the subway, the shuttle bus service or car.

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam-Schiphol is the 5th busiest airport in Europe and the 6th busiest in the world for International passenger traffic, with more than 50 million passengers passing through its gates each year. The airport is the main operating base for Dutch flag carrier KLM and its subsidiary Transavia, as well as being a destination of other major European airlines like easyJet and Aer Lingus. Schiphol only has one terminal building, although it does have 6 runways spread out around the surrounding area. The airport has its own railway station which is served by trains from Amsterdam and many of the other major cities in the Netherlands. Bus options are also plentiful, including night buses to central Amsterdam.

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Madrid-Barajas Airport

The largest and busiest airport in Spain, serving more than 40 million passengers each year, Madrid-Barajas airport is also home to one of the largest airport terminals in the world by area. The airport has 4 terminals and 4 runways and is able to accommodate up to 70 million passengers per year. Located just 13 kilometres from Madrid city centre and just 9 from the city's financial district, the airport is connected to the Madrid Metro network and is well serviced by city buses. The airport is the main base for Iberia, with the Spanish flag carrier accounting for more than 60% of traffic at the airport. Budget airlines that also use the airport are Ryanair, easyJet, and Vueling.

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