Biggest Airports in Europe

Here are some of the biggest airports in Europe that you need to check out:

Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport is ranked 7th of the largest airports in the world and is located in London, United Kingdom. It is also one of the busiest, with over 71 million passengers annually.


The UK government plans to add a third runway and expand Heathrow’s area by 3 square kilometers, which makes the total area approximately 15 square kilometers. 

Paris Orly Airport

Paris Orly Airport is France’s third-largest airport. It is located 13 kilometers south of Paris and has an overall area of 15.3 square kilometers. Before Charles de Gaulle took on much of the international traffic, Paris Orly was once the capital’s main airport. Paris Orly is also the busiest airport for domestic travel. It served 32 million passengers in 2017 despite Charles de Gaulle taking the spot.

Munich Airport

The second biggest airport in Germany is the Munich Airport. It is located 18 kilometers northeast of Munich. Munich Airport has a total area of 15.75 square kilometers. It has served 45 million passengers in 2017. 


Did you know that Munich Airport is the only airport in Europe that has been rated 5 stars by Skytrax, an air transport ranking organization? It has maintained its high quality from 2015 to 2017.


There are also entertainment activities for passengers waiting at the airport like mini-golf, stationary surf wave, brewery, Napcabs, a Christmas market, and also Visitor’s Park.

Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport

Located in France, is the Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport that has a total area of 21 square kilometers and is 13 kilometers away from Lyon. It was originally named Lyon Satolas Airport and was renamed in 2000. Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport has three terminals and one freight platform. In 2017, it served a total of 10 million passengers.

Frankfurt Airport

Germany’s biggest airport with a total area of 23 square kilometers is the Frankfurt Airport. It has two main terminals which served 64 million passengers in 2017. It is also the busiest cargo airport in Europe and in 2017, it handled over 2 million tonnes of cargo.