Five of the world’s largest airport terminals

7 Aug 2013
In your rush to catch a flight it is easy not to notice the terminal around you. The following are five airports with some of the largest total terminal space, and special features you may want to look out for next time you are passing through. Heathrow Airport Terminals and size: Terminal 1 – 74,601 sqm, Terminal 3 – 98,962 sqm, Terminal 4 – 105,481 sqm, Terminal 5 – 353,020 sqm, Terminal 2 – under construction (see news here) Total terminal area: 632,064 sqm Number of operational airlines: 84 Passenger volume per year: 70.1 million Special feature: If you forgot to put on your make-up, don’t worry: you can make use of the free beauty service at the airport. At World Duty Free in all terminals, free tasters of the beauty products are available, including a ten-minute three-step consultation from Clinique, a two-minute "make makeup last" session from Estee Lauder, and a 15-minute "refresh and fly" mini facial from Sisley Paris.   Hong Kong International Airport Terminals and size: Terminal 1 – 570,000 sqm, Terminal 2 – 140,000 sqm Total terminal area: 710,000 sqm Number of operational airlines: 107 Passenger volume per year: 56.5 million Special feature: An Aviation Discovery Centre is located at Terminal 2, with aviation-themed exhibits and graphics and a "Sky Deck and Cockpit Simulator". Photo credit to Hong Kong International Airport Narita Airport Terminals and size: Terminal 1 – 451,000 sqm, Terminal 2 – 370,000 sqm Total terminal area: 821,000 sqm Number of operational airlines: 71 Passenger volume per year: 32.8 million Special feature: If you didn't have time to properly admire the the city and its airport, you can spend time looking at the beautiful scenes through a screen at the airport. Sky Gate Vision is the largest digital signage system in Japan. The big screens are located throughout Terminal 1 and 2 including the departure and arrival lobbies and retail areas. The biggest 9.6 x 1.92 metre screen has a 385 inch display with a curved picture and seamless panels. Other than terminal information, security information and corporate advertising, they also display images of Japan, Narita Airport and music videos performed by airport staff.   Beijing Capital International Airport Terminals and size: Terminal 1 – 61,580 sqm, Terminal 2 – 336,000 sqm, Terminal 3 – 986,000 sqm Total terminal area: 1,383,580 sqm Number of operational airlines: 82 Passenger volume per year: 73.95 million Special feature:  In Terminal 3, there are the botantical oases of Suzhou Garden and Royal Garden, available for your meandering pleasure every day from 9am to 3pm. Staff are also on hand to provide you with free fodder for the fish in the gardens' pond.   Dubai International Airport Terminals and size: Terminal 1 + Concourse C – 246,474 sqm, Terminal 2 – 13,000 sqm, Terminal 3 and Concourse B – 1,185,000 sqm, Concourse A – 528,000 sqm Total terminal area: 1,972,474 sqm Number of operational airlines: 147 Passenger volume per year: 57.7 million Special feature: If you find it hard to sleep on board the aircraft, you could take a nap before take off in a Snooze Cube (see here). Next to Gate 122 in Terminal 1 there are ten sound-proof units containing a full-sized bed, touch-screen TV with a selection of entertainment and music, and high-speed internet. The cabin is also connected to the airport’s flight information system, so passengers can avoid missing their flight – just be sure to set an alarm! Hourly rates start from Dhs65 (US$17.7). Valerian Ho
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