Top 10 airports in Europe

Shannon Lewis
- Leadership - Nov 01, 2019

We take a look at Flight’s From’s “Top 100 Busiest Airports” to bring you the top ten airports in Europe, based on scheduled daily flights.


10. Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport

Airport code FCO, Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport is located in Rome, Italy. The 48th busiest airport in the world, it has 401 flights scheduled every day. Opened in 1960 as a support airport for the Summer Olympics, it has since become a hub of passenger activity with 40,971,881 passengers passing through in 2017, according Roma Airport. It has four passenger terminals, with free wi-fi and a personal shopper service. 


9. Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport

The 33rd busiest airport in the world, Josep Taradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport sees 467 daily flights scheduled. Situated in Barcelona, Spain, it has seen record passenger growth rates, from 11,727,814 passengers in 1995 to 50,172,457 in 2018. Its management prides itself on the success of its terminal T1. Built in 2009, it has already garnered the airport multiple awards including the coveted ACPETUR prize for the best contribution to quality in tourism.  


8. Istanbul Airport

Located in the Arnavutköy district on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul Airport is the 29th busiest airport in the world. A hub for travel between Europe, Asia, and Africa, it sees 481 flights scheduled every day. With a self-reported 243 shops, 309 destinations, and amenities such as baby care rooms, it has ample facilities to service the 33,543,606 that have passed through it between April and September of this year. 


7. Sheremetyevo International Airport

Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, Russia - airport code SVO - sees 483 flights scheduled every day. It is the 27th busiest airport in the world. Named after Alexander Pushkin, Sheremetyevo is equipped with a VIP Lounge, 75 eating locales, almost 50 stores, and the technology to allow customers to use e-boarding passes. Its five terminals are divided into two groups: North Sector Complex and South Sector Complex. 


6. Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport

The Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is located in Madrid, Spain. With 501 flight scheduled every day, it is the 22nd busiest airport in the world. It changed its name from Madrid-Barajas Airport to its current designation in 2014 in response to the death of a former Prime Minister. A hub for flights between Latin America and Europe, its facilities were used by 57mn passengers in 2017. 


5. Munich Airport

Munich Airport - airport code MUC - is the 19th busiest airport in the world, with 511 flights scheduled to pass through it every day. A popular airport for its design and operation, it offers multiple tours of its facilities, and is equipped with an observation deck that allows customers to view the airport apron. Its interactive exhibition and playground make it popular among families, and its visitors’ park is open year-round.


4. Heathrow Airport

The 13th busiest airport in the world, Heathrow Airport is located on the outskirts of London, England. With 616 flights scheduled every day, its four passenger terminals experience constant use. In terms of passenger traffic, it was reported by Thrillist that 80.1mn passengers using its facilities in 2018. It has almost 80 stores throughout the airport and organises fun events throughout the year.


3. Charles de Gaulle Airport

Based in Paris, France, Charles de Gaulle Airport - airport code CDG - is the 11th busiest air travel hub in the world.  It sees 623 flights scheduled daily. Among its services are luggage home delivery, luggage protection and advance tickets to events in Paris, all of which can be pre-purchased online. Based on passenger volume, Charles de Gaulle is the 10th busiest airport in the world, with 72.2mn passengers passing through its doors in 2018, according to Thrillist.


2. Frankfurt Airport

The 10th busiest airport in the world, Frankfurt Airport sees 625 flights pass through it every day. Located in Frankfurt, Germany, its website hosts an Oktoberfest-themed 2048 number game that puts up terminal shopping coupons as prizes. Throughout its terminals it provides leisure zones, with comfortable chairs, hardwood floors and multiple plug sockets. According to Thrillist, 69.5mn people used its facilities in 2018, making it the 14th busiest airport in the world by passenger volume. 


1. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Situated in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the 8th busiest airport in the world. It has 639 flights scheduled every day. Its services include free wi-fi, a baby care lounge, a financial centre, meeting rooms, showers and a hairdresser. Its shopping plaza provides customers with access to more than 20 bars and restaurants. According to Thrillist 71mn people travelled through it in 2018, making it the 11th busiest airport globally by passenger volume. 


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