One might expect the largest airport in the world to be located in one of the world’s most visited cities.
If the tourists are coming, then the city could probably use a really big airport! I’m thinking of cities like Bangkok, Paris and New York City, just to name a few.
Surprisingly, the world’s largest airport is located 45 minutes away from Saudi Arabia’s sixth largest city, Dammam.
What I found most amazing is that King Fahd International Airport is bigger than Singapore! While Singapore is 277.6 square miles, King Fahd Airport is 193,000 acres or 301 square miles.
According to T+L, “most of the airport’s land sits unused and undeveloped. And worse, it’s located in the middle of nowhere—literally“.
If you’d like to fly into the airport from the United States you’d be out of luck since there are no direct flights there. There’s also pretty much nothing to do at the largest airport in the world. T+L does mention that pretty much the only concessions you’ll find inside are Cinnabon, Baskin Robbins and Papa John’s. Wow, talk about crappy meal options!
So why does King Fahd Airport need to have so much land set aside for it? I wish that I had an idea because it sounds pretty pointless to me.
Find out more about the largest airport in the world from T+L here.