Travel hacks: 10 airports around the

Image copyright AFP Image caption Any airports where flying in is more difficult – or where travellers need special permission – are rarely listed While much of our transport depends on well-maintained roads and…

Travel hacks: 10 airports around the

Image copyright AFP Image caption Any airports where flying in is more difficult – or where travellers need special permission – are rarely listed

While much of our transport depends on well-maintained roads and railways, making international aviation more secure and efficient will take a different approach.

From oil to security and corruption, we’ve explored the risks in various airports around the world.

Many travellers tell us the high cost of their flights mean they would prefer to be able to bypass far-flung countries altogether.

But might the top 10 airports represent the true nature of the risk facing travellers – or are they simply the most difficult places to fly in?

1. Dubai

Why? Well, Dubai has several notorious airport delays:

1. Terminal 3 (b2) of Dubai International, now 20 years old, is one of the world’s most congested with 80.1 departures per hour.

It’s particularly bad in August, when 19.3 flights are scheduled to leave on average every minute.

Image copyright AFP Image caption A worker is seen at Dubai airport. Image caption Dubai International is one of the world’s busiest airports

2. Dubai airport is the world’s busiest single-runway airport for international travel, and it carries 68% of total international passenger traffic in and out of the UAE.

3. More than 12 million passengers are expected to use Dubai airport in 2018.

4. With easyJet, Etihad and Emirates all operating at the airport, it is the hub for a diverse mix of airlines.

5. There are two terminals at Dubai airport, allowing for a total of 51 million passengers to use the airport in 2018.

6. Dubai Airport Authority made headlines in 2009, after staff at Terminal 4 missed dozens of emergency slides due to human error.

7. The history of the airport traces its beginning back to 1962, when it was established as a stop-off point for oil tankers on their journey to Saudi Arabia.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Aviation journalist Graeme Leach said airport staffing at Dubai was “chaos”. Image caption Graeme Leach said air freight was more prevalent in the UAE than you might think

8. The desert climate makes Dubai a good location for air freight operations, which are far more common in the UAE than you might think.

9. Only seven runway lighting systems are used by the airport, while Dubai Airports has nearly 10,000 high voltage power substations, 28 substations capable of delivering 25,000 megawatts, and 11 transmission interchanges.

10. Dubai ranked sixth worldwide in the 2018 Governance and Transparency Index, which ranked the transparency of finance, civil society, and development with their use of technology and statistics.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Dubai’s air cargo operations dominate. Image caption Dubai’s International Airport has the widest number of routes operated by any airport in the world, including almost 75 services with other countries

11. Dubai International Airport is the largest single-terminal airport, second only to Hong Kong. It has 62 flight operations, 28 departure/referral areas, 12 cargo zones, 21 immigration zones, and 17 customer reservation areas.

12. In 2013, the airport made headlines as a result of a flood as a result of flooding of the Baggage Hall, made worse by the increased moisture levels in the air after wet weather.

Image copyright AFP Image caption The airport was struggling to cope with the number of employees flying home after the release of the film Gravity, starring George Clooney.

13. In 2013, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) selected Dubai Airport as the most customer-friendly airport in the world – partly due to the success of a redesigned baggage handling system.

14. Dubai’s International Airport has the widest number of routes operated by any airport in the world, with nearly 75 services with other countries.

15. Thousands of tickets are issued each year to people looking to fly to India or south Asia.

16. Dubai airport was criticised for its air traffic surveillance system in 2014, after a plane taking off from the airport was almost destroyed when a plane behind it collided with a TransAsia Airways plane while it was on a low-risk, descent approach.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Dubai International has the world’s widest number of take-off and landing areas. Image caption The layout of the airport is designed to reduce crowding

17. In 2016, all of Hong Kong’s 12 airports were hit by strong winds – leading to flight cancellations.

18. The airport handled over 275 million passengers in 2016, which means a large proportion of them were within two hours’ flight from their home country.

19. The world’s busiest airport is the government owned Hong Kong International, which handled 252 million passengers in 2016.

Image copyright AFP Image caption The airport was criticised for poor air traffic surveillance. Image caption Some airlines were hit hard by the stormy weather conditions

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