In one’s mind, the thoughts of luxury tours and travel constitute of a simple few things: Lavish suites of a luxury in a hotel in an expensive part of the world. But when their flight land in those expensive, exotic locations, and they reach the spectacularly designed international airports, has anyone ever considered how much money was spent in constructing those airports, to ensure your luxury tours begin the moment you land?
Well, if you have not, then you must. For constructing some of the world’s most famous international airports, over billions and billions of dollars were spent. This is way more than what one would generally spent on his/her family luxury traveling.
Given below is a list of the top 10 expensive airports in the world. If you are lucky enough to land on any one of them, make sure you click pictures to show off among your friends, family and work colleagues. All these destinations are very famous among tourists.
• Kansai International Airport, Japan – $20 billion
One must have heard about the famous international airport in Osaka, Japan- The Kansai airport. One must have seen the airport for real or in movies, pictures or internet. But there is no doubt that everyone will be shocked if I tell them that a total net worth of $20 billion was spent in its construction. The airport is constructed on an artificial island that stretches for approximately 2.5 miles. It is surrounded by vast sea walls so that no damage occurs from the high waves or any other natural calamities which are a common occurring in the country. The miraculous designing prevented the airport from any major damages during the disastrous 1995 Kobe earthquake. The bridge on which people walk to reach the island is literally a $1 billion bridge. Another terminal is being planned to be constructed here for Jetstar flights which will take the total cost of construction to more than 20$ billion!
Hong Kong International Airport – $20 billion
Hong Kong International Airport, which was recently launched in the year 1998, was constructed on an estimated budget of $20 billion dollar. The international airport took 6 years to be finally constructed. The airport is also built on a vast expanse of an artificial island. During the construction, it was decided to level Chek Lap Kok which is located on Western shores of the country so that the airport can be built with a stronger support base. Numerous tiny islands were also removed to reconstruct the new land which led to a dramatic increase in the cost of construction.
Al Maktoum International Airport – $12 billion
The most recently launched Al Maktoum International Airport, just at a distance of about twenty miles from Dubai, in the small district of Jebel Ali, is still under construction. The airport is estimated to be finished with its construction by the end of year 2027 and the estimated cost is $12 billion. The area of this airport is currently being expanded to include three more passenger terminals and a total of five runways each covering an area of 16100 feet. Every runaway is being designed to contain a parking space for 100000 people.
London Heathrow Airport – $10.5 billion
London Heathrow Airport is the largest functioning airport not only in London, but in fact in most of the world. The total amount of money that was spent in its construction is estimated to be round about $10.5 billion. It is perhaps one of the oldest airports in the world, started in the year 1929. Terminal 5 is the most expensive section of this airport which became functional since the year 2008. In addition, $1.6 billion will be spent in the next 10 years for the upgrading of Terminal 3. The hotel rakes in round about $16 billion every year.
Beijing Capital International Airport – $8 billion
The international airport in the capital city of china, Beijing was constructed at a budget of $8 billion. The most expensive section of Beijing Capital International Airport is the 3.2 million sq ft Terminal 3 in this airport. This lavish terminal houses at least 70 restaurants plus baggage area that is known to carry approximately 19,000 baggages in an hour. A total of 80 million people come to this airport every year.
Dubai International Airport – $6 billion
When talking about the most expensive airports in the world, Dubai International Airport comes at no. 5th spot. With newest developments in the airport including the construction of new terminals, the total estimated money that is spent in building this airport is $6 billion. These new terminals are designed spaciously to accommodate larger planes and hence cost a fortune of round about $4.5 billion. Over 45 million passengers visit this international airport. It has one of the largest baggage handling system as well which can carry over 8,000 pieces in one hour.
Berlin Brandenburg Airport – $5.5 billion
One of the largest airports in Berlin Germany, Brandbenburg Airport is constructed at a cost of $5.5 billion to replace the famous Berlin’s Tegel Airport by the year 2015. The airport will take in most of the traffic of Tegel’ Airport. Also, the area around this airport will constitute of a lavish business park, easy rail access and gate from where Airbus A380 can enter. Airbus A380 is one of the most expensive air-vehicles costing around $400 million and can carry over 500 passengers.
Denver International Airport – $4.8 billion
When Denver International Airport was being constructed, its cost was estimated to be around $2.5 billion. When its construction was completed in the year 1995, the total money spent was $4.8 billion, over two billion more than what was originally planned! This lavish airport consists of six runways covering a total land area of 35000 acres. Some additional features are being planned in the Jeppsen terminal including a $500 million extension which will house a business center, rail link and a hotel.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport – $3.5 billion
Kuala Lumpur International Airport which stretches for over 25000 acres took at least 5 years to be completely constructed before it was finally opened for public in the year 1998. The total amount of money that was spent in the construction of this airport is a whopping $3.5 billion. This is one of those international airports which have special segregated terminals for standard and low-cost air travel. The airport also features a driverless train system, named as Aerotrain, which carries over three thousand people in one hour and is the primary transportation facility for people who wish to move around any part of the large airport.
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport – $3.2 billion
Dallas Airport is built at a total cost of $1.9 billion back in 1940, but recently it is going under a major terminal re-construction project that will cost a round about $2.3 billion. Because of this reason, this international airport in United States of America has been included in this list. The project will be completed by the year 2017. The hotel receives over 55 million passengers per year giving it an estimated annual economic impact of $16.8 billion.
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