Today there are several dozen airports in the world that are over a hundred years old, and you will never guess their age, they are so comfortable and modern. We are talking about five terminals that opened at the beginning of the last century, but are ready to receive you on any given day – all you need is to buy a ticket.
Hamburg International Airport (Helmut Schmidt Airport), Germany
Hamburg is the oldest airport in the world, still accepting commercial flights. It was opened in January 1911 and today is one of the five busiest airports in the region.
The center of Hamburg is only 8.5 kilometers away. That is why at the end of the 20th century they wanted to move it further north from the city, but quickly changed their mind and instead reconstructed it, built new administrative buildings and infrastructure.
There are two terminals and two runways at the airport. He can take any aircraft, even large ones, for example, the Airbus A380. Specializes in flights to Europe, especially to Scandinavian countries. Today, about 13 million passengers fly through Hamburg every year.
In 2016, the airport changed its name and now bears the name of Helmut Schmidt, the fifth German Chancellor.
Bucharest Baneasa International Airport named after Aurel Vlaicu, Romania
The airport is located in the Bananas district, 8.5 kilometers from Bucharest. Until 1968, it was the only airport in Romania, today it is the second busiest: the championship went to the Henri Coanda International Airport, where most international flights arrive. But if you fly low-cost, you will probably land here.
The first flights to Banyas took place in 1909, it was here that the French pilot Louis Bleriot flew here. In 1912, the first flight school in Romania earned here, and the same year is considered the year of discovery.
The modern airport building was built in the late 1940s and has been operating since 1952. It is considered one of the architectural landmarks of Bucharest. The building looks like a three-bladed propeller: three wings symmetrically extend from the central part.
It is worth noting that since 2012 the number of flights arriving in Baneas was sharply limited because the airport could not cope with the ever-increasing traffic. The fact is that the building cannot be rebuilt, and there is not enough space to build a new terminal. The project exists, but not yet approved. If the terminal is still built, the airport’s capacity will increase to 3 million passengers a year, but for now, these are only plans and talks.
Don Muang International Airport, Thailand
Opened March 27, 1914, on the basis of the Air Force of the country. Until 2006, when Suvarnabhumi earned, Don Muang was the country’s main airport. In 2012, it was reconstructed, and today the airport is used mainly for budget, charter and domestic flights. Capacity – more than 9 million passengers a year.
Don Muang is located north of Bangkok, about 30 kilometers from the center. The airport has two terminals for domestic and international flights. The second one was opened in December 2015, it is here that the checkout counters for the low-cost airlines and Air Asia are located.
The main terminal building is small, with a simple layout, but all the same, passengers will find everything they need here, from cafes to duty-free. Here is also the hotel Amari Don Muang Airport, where you can spend the night with a long dock.
Rome-Ciampino Airport (Giovanni Battista Pastine Airport), Italy
The oldest airport in Italy is named after the famous pilot of the First World War, but usually, it is called simply Ciampino, in the county where it is located. During World War II, the airport was seized by Allied forces and served as a transport hub for the delivery of cargo and military forces.
Today, Ciampino is mainly focused on domestic and charter flights – for international flights, in 1960, the Leonardo da Vinci Airport was opened in Fiumicino. In addition, low-cost airlines fly here, thanks to which Ciampino has become one of the busiest and fastest-growing airports in the country. Passenger traffic here is about 5 million people a year.
Ciampino is the home airport of Ryanair, it is from here that the airline flies to almost all the major cities of Italy and Europe. Wizzair is also based here, although it has only 6 flights from Ciampino.
Compared to Fiumicino, this airport seems very small. Terminal two: one departure-arrival, the second is used for private flights.
Schiphol, the Netherlands
The main airport of Amsterdam and the most important gateway to Europe, Schiphol, has its history since September 16, 1916, when a military airbase was located here. Civil aircraft began to fly to Schiphol in 1920 when it was also called Schiphol-Les-Bains. The name of the airport comes from the name of the fort Schiphol, which was in a place of the airport and was part of the defensive fortifications of Amsterdam.
There is only one terminal in Schiphol, but a huge one: it occupies 16th place in the list of the largest buildings in the world by area. The terminal territory is divided into three halls, which are connected by passages. The gates are located in special piers that go from each room.
The airport is considered one of the most modern and convenient in Europe. For passengers, there is everything: a recreation area with TVs, a library and a game room, numerous shops, cafes and restaurants, expositions (including from the Rijksmuseum museum). Since 2006, a registry office has been operating on the territory of Schiphol.
Out of rating: College Park Airport, Maryland, USA
This airport goes beyond our top five because today it is not used for civil flights. But not to mention the cradle of world aviation is impossible: “College Park” remembers the famous Wilbur Wright, who coached here the pilots of the US Army. This airport has many “first” achievements: an airplane took off from here, the first in the world to ascend to a height of more than 1 mile, a woman was taken on board here for the first time, and the first helicopter took off from College Park.
Today, here fly private flights on small planes. The runway at the airport is only 800 meters long. The building itself is also small: one terminal, ticket office, cafe, and help desk. About 100 aircraft are located on the take-off field – of course, we are not talking about big civilians.