Fukuoka Airport (FUK;RJFF), perviously known as Itazuke Airbase, is the fourth largest airport in Japan with almost 21 Mio. passengers in 2016. Its one of the busiest single runway airports and due to this situation very interesting for plane spotters as you won’t miss a single plane. The airport is surrounded by the city of Hakata and and expansions is almost impossible.
Beijing Capital International Airport is currently the second busiest airport in the world (2013 statistics) and the busiest in Asia. It handled 83.7 million passengers in 2013 and traffic is split on three runways, of which the last was only recently opened in 2007. But even though even arrivals are often split on all three runways, you will catch lots of movements, due to the extremely high traffic. As the airport still experienced large growth over the last years it was decided that a new airport will be constructed in Beijing Daxing, which is currently scheduled to open in 2018,…
Our member Jan visited during his trip through Asia among other things Gimpo International Airport (formerly also called Kimpo), Seouls major international gateway until 2001 when it was replaced by the larger Incheon International Airport. Nowadays it is still quite active with almost 20 million passengers in 2013 and it is mostly used for domestic and regional flights.
Our member Jan visited Seoul Incheon in March 2014 and wrote a guide about it with a total of four spots. Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea and the main international gateway for its capital Seoul. In 2001 Incheon replaced the older Gimpo International Airport, which is now mostly used for domestic and regional flights. In 2013 Incheon handled almost 41.5 million passengers. It also became one of the largest cargo hubs in the world, ranking 4th in 2013. This of course is mainly due to the largo cargo operations of local carriers Korean Air and Asiana.
Besides Suvernabhumi, Bangkok’s Don Mueang Intl. Airport is an important gateway for Thailand’s capitol city. The airport has been closed closed in 2006 but has been reopened just one year later to handle the upcoming low cost traffic. Air Asia and Nok Air are the main carriers and due to its colorful liveries its always worth to make a stop at this place.
Time for a new guide? Our member Jan made a trip through Asia and put some spotting guides for you in his luggage. His first stop was at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport with 51.3 Mio passengers in 2013. The enormous variety from asian airlines makes this airport very special and he is surrounded with some very nice spotting location too.
Auckland is by far the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand catering for over 18 million passengers a year (2016). Located in Mangere on the edge of the Manukau Harbour more than half of the airport’s perimeter is only accessible by boat, making spotting at this airport rather difficult with only few good acessible locations. It is the main hub of Air New Zealand and Jetstar, who also base their NZ domestic operations from the airport. It has two separate terminals (the individual former Air New Zealand and Qantas domestic terminals having been linked together as one domestic terminal)…