The most busy airports in Europe

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Here you have the most busy airports in Europe

They are defined by the number of aircraft and passengers they handle.

1- United Kingdom
2- Germany
3- France
4- Netherland
5- Denmark
6- Italy
7- Spain

United Kingdom

London Heathrow (LHR)

welcome to Heathrow sign London Heathrow airport LHR United Kingdom

Heathrow is the UK’s largest airport and one of Europe’s leading airline hubs. In 2019 it recorded its ninth consecutive year of growth. Its terminals handled 80.9 million passengers, making Heathrow the number one airport in Europe and the seventh in the world in terms of traffic and passenger numbers.

London Gatwick (LGW)

A warm welcome Gatwick sign London Gatwick airport LGW United Kingdom

London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is the most efficient single-runway airport in the world, serving 200 destinations in 90 countries for 35 million users a year.

LGW is located 45 km (28 miles) south of London. Gatwick Airport has two terminals, North and South, both with a full selection of shops, currency exchange offices, help desks and left-luggage facilities.

Manchester (MAN)

Front view Manchester Airport MAN Terminal 2 Departures United Kingdom

On 25 June 1938, Manchester had a new airport, initially named Ringway Airport, located 17 kilometres (about 10 miles) southwest of the city of Manchester and close to Greater Manchester in the United Kingdom. During World War II it was called Ringway RAF, and from 1975 to 1986 the name was changed to its current name.

It is considered to be one of the most important airports in the UK. It is one of the busiest airports in the country, as evidenced by the figures for 2008, when nearly 21 million passengers passed through its facilities. It serves the whole of Greater Manchester, as well as the whole of Europe, including North America, the Middle East and North Africa.

London Stansted (STN)

welcome to Stansted airport sign London Stansted airport STN United Kingdom

London Stansted Airport (STN) is the third busiest airport in the UK and one of the fastest growing airports in Europe.

Stansted Airport is located 64 km (40 miles) north-east of London. It is the base for many of the UK’s low-cost airlines, serving mainly European and Mediterranean destinations.

London Luton (LTN)

London Luton airport sign LTN United Kingdom

Luton-London Airport (LTN) is one of the largest airports in the UK, handling 9.7 million passengers. The airport is the main base for low-cost airlines and those offering minimal in-flight service, and is located 56 km (35 miles) north-west of central London.

In Luton Airport’s arrivals hall there are shops, bars, restaurants, a currency exchange office and a tourist office where you can hire a car or book bus and coach tickets.


Frankfurt (FRA)

Main entrance to Frankfurt airport with illuminated lettering FRA Germany

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is the busiest airport in Germany and the third busiest in Europe.

It is located about 13 km southwest of the city centre. It serves as a hub for Condor, Lufthansa and Lufthansa CityLine.

It has four runways and three passenger terminals with a total of 145 gates.

These terminals include the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, where passengers are driven to the aircraft in a Mercedes Benz S Class, Mercedes Benz Viano or Porsche Panamera.

Airport facilities include leisure areas, smoking lounges, restrooms with showers, a visitors’ terrace, free WIFI, a conference centre, a business centre, famarcies, oratories and playgrounds.

Munich (MUC)

panoramic view inside Munich Airport MUC Germany

Munich Airport (MUC) serves the capital of Bavaria and is the second busiest airport in Germany and the seventh busiest in Europe.

It serves as a hub for Air Dolomiti, Condor, Lufthansa and Lufthansa CityLine and as a focus city for Air Berlin and TUIfly.

Munich Airport connects Munich with various points in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, North America and South America.

Airport services include restaurants, shops, luggage storage, ATMs, currency exchange, free WIFI, internet kiosks and lounges.

Berlin Brandenburg (BER)

Main entrance to Berlin Brandenburg lettering BER Germany

Located 40 kilometres south of Berlin, Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER) was opened in 2020 to replace the city’s old airports and become the new gateway to Berlin.

Brandenburg Airport was designed to make up for the shortcomings of Tegel and Tempelhof airports, two airports that had become outdated and could not be expanded due to their central location.

After nine years of delay and a huge controversy over the doubling of the initial construction budget, Brandenburg Airport was inaugurated in October 2020 to become the imposing new gateway to Berlin.

The new airport is more than the size of 2,000 football pitches and is divided into three terminals packed with shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. Terminals 1 and 2 are linked together, while Terminal 5 occupies the site of the former Schönefeld Airport.

Düsseldorf (DUS)

Main entrance to Berlin Dusseldorf airport lettering DUS Germany

Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which serves the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is the third busiest airport in the country.

It serves as a hub for Air Berlin, Eurowings and Germanwings, and is a focus city for Condor, Germania and TUIfly.

It offers non-stop flights to both domestic destinations and cities throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and North America.

Located about six kilometres north of the city centre, Düsseldorf Airport has two runways and three interconnected passenger terminals with a total of 35 gates.

The airport is served by local, regional and long-distance trains, as well as buses, taxis and rental cars.


Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

Panoramic view hall Terminal Paris Charles de Gaulle CDG France

Charles de Gaulle (CDG) is the most important airport in Paris and the second largest in Europe by number of passengers (the first is Heathrow in London).

More than 76 million passengers pass through its terminals each year. It is also known as Roissy Airport.

Charles de Gaulle Airport is quite large and has 3 terminals.

The second of these has different concourses connected to each other. There is a free shuttle bus to move between the different terminals.

Paris Orly (ORY)

Main entrance to Paris Orly airport lettering ORY France

Paris-Orly Airport (ORY), one of the two main airports serving Paris, is France’s busiest airport in terms of domestic traffic and the country’s second busiest airport overall, after Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

Paris-Orly has two terminals: Terminal Sud and Terminal Ouest, and three runways.

In total, some 35 airlines fly from Paris-Orly to more than 145 destinations in France, the rest of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America and the Caribbean.

Air France (which uses the airport as a hub), EasyJet and Vueling have the largest market shares at Paris-Orly. Aigle Azur and Transavia France also have hubs at Paris-Orly.

The airport is located about 13 km south of Paris.

Nice (NCE)

Main entrance to Nice airport NCE France

France’s third busiest airport, Nice Côte d’Azur (NCE) serves both south-eastern France and the Principality of Monaco.

It has two runways and two passenger terminals:

Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, which have 25 and 29 gates respectively.

In total, more than 50 airlines operate at the airport, flying non-stop to destinations within France, across Europe, and in Africa, North America and the Middle East.

Ground transportation options include trains, buses, shuttles, taxis and motorbikes, as well as helicopter transfers.


Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Front view Amsterdam Airport Schiphol AMS Netherlands

The fifth busiest airport in Europe, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) is the main international airport in the Netherlands.

The airport is located 9.6 km southwest of the city.

More than 105 commercial airlines fly to and from Schiphol, including Arke, Corendon Dutch Airlines, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, KLM, KLM Cityhopper, Transavia and Vueling, all of which have designated the airport as a hub.

Passengers can fly non-stop between AMS and some 300 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America, the Caribbean and South America.

Schiphol’s passenger facilities include shops, restaurants and bars, ATMs and currency exchange, meeting rooms, free WIFI internet access, a library, hotels, massage chairs and spas.


Copenhagen Airport (CPH)

Panoramic view tarmac Copenhagen Airport CPH Denmark

The busiest airport among all the Nordic countries is Copenhagen Airport (CPH).

Located eight kilometres south of the city centre, the airport serves as a hub for Air Greenland, Cimber, Danish Air Transport, Jet Time, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and TUIfly Nordic.

In total, some 60 commercial airlines fly between Copenhagen Airport and destinations throughout Europe, Africa, North America, the Middle East and Asia.

Ground transportation at Copenhagen Airport includes taxis, city buses, trains to points in Denmark and Sweden, the Copenhagen Metro and rental cars.

The airport has several car parks offering short-term, long-term and economy parking.


Roma-Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci (FCO)

Main entrance to Roma Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci FCO Italy

Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) is Italy’s busiest airport.

The airport, located some 43.5 kilometres southwest of Rome, is a hub for Alitalia and Vueling, as well as a hub for Alitalia CityLiner, Blue Panorama Airlines, EasyJet, Mistral Air, Neos and Ryanair.

A total of more than 90 airlines operate direct scheduled flights to destinations in Italy and the rest of Europe, as well as Africa, the Middle East, Asia, North America and South America.

FCO’s passenger services include bars, restaurants, shops, pharmacies, ATMs, currency exchange, left-luggage office, business centre and wifi.

Milan-Malpensa (MXP)

Panoramic view at night main terminal Milan Malpensa MXP Italy

Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP) is the second busiest airport in Italy.

The airport is located about 40 kilometres northwest of the city centre and serves as a hub city for Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines, EasyJet, Meridiana and Neos Air. Other major airlines operating at MXP include Air Canada, Air India, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines and United Airlines.

It offers non-stop flights to various points in Europe, as well as destinations in Africa, the Middle East, North America and South America.

Malpensa airport has two runways and two passenger terminals. Ground transportation includes taxis, trains, buses and rental cars.


Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas (MAD)

front view at night Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas airport MAD Spain

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) is the busiest airport in Spain and the sixth busiest in Europe. It serves as a hub for Air Europa and Iberia, as well as a focus city for Iberia Express, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair and Vueling.

Non-stop flights are available to destinations within Spain and to other parts of Europe and points in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, North America and South America.

Passenger services and facilities at Madrid-Barajas Airport include restaurants, shops, WIFI internet, internet kiosks, ATMs and currency exchange, medical services, chapels and lounges.

Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas (BCN)

Panoramic view tarmac Barcelona El Prat Josep Tarradellas BCN Spain

Located some 12.8 km southwest of the city centre, Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) is the second busiest airport in Spain and the tenth busiest in Europe.

Iberia Regional and Vueling have designated the airport as a hub and Air Europa, Iberia, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Ryanair have designated it as a focus city.

BCN has three runways and two passenger terminals.

Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, which consists of three interconnected sections (Terminal 2A, Terminal 2B and Terminal 2C).

Non-stop flights are available to points within Spain and throughout Europe, as well as to destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, North America and South America.

Palma De Mallorca (PMI)

Terminal Palma De Mallorca airport PMI Balearic Island Spain

The airport has been designated as a hub by Air Berlin, Air Europa, Ryanair and Vueling. In total, around 70 airlines fly to the airport, including British Airways, Iberia, easyJet, Germanwings, Lufthansa and Norwegian Air Shuttle.

Palma de Mallorca Airport consists of two runways and a passenger terminal with four modules (Module A, Module B, Module C and Module D) and a total of 78 boarding gates.

Ground transportation options include local buses, taxis and rental cars.

Málaga Costa Del Sol (AGP)

Front view of Malaga Costa del Sol Airport AGP Departure terminal at night in Spain

Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport is also popularly known as Pablo Picasso Airport.

It is located in the district of Churriana, municipality of Malaga, 7 kilometres southwest of Malaga city centre and is the most important airport in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, occupying the fourth place among Spanish airports and the twenty-second within the European Union.

It is also considered to be the main gateway for tourism to and from the famous and touristic Costa del Sol and the rest of Andalusia.

Malaga airport serves terminals T1, T2, T3, the General Aviation terminal and the Cargo terminal.

Passenger services and facilities at Malaga Costa del Sol Airport include restaurants, shops, WIFI internet, currency exchange and transfers services.

History of Malaga Airport Costal del Sol AGP

Front view of Malaga Costa del Sol Airport AGP Departure terminal at night in Spain

Malaga Airport, the oldest airport in Spain and one of the pioneers in Europe, has a rich history full of interesting events that have made it a key point in air transport. Throughout this article, we will explore its evolution from its beginnings to become the Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport we know today.

- Beginnings
- Transition
- Names
- Terminals
- Destionations
- Transfer Services


Malaga Airport has the honour of being the oldest airport in Spain, and since its opening in 1919, it has been operating continuously.

In its early years, it played a crucial role in the history of aviation by being part of the first commercial line connecting France with its colonies, passing through Malaga.

This historic milestone paved the way for its growth and development in the following decades.

Front view Malaga Airport Costa del Sol AGP Terminal 3 building in Spain


During the Spanish Civil War, the airport played a strategic role as a military air base.

This period in its history not only marked its importance in the military sphere, but also its capacity to adapt in times of conflict.


Malaga Airport IATA code AGP, bears no relation to the name of the city.

The International Air Transport Association code MAG was already being used by Madang, Papua New Guinea. so it was decided to use the IATA code AGP.

In addition, it is important to note that since 2011, it is officially called “Málaga – Costa del Sol Airport,” instead of the commonly associated name, “Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport.” This modification in its naming is a noteworthy fact in its recent history.

Aerial view of Malaga Airport Costa del Sol AGP tarmac at night in Spain


The airport has adapted over time and now has four terminals that meet a variety of needs.

Terminal 1

It focuses mainly on domestic and regional flights.

Terminal 2

Opened in 1991, it is named after the famous painter from Malaga, Pablo Ruiz Picasso.

Terminal 3

The most modern and spacious, it opened its doors in 2010, with an impressive capacity for 30 million passengers a year.

Terminal 4

Finally, the general aviation terminal is dedicated to private and executive flights.

Each of these terminals has its own distinctive design and décor, adding a unique touch to the passenger experience.


Malaga Airport has become the main airport in Andalusia and ranks fourth in Spain in terms of passenger traffic.

More than sixty airlines operate from its facilities, offering connections to more than one hundred cities in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America.

Countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Scandinavian countries have a high demand for flights from this airport, which underlines its importance on the international scene.

In conclusion, Malaga Airport is not only a departure point for travellers looking to explore the world, but also a historical monument that has evolved over the years, adapting to the changing needs of aviation and tourism.

Its history makes it a place of interest to both aviation enthusiasts and travellers who pass through its terminals every day.

Side view Malaga Airport Costa del Sol AGP Arrivals Terminal in Spain

Transfer Services

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Transfers services with luxury vehicles with chauffeur at taxi prices.

For people travelling alone, couples, families and friends, corporates and sports teams.

We have vehicles for all capacities to go to the airport or to pick you up from the airport.

Our services include Meet & Greet, delivery and the trip.

The Meet & Greet consists of meeting the client or clients at the Malaga airport arrivals terminal or the pickup point to go to the airport to have a warm and friendly welcome, to take your luggage and ensure you will have a relaxing, safe and smooth transfer with private chauffeur, guaranteeing that you will arrive on time at your destination without delays.