10 Fascinating Facts About Airports
Posted On 04 Feb 2015
Tag: airport, international, travel, travel hacks, vacation
Traveling with kids can be hard. Help relieve the boredom by teaching your child more on airports, flights, and airplanes. Longest flights, lowest elevation, there is plenty of information you can learn to help keep your trip entertaining. Try one of these 10 quick and interesting facts about flying and showcase just how far flying has come since the Wright Brothers first flight.
- The world’s highest airport is the Daocheng Yading Airport located in Sangdui Township, China, or 14,471 feet above sea level.
- Amsterdam Airport Schipol is the world’s lowest airport, and is located in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands, which is 9.8 feet below sea level.
- The longest (distance) non-stop flight offered travels from Sydney, Australia to Dallas, Texas (USA). The flight lasts 15 hours and 35 minutes while you travel 8,574 miles.
- The longest flight based on airtime flies from Johannesburg, South Africa to Atlanta, GA which takes 17 hours.
- In Turkey, there is an airport named Batman Airport; while the official Australian airport in New South Wales, Australia is named Wagga Wagga Airport.
- To help combat superstitious flyers, most airlines have removed the number 13, 17, and 666 from gate numbers and flight numbers.
- According to a poll conducted by SleepingInAirports.Net, Pakistan’s Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport takes the prize for world’s worst airport. The poll results were based on how limited travelers were in terms of: comfort, conveniences, cleanliness, and customer service. World’s best airport not only went to Singapore Changi International Airport in Singapore for 2014, but has been for the last 18 years!
- The shortest commercial flight is 27 seconds. That’s shorter than the first recorded flight by the Wright Brothers which lasted 59 seconds!
- To help prevent all pilots from being effected by a food illness, many airlines require each of their pilots to eat a different meal.
- The Boeing 747 aircraft consists of six million different parts.