Since we are travelling almost 29,000 miles (46,670 Kilometres) during the 5 weeks of our trip, I thought it would be an idea to familiarise yourself with the different Airports that we wlll get to see.
During some of the flights we are taking we might only be at the airport for an hour and a half but hey we still get to see it and that is not such a bad thing.
So here is the list of Airports we will touchdown and take off from:
- Sydney Kingsford Smith International
- Singapore Changi International Airport
- Zurich International Airport
- Skopje Airport – Macedonia
- Ohrid Aiport – Macedonia
- Athens International Airport
- Vienna International Airport
- Amsterdam International
- Charles De Gaulle Aiport France
- Frankfurt International Airport
- Rome Fiumicino Airport
- San Francisco International Airport
- Honolulu Airport
1. Sydney Kingsford Smith International
Sydney Airport is the world's oldest continually operated commercial airport, and the busiest commercial airport in Australia, handling in excess of 26 million passengers per year, which is expected to rise to over 68 million by 2020.
Situated next to Botany Bay, Kingsford Smith has three runways, colloquially known as the "East-West" and two "North-South" runways. In terms of land area, it is the smallest capital city airport in Australia.
2. Singapore Changi International Airport
Singapore Changi Airport, or simply Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) is a major aviation hub in Asia, particularly in the Southeast Asian region, and is the main stop-over point for the kangaroo route with over 3.6 million passengers per annum on the Singapore-Australia sector alone. Located in Changi on a 1,300-hectare (3,200-acre) site, the airport is about 20 kilometres (12 mi) east-northeast of the commercial center of Singapore. The airport is operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and is the home base of Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways and Valuair. It is a major hub for Emirates Airline, Garuda Indonesia, and Qantas. Collectively, the airlines account for about 4,054 weekly flights operated by 80 airlines to over 184 cities in 57 countries. An important contributor to the Singapore economy, it employs over 13,000 people and accounts for over S$4.5 billion in output.
In 2005, the airport handled a record of 32.43 million passengers, a 7% increase over the 2004 fiscal year. This made it the 26th busiest airport in the world and the sixth busiest in Asia by passenger traffic. In addition to being an important passenger traffic hub, the airport is one of the busiest cargo airports in the world, handling 1,854,610 tonnes of cargo in 2005. Incentives like the Air Hub Development Fund, first introduced in 2003, have proven effective in attracting airlines here. A new S$300 million fund to strengthen Changi's hub status will start in 2007 when the S$210 million fund expires in 2006. The new S$1.75 billion Terminal 3 is due to be opened in 2008, and Terminal 1 will be upgraded along the lines of the renovated Terminal 2, with the latter costing S$240 million. Changi has been courting both premium and budget travellers with the opening of a commercially important persons terminal by JetQuay, as well as a S$45 million Budget Terminal in 2006.
Since its opening in 1981, the airport has made its mark in the aviation industry as a benchmark for service excellence, winning over 250 awards up to 2006. This winning streak has continued unabated, including the Skytrax Best Airport of the year award in 2006, despite being substantially older than many of its regional rivals. Changi Airport's efforts to counter the onset of age includes periodic physical upgrades to its existing terminals, building of new facilities and raising the benchmark in service quality, a factor which cannot be bought or built overnight, and where it continues to excel over its rivals.
Zurich International Airport
Zürich Airport (IATA: ZRH, ICAO: LSZH) also called Kloten Airport, is located in Kloten, canton of Zürich, Switzerland and managed by Unique Airport. It is Switzerland's largest international flight gateway and hub to Swiss International Air Lines (soon to be a Lufthansa hub). Skyguide is responsible for all Air Traffic Control for Zürich Intl.
In 2003, Zürich International completed a major expansion project in which it built a new parking garage, a new midfield terminal, and an automated underground train to move passengers between the existing terminal complex and the new terminal.
Zürich International lost traffic when Swissair shut down its operations. When Lufthansa swallowed its successor Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), traffic grew again.
Zürich airport railway station (Zürich Flughafen) is located underneath the terminal. There are trains to many parts of Switzerland; frequent S-Bahn services, plus direct Inter-regio and intercity services to Winterthur, Bern, Basel and Lucerne(Luzern). By changing trains at Zürich HB (Zürich main station) most other places in Switzerland can be reached in a few hours.
4. Skopje Airport – Macedonia
5. Ohrid Aiport – Macedonia
6. Athens International Airport
7. Vienna International Airport
8. Amsterdam International
9. Charles De Gaulle Aiport France
10. Frankfurt International Airport
11. Rome Fiumicino Airport
12. San Francisco International Airport
13. Honolulu Airport