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Whenever you catch a commercial flight to another country, it goes without saying you will land at an international airport. Why? Quite simply because the definition of an international airport lies in the fact that it offers flights to or from at least one foreign country. Contrary to preconceptions, the size of the airport facilities, the type of aircraft operated there, or the numbers of airlines present are not the defining criteria for an international airport.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) told us that in order to be defined as international, an airport must have customs and immigration services, as well as an emergency medical centre and a quarantine zone for animals and plants.

Around the globe, there are more than 1,300 international airports. In the USA, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the world’s busiest. Its seven terminals and five runways spread out over more than 4,700 acres (1,900 hectares). On the other hand, Luang Prabang International Airport in Laos is one of the smallest in the world, possessing only one runway. But that runway, measuring 7,220 ft (2,200m), serves Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam – easily brings it into this category.

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  • Vasi (guest)
    Posté the 01/22/2017 9:29 am

    International Airports Article 10 of the Chicago Convention requires States to designate airports for international use. This provision is given effect in Australian law by section 9 of the Air Navigation Act 1920 which enables the Minister to designate an airport as international, should it meet the criteria. Further information on the criteria and approval process for the designation of international airports can be found at the international airports page. The categories of airports are: Major International airports of entry and departure where all formalities incident to Customs, Immigration, Health and similar procedures are carried out, and which are open to scheduled and non-scheduled flights; Restricted Use International airports of entry and departure at which the formalities incident to Customs, Immigration, Health and similar procedures are made available on a restricted basis, to flights with prior approval only; Alternate International airports specified in the flight plan to which a flight may proceed when it becomes inadvisable to land at the airport of intended landing; International Non-Scheduled Flight airports at which approval may be granted, provided the prescribed prior notice is given, for international non-scheduled flights only; no other form of international operation is permitted; External Territory International airports of entry and departure for international air traffic located upon an Australian External Territory, where all formalities incident to Customs, Immigration, Health and similar procedures are available.

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