This week’s airport events: some want to be small, some big

This week we published our 35th airport review. And it wasn’t just a review about some large, well known airport – no – we wrote about one of the more exotic airports in the world: Papua New Guinea’s Port Moresby airport. It’s our first review of an airport in Oceania outside Australia and while Port Moresby’s airport doesn’t have many shops or other “ready made, time consuming attractions”, we nevertheless provided a list of interesting things to do when your flight is delayed or you simply have ample time. Check it out here.

Another very special airport that we’d love to review one day has opened its operations this week: Knuffingen Airport. The airport does not have a IATA code and you will never be taking a plane from there. That’s because the airport is a miniature airport and part of the world’s largest miniature train display, located in Hamburg, Germany. According to the operator’s website the airport covers  an area of 150m²,with almost 40 different aircraft taking off and landing, up to 360 times, daily. More than 150.000 working hours, and round-about 3.5 million Euros have been invested in this spectacular project. CNN published a video and some photos of the airport through their press coverage.

Other airport news this week came from a number of angles. First, in the wake of Osama Bin Laden’s death security was tightened across US airports as reported by the New York Times. Then Reuters reported that a policy change in Brazil might threaten the development of the local airports in time to cope for the passenger surge expected around the 2014 soccer world cup. Later in the week USA Today wrote that Dubai (IATA: DXB) aims to become the world’s top airport for international passengers. According to the article, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said he expects it to push London Heathrow from the No. 1 spot within four to five years. And to finish the week off, the odd news of the week came from the Guardian which reported that a missing Nepalese choir was an found after airport mix-up. The disappearance of a male choir after landing at Heathrow (IATA: LHR) had prompted an immigration inquiry and headlines around the world. Apparently the singers had taken a wrong turn out of the airport.

Have a great week everyone and save travels!

[Picture from Miniatur Wunderland]