Different types of airports

There are several types of airports depending on where you are located, the aircraft type, the service you perform, and the service you provide. That is why we will explain all the types of airports you can find worldwide and why it is so important to have an airport consultant to advise those responsible and achieve a more efficient management that favours workers and passengers.

Types of airports

Although in principle, it appears that all airports are the same, this is not the case The differences are noticeable in terms of facilities, how passengers are served, the type of flight and a long etcetera. If we talk about flights, there are several types, such as domestic, international, domestic flights, military, freight transport, etc.

Let’s see the different types of airports that we can see around the world:

1- Commercial services airports

These are airports that most people know, such as JFK in New York, Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Heathrow in London, or Denver International Airport, among several others, are some examples, also included are airports that do not provide commercial services to the public.

At its facilities, flights arrive or depart anywhere in the world 24 hours a day. In addition, they also carry out numerous connecting flights to any destination. They usually have traffic of more than 10 million passengers per year, and in the largest cities, they can exceed 75 million, such as Atlanta airport in the USA.

2- Secondary commercial airports

These airports are located in smaller cities and, therefore, smaller than those in major cities. Secondary commercial airports provide essential services in small cities but with a significant flow of travellers. They also serve to ease the flow of flights from the main airports.

3. Loading airports

These airports are located in strategic areas in the industrial or economic field and are the point of arrival or departure of goods to be transported by air. According to the FAA, the landed weight is the weight of an aircraft that carries only cargo in interstate, intrastate and foreign air transportation. In this case, there are overlapping functions since many primary or secondary commercial airports are also cargo airports.

4. Relay airports

This type of airport also belongs to freight airports, as they are used to reduce traffic at the busiest freight airports. Unlike other airports, they can be public or private. The latter can benefit from diverting flights from larger public airports.

5. General Aviation Airports

General aviation is a category of civil aviation and refers to all flights unrelated to regular or non-regular commercial aviation. Flights from this airport can be ultralight, gliders, paramotors or freighters of the non-regular itinerary. Therefore, most flights worldwide are offered at this type of airport. Among the airport’s services is access to remote areas, private flights and serving tourist destinations.

5.1. Domestic airports

It is the first category of general aviation airports. Its function is to provide a transport service across national and international borders. They are beneficial in small areas, islands, or remote places where no large commercial airports exist.

5.2. Regional airports

It is the second category of general aviation airports. Its role is to manage regional interstate commerce and provide greater freedom to companies to ship their products without having to pass through larger commercial airports.

5.3. Local airports

It is the third type within general aviation airports. Their function is to manage intra-state trade and they are especially useful for freeing domestic, regional, and commercial airports. Their effectiveness is proven as long as they are adequately managed.

5.4. Basic airports

The fourth and last type of general aviation airport connects communities with the national airport system. Its services include aircraft maintenance for emergency services, VIP charter flights, and some cargo flights, along with flight training schools and personal flights.

6. Unclassified Airports

This category is not well defined by institutions. Its main advantage is that it provides access to the entire aviation system. Any airport that does not fit into any of the above categories will automatically be designated as an unclassified airport, although this is not the norm. There are few exceptions to the typology described above.

At Airport Gurus, we help you manage any type of airport more efficiently with agile and proven technological solutions.

Airport Gurus has developed projects at airports on all continents:


 –USA: Denver International Airport.

-Latin America: Tocumen International Airport (Panama), Mexico City International Airport (Mexico), Balmaceda Airport (Chile), Lima Airport (Peru), Palmerola International Airport (Honduras).

-Middle East and Africa.

Bugesera International Airport (Rwanda), M’Banza Congo Airport (Angola), Kuwait International Airport (Kuwait), Amaala International Airport (Saudi Arabia), King Khalid International Airport (Saudi Arabia), Muscat International Airport (Oman), Salalah International Airport (Oman), Duqm Airport (Oman).


Dhoho Airport (Kediri), Dollyar Air Base (Azerbaijan).


Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (France), Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (France), Glasgow Airport (UK), Brașov-Ghimbav International Airport (Romania).

Contact us should you have any queries.

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