Top 10: International Airports on Twitter

Almost 150 airports use the micro-blogging site to update passengers.


Top 10: International Airports on Twitter

AirGate Solutions has published the results of its latest survey on the use of social media in the aviation industry, listing the top 10 airports on twitter. According to the Canadian firm, almost 150 airports around the world are using the micro-blogging site to update their passengers with information such as real time flight information for arrivals and departures.

Robert Cook, managing director of AirGate Solutions and influential blogger with New York’s Forbes magazine, published the survey. “Since publishing a similar report last March, we have received much interest within the industry and there has been a 26 per cent increase in the number of airports adopting Twitter to talk to passengers. More and more organisations are beginning to realise the growing effectiveness of using Twitter and other social media tools to connect with their audiences,” he said.

The only Middle Eastern airports being ranked by AirGate Solutions are Abu Dhabi International Airport (ranked number 40 with 885 followers) and Bahrain International Airport (ranked number 67 with 575 followers). looks at the top 10 entries for airports with the most followers, which includes the likes of Los Angeles, London Gatwick, London City Airport, Boston, Manchester, London Heathrow, Orlando Airport and Akron-Canton.

10. Akron-Canton Regional Airport
Akron-Canton Airport is a commercial Class C airport located in the city of Green, in southern Summit County, Ohio, roughly 10 miles southeast of Akron, Ohio. The airport is jointly operated by Summit County and Stark County. The airport experienced its best year ever in 2008 when 1,469,196 customers traveled to and from CAK beating the old record set in 2006 by more than 30,000 people – a 2 percent increase. The record number is also a 5.6 percent increase from 2007 beating it by more than 77,000 customers.


{Survey: AirGate Solutions, Profile: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation}

9. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is located in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona and is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Arizona, followed by Tucson International Airport. On a daily basis the airport handles over 1,485 aircraft that arrive and depart, along with 108,887 passengers daily, and more than 600 tons of cargo handled.


8. Orlando International Airport
Orlando International Airport is a major international airport located six nautical miles (11 km) southeast of the central business district of Orlando. It is the second busiest airport in Florida, after Miami International Airport. In addition, it is the 13th busiest airport in the United States and the 27th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic. The airport serves as a hub for AirTran Airways and a focus city for Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Allegiant Air.


7. Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport, known as LAX, is the main gateway to Los Angeles, California. LAX is among the busiest airports in the world and a major transfer point for transpacific services. Hosting domestic regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 40 airlines, LAX is a major hub for airlines including Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, United Airlines, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines.


6. London Gatwick Airport
Formerly owned by BAA, London Gatwick Airport is operated by Gatwick Airport Ltd. Gatwick is wholly-owned by Ivy Bidco Limited (Ivy), a company formed to undertake the acquisition of Gatwick. Ivy is ultimately controlled by funds managed by Global Infrastructure Management, LLC, part of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). GIP, a USD5.6 billion independent investment fund, invests worldwide in infrastructure assets. It targets investments in air transport infrastructure, ports, freight rail, power and utilities, natural resources infrastructure, water distribution and treatment, and waste management.

London Gatwick is the second largest and second busiest airport in the United Kingdom. Hosting regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 30 airlines, London Gatwick is a hub for airlines including Aer Lingus, British Airways, easyJet, Flybe, Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways. London Gatwick is the busiest single-runway airport in the world.

5. London City Airport
London City Airport serves the City of London and is a major business aviation facility in London. London City serves mainly the financial district in London and is located on a former Docklands site three miles from Canary Wharf and six miles from the City of London. The only airport actually within London, London City is the fifth-largest airport serving the city and its operations are restricted to STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) aircraft. The airport serves over 30 business centres across Europe and North America.

4. Boston Logan International Airport
General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, known as Boston Logan International Airport is the gateway to Boston, Massachusetts and one of the busiest in the United States. Owned and operated by Massport, Boson Logan host domestic and international passenger and cargo services for over 40 airlines.

3. Richmond International Airport
Richmond International Airport is a joint civil-military public airport located in Sandston, Virginia, an unincorporated community within Henrico County which is about 5 miles (8 km) east of Richmond. Richmond International Airport is the busiest airport in central Virginia. The airport is located seven miles (11 km) southeast of Richmond, Virginia's capital.


2. Manchester Airport
Manchester Airport is the main international gateway to northern England, the UK's busiest charter airport, and the only English airport apart from London Heathrow with two operational runways. Hosting domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services, Manchester Airport is a hub for airlines including bmibaby, easyJet, Flybe, Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and


1. London Heathrow Airport
Owned and operated by BAA Ltd, London Heathrow Airport is the main gateway to the British capital, London. One of the largest and busiest airports in the world and hosting domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 50 airlines, Heathrow is a hub for airlines such as British Airways, BMI and Virgin Atlantic.


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