A new report by airline intelligence agency ch-aviation has indicated the scale of airliner groundings around the world by listing the airports with the most stored airliners.
Naturally those airports dedicated to airliner storage and recycling top the list, as they have been inundated by airline fleets being retired and temporarily mothballed awaiting a return of the aviation industry.
Airports in Spain, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Australia and France top the list. However, there are some surprising airports on the list that you might not have realised had so many stored airliners.
Which Dedicated Storage Airports Have the Most Stored Airliners?
These airports are in the business of airliner storage and recycling and, while they may have other activities on site, exist mostly for this purpose.
- Roswell International Air Center, NM – 813
- Victorville Southern California Logistics, CA – 585
- Marana Pinal Airpark, AZ – 462
- Kingman, AZ – 326
- Tucson International, AZ – 287
- Goodyear, AZ – 193
- San Bernardino, CA – 185
- Blytheville, AR – 174
- Alice Springs, Australia – 136
- Teruel, Spain – 133
- Lourdes/Tarbes, France – 120
- St Athan, UK – 76
- Ciudad Real, Spain – 74
- Mojave, CA – 57
- Kemble Cotswold, UK – 54
Which Regular Airports HAve the Most Stored Airliners?
These are regular commercial airports, with airline and other services. However, they are also being used for airliner storage on large scale. Mostly this is due to airlines parking fleets at their home bases, rather than moving to dedicated storage airports like in the list above.
- Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, Indonesia – 227
- Tehran Mehrabad, Iran – 184
- Kuala Lumpur International, Malaysia – 166
- Singapore Changi – 133
- Madrid Barajas, Spain – 132
- Caracas Simon Bolivar, Venezuela – 104
- Tulsa International, OK – 100
- Calgary International, Canada – 99
- Mexico City, Mexico – 97
- Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok – 96
- Birmingham Shuttlesworth, AL – 96
- Amman Queen Alia, Jordan – 93
- Bangkok Suvarnabhumi – 91
- Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey – 87
- Seoul Incheon, South Korea – 85
This is a really interesting overview of just how many aircraft are currenty stored or retired from the world’s airlines. It also shows how airports have had to adapt to find space for so many aircraft at one time.
Thanks to ch-aviation for producing this report.