31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

The air traffic control tower is the most important part of any airport, yet it's also the most unacknowledged. Fliers seldom stop to admire their ethereal beauty and futuristic silhouettes. We're missing out: These towers are fascinating architectural specimens.

Below, you'll find our tribute to the incredible architectural variety and delicate design of air traffic control towers all over the world. If your local tower is missing, drop it in the comments!


The Suvarnabhumi International Airport (aka New Bangkok International Airport of Thailand) has the world's tallest air traffic control tower, at 132.2m.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Ed Wray/AP


The world's 2nd tallest ATC tower can be found at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang, Malaysia.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Vincent Thian/AP


Hartsfield-Jackson airport, Atlanta — the world's third tallest ATC tower

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: David Goldman/AP


John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Manchester Airport, Manchester, England

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images


McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Images


The new tower at the McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Images


Los Angles International Airport (LAX), California.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: David McNew/Getty Images


Opa-locka Executive Airport, Florida.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Joe Raedle/Getty Images


Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images


Charles-de-Gaulle airport, Roissy, Paris, France.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images


Gatwick Airport, London, England.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images


Berlin Tegel Airport, Berlin, Germany.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images


O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Tim Boyle/Getty Images


Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg International Airport, Berlin, Germany.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images


Airport Madrid-Barajas, Madrid, Spain.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Fernando Camino/Cover/Getty Images


Brussels National Airport, Steenokkerzeel, Brussels, Belgium.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Mark Renders/Getty Images


Lester B. Pearson Airport, Toronto, Canada.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images


Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas, Texas.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Fox Photos/Getty Images


Liszt Ferenc Airport, Budapest, Hungary.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai, China

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, N.J.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Mel Evans/AP


Mascot Airport, Sydney, Australia.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: John Donegan/AP


World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Kamran Jebreili/AP


Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Peter Dejong/AP


Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Koji Sasahara/AP


Dulles International Airport, Washington, in 1976.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: AP


Edinburgh Airport, Scotland.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Herry Lawford


Farnborough Airport, England.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Steve Parker


Arlanda Airport, Sweden.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Carles Tomás Martí


Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.

31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

Picture: Kamran Jebreili/AP

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