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Sydney flies into top 'social' airport list

Sydney airport has made it into the top 10 of a US-dominated list of "social" airports from around the world, according to Facebook research.
Written by Irene Mickaiel, Contributor on

Sydney airport has made it into the top 10 of a US-dominated list of "social" airports from around the world, according to Facebook research.

Facebook gathered the data for its top "social" airports list from people sharing their location via the social network's Places app and other third-party location services from August 2010 to November 2011.

Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport landed at number seven, showing that Sydneysiders like to tell their friends and family that they're about to go on a trip. Los Angeles' LAX airport is at the top of the list, and the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, came in at number two.

Facebook check-ins were found to be more popular during holiday seasons, and so it comes as no surprise that Christmas and the New Year are the most popular times to find people at an airport.

According to Facebook's research, "airport check-ins quietened down after Christmas on the 25th, but then saw an increase on December 29th through Dec 31st as people travelled to their New Year's Eve destinations".

However, here's a word to the wise: do not announce to the world that you're about to go on holiday; you never know who's watching.

According to the Herald Sun's interview with GIO spokesperson Duncan Bone, "We have seen cases where police suspect people announcing their location on social media might have played a part in a burglary."

The top 25 social airports, according to Facebook, are:

  1. Los Angeles International Airport
  2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  3. Chicago O'Hare International Airport
  4. San Francisco International Airport
  5. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  6. Denver International Airport
  7. Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport
  8. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  9. McCarran International Airport
  10. Suvarnabhumi International Airport
  11. Philadelphia International Airport
  12. Miami International Airport
  13. Boston Logan International Airport
  14. Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  15. John F. Kennedy International Airport
  16. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  17. San Diego International Airport
  18. Newark Liberty International Airport
  19. Washington Dulles International Airport
  20. Heathrow Airport
  21. Toronto Pearson International Airport
  22. Baltimore Washington International Airport
  23. Portland International Airport
  24. Fort Lauderdale — Hollywood International Airport
  25. Salt Lake City International Airport
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