Here is a small multiple showing the 12 busiest airports by passenger traffic.
I am surprised at the remarkable variation in scale (Hong Kong??) for airports with relatively similar (and massive) passenger traffic. And of course I was not surprised to see the sprawling nature of Amsterdam airport, where Danielle and I ran for miles to just barely make our connection on the other side. I plopped down into my seat utterly relieved but 98% sure I was going to throw up. I didn’t, which was a relief.
I had the idea for this map some time ago, but dismissed it since I was sure a million people had already done it. Then the other day I decided to google around for one. And I just couldn’t find any. How could that be?? So I went ahead and made it. Then Wes Jones showed me a beautiful print shop called NOMO selling posters remarkably like this. Ah well. There is nothing new under the sun. But it was a fun map to make and I now know just enough about OSM feature extracting to be dangerous.
Here is a how-to, walking through the creation of this map, for the most nerdy among you.
Happy Small-Multiple Mapping! John
P.S. Here is an assortment of alternately-colored versions, for whatever it’s worth…