Many years ago an airport seemed like a luxurious commodity; however today it is common place for thousands of people who travel on their daily basis. Even though there are more than 45 000 airports in the world, it still seems to not be enough. You might even ask: what’s next?
While searching for a practical solution to cut distance and time, there is a possibility to turn to the sea for answers. Although not new, the interesting concept of a Seadrome sounds unbelievable. For someone to understand the idea of the Seadrome, you have to understand that this idea was born in the last century and still has a potential. A seadrome is a large floating structure located many miles from a shore in a middle of the sea.
In the areas like San Diego, The Caribbean, London and many others the projects of floating airports are currently being developed. So far, cost still remains the main concern which stalls the whole process of construction, but there are already a lot of models to look into. Let’s discover some of them and try to imagine how it would feel like to land on a floating airport:
Innovative and magnificent London Britannia airport
It really is spectacular. Here’s the view from above:
Plans for a futuristic new floating airport have been designed by architectural firm Beckett Rankine, cost investors $ 40 billion.
Such fresh idea for an airport would allow for better connections to the rest of the United Kingdom’s transportation networks.
San Diego floating airport
The idea for San Diego’s Seadrome came from Adam Englund, and it’s definitely not just a floating airport! The structure would float on the surface of the ocean about 10 miles away from San Diego shore, and it would also come with a free space of 200 million square feet which is enough to have a city in itself.
Designed by the Florida-based Freedom Ship International, the floating city with its individual airport, is set to cost $10 billion and weigh 2.7 million tones carrying 50 000 permanent residents! The ship would spend the whole time at sea, circling the globe once every two years, powered by solar and wave energy. It should look like this:
The airport is on the roof:
The airport is on the If you would like to travel the world on a ship, “Freedom Ship, the world’s first floating city”, would be perfect for you.
The Kansai International airport, Japan
An idea of building such airports still remains futuristic. However, Japan Kansai International airport might set a pattern of the future floating airports. Built on a 2.5 mile-long artificial island, this airport cost $1 billion (£660 million) to build with a 3.75 kilometer bridge connecting it to mainland. It is designed with a large sea wall to protect it from waves and other natural occurrences – one of which included the 1995 Kobe earthquake. Services include: kids playground areas, refresh cabins, personal lounges, authentic Japanese restaurants, and even pet hotels. This airport is a great beginning for the development of Seadromes.
Many believe that the first floating airport will be built in the near future, and despite all of the struggles that are stopping the realization of the idea of Seadromes, it still looks and sounds magnificent, doesn’t it?