a tract of land or water with facilities for the landing, takeoff, shelter, supply, and repair of aircraft, especially one used for receiving or discharging passengers and cargo at regularly scheduled times.
a porthole designed to be opened to the outside air.
Contemporary Examples

Kate changed in the airport, into a (windproof) pair of jeans and a cream sweater.
Gust of Wind Catches Kate’s Dress During Stop Over Down Under Tom Sykes September 18, 2012

William and Kate left the airport in his Range Rover after the flight, headed to their cottage in North Wales.
Prince William and Kate Middleton Take No-Frills Flight Tom Sykes April 2, 2012

In fact, experts in airport security have long worried about this weakness.
A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat Clive Irving December 26, 2014

They got into a car that was waiting for them nearby and were taken immediately to the airport.
Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin: An Excerpt From ‘Sylvia Rafael’ Ram Oren, 

Moti Kfir September 19, 2014

They made one last charge for the airport, and when the riot police blocked them again a melee ensued.
Mexican Protesters Look to Start a New Revolution Jason McGahan November 20, 2014

Historical Examples

He was rushing toward a brick building, at the furthest end of the airport!
Famous Flyers David Goodger (

Every airport in the land has been on the lookout for you all night.
Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930 Various

When they reached the airport, Jane went straight to the waiting room and sat down at a writing table.
Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines Ruthe S. Wheeler

Hart met me at the airport and greeted me like a long-lost brother.
Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930 Various

In a short while Bill had brought the plane down once more into the airport.
Famous Flyers David Goodger (

a landing and taking-off area for civil aircraft, usually with surfaced runways and aircraft maintenance and passenger facilities

1919, from air (n.1) + port (n.1). First reference is to Bader Field, outside Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., which opened in 1910.


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