List of the busiest airports in the United States

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These are lists of the busiest airports in the United States.

Busiest US airports by total passenger boardings[edit]

The FAA uses passenger boarding for a full calendar year to determine AIP entitlements. The term hub is used by the FAA to identify very busy commercial service airports. For instance, large hubs are those airports that each account for at least one percent of total U.S. passenger enplanements. Medium hubs are defined as airports that each account for between 0.25 percent and one percent of the total passenger enplanements.

In Calendar year 2013 (preliminary FAA data) there were 30 Large Hubs and 33 Medium Hubs.

Rank
(2013 (preliminary data))
Airports (large hubs) IATA
Code
Major City Served State 2013[1] 2012[2] 2011[3] 2010[4] 2009[5] 2008[5] 2007[6] 2006[7] 2005[8]
1 Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport ATL Atlanta GA 45,308,685 45,798,809 44,414,121 43,130,585 42,280,868 43,236,665 43,236,665 41,352,038 42,402,653
2 Los Angeles International Airport LAX Los Angeles CA 32,427,115 31,326,268 30,528,737 28,857,755 27,439,897 28,861,477 30,113,985 29,357,327 29,372,272
3 O'Hare International Airport ORD Chicago IL 32,278,906 32,171,743 31,892,301 32,171,831 31,135,732 33,683,991 36,521,585 36,825,097 36,720,005
4 Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport DFW Dallas/Fort Worth TX 29,018,883 28,022,877 27,518,358 27,100,656 26,663,984 27,219,985 28,482,417 28,627,749 28,079,147
5 Denver International Airport DEN Denver CO 25,497,348 25,799,832 25,667,499 25,241,962 24,013,669 24,287,939 20,796,173 20,591,909 20,315,544
6 John F. Kennedy International Airport JFK New York NY 25,036,855 24,520,943 23,664,830 22,934,047 22,710,272 23,620,948 23,401,351 21,071,501 20,260,359
7 San Francisco International Airport SFO San Francisco CA 21,706,567 21,284,224 20,038,679 19,359,003 18,467,908 18,135,827 17,280,328 16,236,592 16,070,133
8 Charlotte/Douglas International Airport CLT Charlotte NC 21,347,428 20,032,426 19,022,535 18,629,181 18,165,476 19,291,428 16,884,780 14,949,568 14,109,608
9 McCarran International Airport LAS Las Vegas NV 19,923,594 19,941,173 19,854,759 18,996,738 19,445,952 21,024,443 22,537,950 22,028,521 21,402,676
10 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport PHX Phoenix AZ 19,525,829 19,556,189 19,750,306 18,907,171 18,559,647 19,450,576 20,767,144 20,479,291 19,032,196
11 Miami International Airport MIA Miami FL 19,422,275 18,987,488 18,342,158 17,017,654 16,187,768 16,377,488 16,194,162 15,664,791 15,092,763
12 George Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH Houston TX 18,953,519 19,038,958 19,306,660 19,528,631 19,290,239 20,030,898 24,117,623 22,822,111 20,799,886
13 Newark Liberty International Airport EWR Newark/New York City NJ 17,514,139 17,035,098 16,814,092 16,571,754 16,659,441 17,599,578 18,163,652 17,804,107 16,444,959
14 Orlando International Airport MCO Orlando FL 16,885,160 17,159,425 17,250,415 17,017,491 16,371,016 17,288,480 17,614,679 16,807,856 16,592,133
15 Seattle-Tacoma International Airport SEA Seattle WA 16,690,295 16,121,123 15,971,676 15,406,243 15,273,092 15,839,504 15,419,116 14,703,928 14,359,530
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport/Wold-Chamberlain Airport MSP Minneapolis/St. Paul MN 16,282,038 15,943,751 15,895,653 15,512,487 15,551,206 16,369,324 16,962,563 17,192,410 17,971,771
17 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport DTW Detroit MI 15,683,787 15,599,877 15,716,865 15,643,890 15,211,402 16,998,174 17,495,135 17,483,468 17,580,363
18 Logan International Airport BOS Boston MA 14,721,693 14,293,675 14,171,476 13,561,814 12,566,797 12,820,489 13,783,297 13,544,552 13,214,923
19 Philadelphia International Airport PHL Philadelphia PA 14,705,014 14,587,631 14,883,180 14,951,254 15,002,961 15,586,852 15,656,653 15,390,848 15,376,569
20 LaGuardia Airport LGA New York NY 13,353,365 12,818,717 11,989,227 12,001,501 11,084,300 11,567,586 12,529,890 12,925,697 13,014,314
21 Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport FLL Fort Lauderdale FL 11,509,361 11,445,101 11,332,466 10,829,810 10,258,118 11,020,091 11,079,250 10,204,579 10,729,468
22 Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport BWI Baltimore/Washington, DC MD 11,134,130 11,183,965 11,067,317 10,848,633 10,338,950 10,215,225 10,487,789 10,297,607 9,829,432
23 Washington Dulles International Airport IAD Washington, DC VA 10,575,366 10,785,683 11,043,829 11,276,481 11,132,098 11,348,775 11,789,441 11,045,217 13,032,502
24 Midway International Airport MDW Chicago IL 9,919,985 9,431,796 9,134,576 8,518,957 8,253,620 8,021,383 9,132,836 8,915,292 8,383,698
25 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport DCA Washington, DC VA 9,811,796 9,462,206 9,053,004 8,736,804 8,490,288 8,704,466 9,038,174 8,973,410 8,623,907
26 Salt Lake City International Airport SLC Salt Lake City UT 9,669,234 9,579,836 9,701,756 9,910,493 9,903,821 9,993,198 10,560,906 10,289,129 10,601,918
27 Honolulu International Airport HNL Honolulu HI 9,466,995 9,210,270 8,643,494 8,740,077 8,739,389 9,013,440 10,393,929 9,855,838 9,784,404
28 San Diego International Airport SAN San Diego CA 8,876,777 8,686,592 8,465,683 8,430,509 8,453,854 9,007,617 9,138,116 8,724,442 8,628,648
29 Tampa International Airport TPA Tampa FL 8,268,207 8,216,153 8,174,194 8,137,222 8,263,294 8,871,917 9,306,036 9,187,865 9,297,643
30 Portland International Airport PDX Portland OR 7,453,098 7,142,620 6,808,486 6,582,227 6,430,119 7,090,526 7,281,057 6,956,712 6,798,976
Rank
(2012)
Airports (Medium Hubs) IATA
Code
City Served State 2012[9]
31 Lambert-St. Louis International Airport STL St. Louis MO 6,200,252
32 William P. Hobby Airport HOU Houston TX 5,043,708
33 Oakland International Airport OAK Oakland CA 4,923,435
34 Kansas City International Airport MCI Kansas City MO 4,866,850
35 Nashville International Airport BNA Nashville TN 4,796,868
36 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport AUS Austin TX 4,606,143
37 Raleigh-Durham International Airport RDU Raleigh/Durham NC 4,489,097
38 John Wayne Airport-Orange County SNA Santa Ana CA 4,381,956
39 Sacramento International Airport SMF Sacramento CA 4,357,899
40 Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport CLE Cleveland OH 4,325,353
41 Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport MSY New Orleans LA 4,293,538
42 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport SJU San Juan PR 4,204,478
43 San Jose International Airport SJC San Jose CA 4,077,644
44 San Antonio International Airport SAT San Antonio TX 4,036,598
45 Dallas Love Field DAL Dallas TX 3,902,521
46 Pittsburgh International Airport PIT Pittsburgh PA 3,889,997
47 General Mitchell International Airport MKE Milwaukee WI 3,707,890
48 Southwest Florida International Airport RSW Fort Myers FL 3,630,737
49 Indianapolis International Airport IND Indianapolis IN 3,585,246
50 Memphis International Airport MEM Memphis TN 3,359,622
51 Port Columbus International Airport CMH Columbus OH 3,095,360
52 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport CVG Covington KY 2,927,218
53 Kahului Airport OGG Kahului HI 2,861,278
54 Palm Beach International Airport PBI West Palm Beach FL 2,796,324
55 Bradley International Airport BDL Windsor Locks CT 2,647,064
56 Albuquerque International Sunport ABQ Albuquerque NM 2,630,570
57 Buffalo Niagara International Airport BUF Buffalo NY 2,588,660
58 Jacksonville International Airport JAX Jacksonville FL 2,579,021
59 Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport ANC Anchorage AK 2,249,475
60 Ontario International Airport ONT Ontario CA 2,142,387
61 Bob Hope Airport BUR Burbank CA 2,027,197
62 Omaha Eppley Airfield OMA Omaha NE 4,000,000[10]

30 busiest US airports by total passenger traffic (2011)[edit]

Listed according to data compiled by Airports Council International North America, and ranked according to total passengers during 2011.[11]

This list has the same 30 airports as the FAA list, but the order is slightly different. The FAA ranks by passengers boarding. ACI ranks by sum of boarding, disembarking, and flying through without leaving airplane. The statistics are slightly more than twice as high.

Rank Airport Name Location IATA Code Traffic Aircraft
Passengers  % Chg.
2010/11
Movements  % Chg.
2010/11
1 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta, Georgia ATL 92,389,023 Increase05.5% 923,996 Decrease02.7%
2 O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois ORD 66,659,709 Decrease00.1% 878,798 Decrease00.4%
3 Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California LAX 61,862,052 Increase04.7% 702,895 Increase05.4%
4 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Texas DFW 57,744,554 Increase01.5% 646,803 Decrease00.8%
5 Denver International Airport Denver, Colorado DEN 52,849,132 Increase01.7% 628,796 Decrease00.2%
6 John F. Kennedy International Airport Queens, New York JFK 47,683,529 Increase02.5% 411,226 Increase03.1%
7 Miami International Airport Miami, Florida MIA 40,810,141 Increase04.3% 403,564 Increase04.2%
8 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix, Arizona PHX 40,591,948 Increase05.3% 461,989 Increase02.8%
9 McCarran International Airport Paradise, Nevada LAS 40,560,285 Increase02.0% 531,538 Increase05.1%
10 George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston, Texas IAH 40,128,953 Decrease00.9% 517,262 Decrease02.7%
11 Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Charlotte, North Carolina CLT 39,043,708 Increase02.1% 539,842 Increase02.0%
12 San Francisco International Airport San Mateo County, California SFO 38,314,389 Increase07.3% 394,572 Increase04.9%
13 Orlando International Airport Orlando, Florida MCO 35,426,006 Increase01.6% 309,884 Increase00.7 %
14 Newark Liberty International Airport Newark, New Jersey EWR 33,711,372 Increase01.8% 399,141 Increase00.2%
15 Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota MSP 33,118,499 Increase00.8% 436,506 Decrease00.0%
16 Seattle-Tacoma International Airport SeaTac, Washington SEA 32,467,007 Increase02.9% 314,947 Increase00.3%
17 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Romulus, Michigan DTW 32,406,159 Increase00.1% 443,028 Decrease02.1%
18 Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PHL 30,839,175 Increase00.2% 448,129 Decrease02.7%
19 Logan International Airport East Boston, Massachusetts BOS 28,907,938 Increase05.4% 368,987 Increase04.6%
20 LaGuardia Airport Queens, New York LGA 24,122,478 Increase00.6% 366,597 Increase01.2%
21 Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport Broward County, Florida FLL 23,349,835 Increase04.2% 267,119 Decrease01.9%
22 Washington Dulles International Airport Dulles, Virginia IAD 23,056,291 Decrease02.3% 327,493 Decrease02.7%
23 Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Anne Arundel County, Maryland BWI 22,391,785 Increase02.1% 276,133 Decrease00.1%
24 Salt Lake City International Airport Salt Lake City, Utah SLC 20,389,474 Decrease02.4% 358,002 Decrease02.6%
25 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Arlington County, Virginia DCA 18,802,394 Increase03.8% 281,770 Increase03.9%
26 Chicago Midway International Airport Chicago, Illinois MDW 18,777,126 Increase07.0% 255,227 Increase03.9%
27 Honolulu International Airport Honolulu, Hawaii HNL 17,947,117 Decrease02.7% 262,716 Decrease00.3%
28 San Diego International Airport San Diego, California SAN 16,890,722 Increase00.0% 185,142 Decrease02.6%
29 Tampa International Airport Tampa, Florida TPA 16,732,051 Increase00.5% 191,315 Decrease02.1%
30 Portland International Airport Portland, Oregon PDX 13,675,924 Increase03.7% 219,197 Decrease01.7%

10 busiest US airports by international passenger traffic (2012)[edit]

Listed according to data compiled by the Office of Aviation Analysis, part of the United States Department of Transportation, and ranked according to total international passengers during 2012.[11]

Rank Airport Name Location IATA Code Traffic
Passengers  % Chg.
2012/11
1 John F. Kennedy International Airport Queens, New York JFK 24,665,911 Increase05.8%
2 Miami International Airport Miami, Florida MIA 18,533,134 Increase05.5%
3 Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California LAX 16,842,638 Increase03.5%
4 Newark Liberty International Airport Newark, New Jersey EWR 11,145,410 Decrease02.1%
5 O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois ORD 10,202,658 Decrease01.7%
6 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta, Georgia ATL 0 9,556,913 Increase02.2%
7 San Francisco International Airport San Mateo County, California SFO 0 9,151,620 Increase05.6%
8 George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston, Texas IAH 08,510,279 Increase00.6%
9 Washington Dulles International Airport Dulles, Virginia IAD 06,502,055 Increase02.3%
10 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Texas DFW 05,812,744 Increase011.4%

10 busiest airports in the US by total cargo throughput (2011)[edit]

Listed according to data compiled by Airports Council International North America, and ranked according to total cargo throughput in metric tonnes during 2011.[11]

Rank Airport Name Location IATA Code Cargo
Tonnes  % Chg.
2010/11
1 Memphis International Airport Memphis, Tennessee MEM 3,916,410 Steady00.0%
2 Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Anchorage, Alaska ANC 2,543,105 Decrease03.9%
3 Louisville International Airport Louisville, Kentucky SDF 2,188,422 Increase01.0%
4 Miami International Airport Miami, Florida MIA 1,841,929 Increase00.3%
5 Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California LAX 1,681,611 Decrease03.8%
6 John F. Kennedy International Airport Queens, New York JFK 1,348,992 Decrease00.5%
7 O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois ORD 1,311,622 Decrease04.7%
8 Indianapolis International Airport Indianapolis IND 0971,664 Decrease04.0%
9 Newark Liberty International Airport Newark, New Jersey EWR 0813,209 Decrease05.0%
10 Logan International Airport Boston, Massachusetts BOS 0684,606 Increase02.2%

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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