List of the busiest airports in the United States

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These are lists of the busiest [[airport ]]s in the United States, based on various ranking criteria.

Busiest US airports by total passenger boardings[edit]

[1] 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 2014 (preliminary FAA data) there were 30 Large Hubs and 31 Medium Hubs.

Rank
(2014 (preliminary data))
Airports (large hubs) IATA
Code
Major city served State 2014[2] 2013[3] 2012[4] 2011[5] 2010[6] 2009[7] 2008[7] 2007[8] 2006[9] 2005[10]
1 Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport ATL Atlanta GA 46,604,273 45,308,407 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 34,314,197 32,425,892 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 33,686,811 32,317,835 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 30,766,940 29,038,128 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 John F. Kennedy International Airport JFK New York NY 26,244,928 25,036,358 24,520,943 23,664,830 22,934,047 22,710,272 23,620,948 23,401,351 21,071,501 20,260,359
6 Denver International Airport DEN Denver CO 26,000,591 25,496,885 25,799,832 25,667,499 25,241,962 24,013,669 24,287,939 20,796,173 20,591,909 20,315,544
7 San Francisco International Airport SFO San Francisco CA 22,756,008 21,704,626 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 21,542,277 21,346,601 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 20,551,016 19,946,179 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 20,344,867 19,525,109 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 George Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH Houston TX 19,772,054 18,952,840 19,038,958 19,306,660 19,528,631 19,290,239 20,030,898 24,117,623 22,822,111 20,799,886
12 Miami International Airport MIA Miami FL 19,468,523 19,420,089 18,987,488 18,342,158 17,017,654 16,187,768 16,377,488 16,194,162 15,664,791 15,092,763
13 Seattle–Tacoma International Airport SEA Seattle WA 17,888,080 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
14 Newark Liberty International Airport EWR Newark/New York NJ 17,680,826 17,546,506 17,035,098 16,814,092 16,571,754 16,659,441 17,599,578 18,163,652 17,804,107 16,444,959
15 Orlando International Airport MCO Orlando FL 17,278,608 16,884,524 17,159,425 17,250,415 17,017,491 16,371,016 17,288,480 17,614,679 16,807,856 16,592,133
16 Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport MSP Minneapolis/St. Paul MN 16,972,678 16,280,835 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 15,775,941 15,683,523 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 15,425,869 14,810,153 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 14,747,112 14,727,945 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 13,415,797 13,372,269 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 11,987,607 11,538,140 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 Airport BWI Baltimore/Washington, D.C. MD 11,022,200 11,132,731 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, D.C. VA 10,415,948 10,570,993 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 10,318,311 9,915,646 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 Salt Lake City International Airport SLC Salt Lake City UT 10,139,065 9,668,048 9,579,836 9,701,756 9,910,493 9,903,821 9,993,198 10,560,906 10,289,129 10,601,918
26 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport DCA Washington, D.C. VA 10,057,794 9,838,034 9,462,206 9,053,004 8,736,804 8,490,288 8,704,466 9,038,174 8,973,410 8,623,907
27 Honolulu International Airport HNL Honolulu HI 9,463,000 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 9,333,152 8,878,772 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 8,531,561 8,267,752 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 7,878,760 7,452,603 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
(2014)
Airports (Medium Hubs) IATA
Code
City Served State 2014[11]
31 Lambert–St. Louis International Airport STL St. Louis MO 6,108,758
32 William P. Hobby Airport HOU Houston TX 5,800,726
33 Nashville International Airport BNA Nashville TN 5,396,958
34 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport AUS Austin TX 5,219,982
35 Oakland International Airport OAK Oakland CA 5,069,257
36 Kansas City International Airport MCI Kansas City MO 4,982,722
37 Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport MSY New Orleans LA 4,870,569
38 Raleigh-Durham International Airport RDU Raleigh NC 4,673,869
39 San Jose International Airport SJC San Jose CA 4,621,003
40 John Wayne Airport SNA Santa Ana CA 4,584,147
41 Dallas Love Field DAL Dallas TX 4,522,341
42 Sacramento International Airport SMF Sacramento CA 4,384,616
43 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport SJU San Juan PR 4,150,828
44 San Antonio International Airport SAT San Antonio TX 4,046,856
45 Southwest Florida International Airport RSW Fort Myers FL 3,942,387
46 Pittsburgh International Airport PIT Pittsburgh PA 3,827,860
47 Cleveland Hopkins International Airport CLE Cleveland OH 3,686,315
48 Indianapolis International Airport IND Indianapolis IN 3,605,908
49 General Mitchell International Airport MKE Milwaukee WI 3,228,607
50 Port Columbus International Airport CMH Columbus OH 3,115,501
51 Kahului Airport OGG Kahului HI 3,019,338
52 Palm Beach International Airport PBI West Palm Beach FL 2,926,242
53 Bradley International Airport BDL Hartford CT 2,913,380
54 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport CVG Cincinnati KY 2,874,684
55 Jacksonville International Airport JAX Jacksonville FL 2,589,198
56 Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport ANC Anchorage AK 2,381,826
57 Buffalo Niagara International Airport BUF Buffalo NY 2,378,469
58 Albuquerque International Sunport ABQ Albuquerque NM 2,354,184
59 Ontario International Airport ONT Ontario CA 2,037,346
60 Eppley Airfield OMA Omaha NE 2,020,354
61 Bob Hope Airport BUR Burbank CA 1,928,491

45 busiest US airports by total passenger traffic (2014)[edit]

Listed according to data compiled by Airports Council International North America, and ranked according to total passengers during 2014.[12]

This list has the same 45 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.
2013/14
Movements  % Chg.
2013/14
1 Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta, Georgia ATL 96,178,899 Increase01.9% 868,359 Decrease04.7%
2 Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California LAX 70,663,265 Increase06.0% 708,674 Increase01.7%
3 O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois ORD 69,999,010 Increase04.5% 881,933 Decrease00.2%
4 Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, Texas DFW 63,554,402 Increase05.1% 679,820 Increase00.3%
5 Denver International Airport Denver, Colorado DEN 53,472,514 Increase01.7% 565,525 Decrease02.9%
6 John F. Kennedy International Airport New York, New York JFK 53,254,533 Increase05.6% 422,415 Increase04.0%
7 San Francisco International Airport San Francisco, California SFO 47,114,631 Increase04.8% 431,633 Increase02.4%
8 Charlotte Douglas International Airport Charlotte, North Carolina CLT 44,279,504 Increase01.9% 545,178 Decrease02.3%
9 McCarran International Airport Las Vegas, Nevada LAS 42,869,517 Increase04.7% 522,399 Increase00.3%
10 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix, Arizona PHX 42,134,662 Increase04.4% 430,461 Decrease01.3%
11 George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston, Texas IAH 41,239,700 Increase03.6% 499,802 Increase00.6%
12 Miami International Airport Miami, Florida MIA 40,941,879 Increase00.9% 402,663 Increase00.9%
13 Seattle–Tacoma International Airport SeaTac, Washington SEA 37,498,267 Increase07.7% 337,132 Increase07.3%
14 Orlando International Airport Orlando, Florida MCO 35,714,091 Increase02.7% 290,331 Decrease00.5%
15 Newark Liberty International Airport Newark, New Jersey EWR 35,610,759 Increase01.7% 395,524 Decrease04.4%
16 Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota MSP 35,147,083 Increase03.7% 412,586 Decrease04.3%
17 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Romulus, Michigan DTW 32,513,555 Increase00.4% 392 635 Decrease07.8%
18 Logan International Airport Boston, Massachusetts BOS 31,658,351 Increase04.7% 363 797 Increase00.7%
19 Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PHL 30,740,180 Increase00.8% 419,253 Decrease03.1%
20 LaGuardia Airport New York, New York LGA 26,954,588 Increase01.0% 360,834 Decrease02.7%
21 Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport Fort Lauderdale, Florida FLL 24,648,306 Increase04.6% 258,344 Increase01.1%
22 Baltimore–Washington International Airport Anne Arundel County, Maryland BWI 22,312,676 Decrease00.8% 245,121 Decrease05.6%
23 Washington Dulles International Airport Dulles, Virginia IAD 21,420,385 Decrease01.7% 289,278 Decrease06.0%
24 Salt Lake City International Airport Salt Lake City, Utah SLC 21,141,610 Increase04.7% 324,955 Decrease01.7%
25 Chicago Midway International Airport Chicago, Illinois MDW 21,069,564 Increase03.5% 249,252 Decrease01.1%
26 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Arlington County, Virginia DCA 20,784,384 Increase01.9% 283,174 Decrease03.2%
27 Honolulu International Airport Honolulu, Hawaii HNL 19,972,910 Increase01.0% 280,732 Increase00.1%
28 San Diego International Airport San Diego, California SAN 18,758,751 Increase05.9% 191,761 Increase02.0%
29 Tampa International Airport Tampa, Florida TPA 17,552,707 Increase03.7% 183,987 Decrease01.3%
30 Portland International Airport Portland, Oregon PDX 15,916,512 Increase05.9% 216,253 Increase03.0%
31 Lambert–St. Louis International Airport St. Louis, Missouri STL 12,384,015 Decrease01.5% 183,920 Decrease02.3%
32 William P. Hobby Airport Houston, Texas HOU 11,945,825 Increase07.5% 182,473 Increase00.2%
33 Nashville International Airport Nashville, Tennessee BNA 11,039,634 Increase06.6% 176,269 Increase00.3%
34 Austin–Bergstrom International Airport Austin, Texas AUS 10,718,854 Increase07.0% 182,468 Increase03.3%
35 Oakland International Airport Oakland, California OAK 10,336,788 Increase06.1% 203,694 Increase01.2%
36 Kansas City International Airport Kansas City, Missouri MCI 10,166,881 Increase03.0% N/A N/A
37 Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport New Orleans, Louisiana MSY 9,942,767 Increase06.4% N/A N/A
38 Raleigh–Durham International Airport Wake County, North Carolina RDU 9,463,598 Increase02.9% 183,487 Decrease01.1%
39 Dallas Love Field Dallas, Texas DAL 9,413,636 Increase011.1% 182,949 Increase03.1%
40 John Wayne Airport Santa Ana, California SNA 9,386,033 Increase01.7% 269,189 Increase08.4%
41 Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport San Jose, California SJC 9,385,212 Increase06.9% N/A N/A
42 [Sacramento International Airport]] Sacramento, California SMF 8,972,756 Increase03.3% N/A N/A
43 San Antonio International Airport San Antonio, Texas SAT 8,369,628 Increase01.4% N/A N/A
44 Pittsburgh International Airport Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PIT 7,998,970 Increase01.5% N/A N/A
45 Southwest Florida International Airport Fort Myers, Florida RSW 7,970,493 Increase04.4% N/A N/A

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.[12]

Rank Airport Name Location IATA Code Traffic
Passengers  % Chg.
2012/11
1 John F. Kennedy International Airport New York, 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 (2014)[edit]

Listed according to data compiled by the Federal Aviation Administration for the United States, and ranked according to total cargo throughput in pounds during 2014. [13]

Rank Airport Name Location IATA Code Cargo
Ibs.  % Chg.
2015/14
1 Memphis International Airport Memphis, Tennessee MEM 21,891,425,638 Increase04.33%
2 Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Anchorage, Alaska ANC 15,982,410652 Decrease0-3.27%
3 Louisville International Airport Louisville, Kentucky SDF 11,264,596,650 Increase01.52%
4 O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois ORD 6,864,249,348 Increase050.69%
5 Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Fort Worth, Texas DFW 3,062,528,160 Decrease0-0.81%
6 Miami International Airport Miami, Florida MIA 6,847,177,300 Decrease0-4.21%
7 Indianapolis International Airport Indianapolis IND 5,268,916,355 Increase06.66%
8 Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California LAX 4,199,375,809 Decrease0-0.13%
9 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Cincinnati, Ohio CVG 3,422,731,214 Increase07.35%
10 John F. Kennedy International Airport New York, New York JFK 3,372,770,377 Decrease0-3.49%

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