List of the busiest airports in the United States

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These are lists of the busiest airports in the United States, based on various ranking criteria.

Busiest US airports by total passenger boardings[edit]

The FAA uses passenger boarding for a full calendar year to determine Airport Improvement Program (AIP) entitlements.[1] 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.

The 30 large hubs move 70% of the passengers with a traffic increasing by 2.5% from 2016 to 2017, while the 31 medium hubs grew by 5.2% and sixteen airports lost airline services between 2014 and 2018, from 445 to 429. Mainline carriers are up-gauging their fleet while scope clauses regional aircraft operations and turboprops and 50-seat regional jets are abandoned: aircraft with 50 seats or fewer represented 30% of domestic departures and 12% of seats offered in 2014, falling to 19% in 2018 and 7% of seats. Accounting for 18% of passenger traffic, medium hubs stimulate point-to-point services like for Southwest Airlines, operating at 29, carrying most mainline passengers at 24 and more than half at 10. Southwest’s first-quarter of 2018 CASM excluding fuel and special charges was 8.65 cents, roughly equivalent to JetBlue Airways and more than 20% lower than American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, while ULCCs are lower like Spirit Airlines at 5.83 cents while Frontier Airlines' is undisclosed.[2]

Rank
(2017)
Airports (large hubs) IATA
Code
Major city served State 2017[3] 2016[4] 2015[5] 2014[6] 2013[7] 2012[8] 2011[9] 2010[10] 2009[11] 2008[11] 2007[12] 2006[13] 2005[14]
1 Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport ATL Atlanta GA 50,251,962 50,501,858 49,340,732 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 41,232,416 39,636,042 36,351,226 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 38,593,028 37,589,899 36,305,668 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 31,861,933 31,283,579 31,589,832 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 Denver International Airport DEN Denver CO 29,809,091 28,267,394 26,280,043 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
6 John F. Kennedy International Airport JFK New York NY 29,533,154 29,239,151 27,782,369 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
7 San Francisco International Airport SFO San Francisco CA 26,900,016 25,707,101 24,190,549 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 McCarran International Airport LAS Las Vegas NV 23,364,185 22,833,267 21,824,231 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
9 Seattle–Tacoma International Airport SEA Seattle/Tacoma WA 22,639,120 21,887,110 21,231,781 18,781,489 17,450,425 16,625,787 16,425,732 15,406,243 15,273,092 15,839,504 15,419,116 14,703,928 14,359,530
10 Charlotte Douglas International Airport CLT Charlotte NC 22,011,225 21,511,880 21,913,166 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
11 Newark Liberty International Airport EWR Newark/New Jersey NJ 21,571,194 19,923,009 18,684,818 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
12 Orlando International Airport MCO Orlando FL 21,565,444 20,283,541 18,759,938 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
13 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport PHX Phoenix AZ 21,185,440 20,896,265 21,351,445 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
14 Miami International Airport MIA Miami FL 20,709,205 20,875,813 20,986,341 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
15 George Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH Houston TX 19,603,729 20,062,072 20,595,874 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
16 Logan International Airport BOS Boston MA 19,145,096 17,749,202 16,290,362 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
17 Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport MSP Minneapolis/St. Paul MN 19,002,544 18,123,844 17,634,252 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
18 Detroit Metropolitan Airport DTW Detroit MI 17,325,600 16,826,287 16,255,520 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
19 Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport FLL Fort Lauderdale FL 16,216,686 14,263,270 13,061,607 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
20 Philadelphia International Airport PHL Philadelphia PA 14,760,585 14,564,419 15,101,318 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
21 LaGuardia Airport LGA New York NY 14,737,834 14,706,123 14,762,593 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
22 Baltimore–Washington International Airport BWI Baltimore/Washington, D.C. MD 13,214,185 12,340,972 11,738,828 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 Salt Lake City International Airport SLC Salt Lake City UT 12,098,835 11,143,738 10,634,519 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
24 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport DCA Washington, D.C. VA 11,966,354 11,470,854 11,242,375 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
25 Washington Dulles International Airport IAD Washington, D.C. VA 11,407,107 10,596,942 10,363,918 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
26 San Diego International Airport SAN San Diego CA 11,107,078 10,340,164 9,985,739 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
27 Midway International Airport MDW Chicago IL 10,911,970 11,044,353 11,044,387 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
28 Tampa International Airport TPA Tampa FL 9,830,583 9,194,994 9,150,414 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
29 Daniel K. Inouye International Airport HNL Honolulu HI 9,743,989 9,656,340 9,656,340 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
30 Portland International Airport PDX Portland OR 9,538,472 9,071,154 8,340,234 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
(2017)
Airports (Medium Hubs) IATA
Code
City Served State 2017 2016 2015[4] 2014[1]
31 Dallas Love Field DAL Dallas TX 7,876,769 7,554,596 7,040,921 4,522,341
32 St. Louis Lambert International Airport STL St. Louis MO 7,372,805 6,793,076 6,239,231 6,108,758
33 Nashville International Airport BNA Nashville TN 7,015,119 6,338,517 5,708,852 5,396,958
34 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport AUS Austin TX 6,973,115 6,095,545 5,797,547 5,219,982
35 William P. Hobby Airport HOU Houston TX 6,741,870 6,285,181 5,937,944 5,800,726
36 Oakland International Airport OAK Oakland CA 6,530,308 5,934,639 5,506,672 5,069,257
37 Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport SJC San Jose CA 6,225,148 5,321,603 4,885,690 4,621,003
38 Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport MSY New Orleans LA 6,005,527 5,569,705 5,329,696 4,870,569
39 Raleigh-Durham International Airport RDU Raleigh/Durham NC 5,851,004 5,401,714 4,954,717 4,673,869
40 Kansas City International Airport MCI Kansas City MO 5,744,918 5,391,557 5,135,127 4,982,722
41 Sacramento International Airport SMF Sacramento CA 5,460,526 4,969,366 4,816,440 4,384,616
42 John Wayne Airport SNA Santa Ana CA 5,195,047 5,217,242 4,945,175 4,584,147
43 Cleveland Hopkins International Airport CLE Cleveland OH 4,562,740 4,205,739 4,083,476 3,686,315
44 San Antonio International Airport SAT San Antonio TX 4,521,611 4,179,994 4,091,389 4,046,856
45 Southwest Florida International Airport RSW Fort Myers FL 4,461,304 4,277,214 4,159,212 3,942,387
46 Indianapolis International Airport IND Indianapolis IN 4,376,432 4,216,766 3,889,567 3,605,908
47 Pittsburgh International Airport PIT Pittsburgh PA 4,327,431 3,986,114 3,890,677 3,827,860
48 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport SJU San Juan PR 4,163,587 4,343,354 4,218,785 4,150,828
49 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport CVG Cincinnati/Covington OH/KY 3,926,158 3,269,979 3,036,697 2,874,684
50 John Glenn Columbus International Airport CMH Columbus OH 3,765,007 3,567,864 3,312,496 3,115,501
51 Kahului Airport OGG Kahului HI 3,442,189 3,352,813 3,220,753 3,019,338
52 Bradley International Airport BDL Hartford CT 3,214,976 2,982,194 2,926,047 2,913,380
53 Palm Beach International Airport PBI West Palm Beach FL 3,166,532 3,100,624 3,113,485 2,926,242
54 General Mitchell International Airport MKE Milwaukee WI 3,121,910 3,327,536 3,229,876 3,228,607
55 Jacksonville International Airport JAX Jacksonville FL 2,759,067 2,729,129 2,716,465 2,589,198
56 Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport ANC Anchorage AK 2,556,188 2,563,524 2,525,876 2,381,826
57 Albuquerque International Sunport ABQ Albuquerque NM 2,483,861 2,341,719 2,323,850 2,354,184
58 Hollywood Burbank Airport BUR Burbank CA 2,365,361 2,104,625 1,972,531 1,931,948
59 Buffalo Niagara International Airport BUF Buffalo NY 2,348,463 2,313,724 2,331,545 2,378,469
60 Eppley Airfield OMA Omaha NE 2,303,223 2,127,387 2,046,155 2,020,354

46 busiest US airports by total passenger traffic (2016)[edit]

Listed according to data compiled by Airports Council International North America, and ranked according to total passengers during 2016.[15]

All 46 airports on this list are also featured on the FAA list, but the order varies. 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.
2015/16
Movements % chg.
2015/16
1 Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta, Georgia ATL 104,171,935 Increase02.6 898,356 Increase01.8
2 Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California LAX 80,921,527 Increase08.0 697,138 Increase06.3
3 Chicago O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois ORD 77,960,588 Increase01.3 867,635 Decrease00.9
4 Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, Texas DFW 65,670,697 Increase00.2 672,748 Decrease01.3
5 John F. Kennedy International Airport New York, New York JFK 59,105,513 Increase03.9 452,415 Increase03.0
6 Denver International Airport Denver, Colorado DEN 58,266,515 Increase07.9 565,503 Increase04.5
7 San Francisco International Airport San Francisco, California SFO 53,099,282 Increase06.1 450,388 Increase04.8
8 McCarran International Airport Las Vegas, Nevada LAS 47,496,614 Increase04.5 541,428 Increase02.1
9 Seattle–Tacoma International Airport SeaTac, Washington SEA 45,736,700 Increase08.0 412,170 Increase08.1
10 Miami International Airport Miami, Florida MIA 44,584,603 Increase00.5 414,234 Increase00.3
11 Charlotte Douglas International Airport Charlotte, North Carolina CLT 44,422,022 Decrease01.0 545,742 Increase00.3
12 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix, Arizona PHX 43,302,381 Decrease01.6 440,643 Increase00.1
13 Orlando International Airport Orlando, Florida MCO 41,923,399 Increase08.0 316,981 Increase02.9
14 George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston, Texas IAH 41,622,594 Decrease03.3 470,780 Decrease06.4
15 Newark Liberty International Airport Newark, New Jersey EWR 40,563,285 Increase08.2 435,907 Increase05.3
16 Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota MSP 37,413,728 Increase02.3 412,872 Increase02.0
17 Logan International Airport Boston, Massachusetts BOS 36,356,917 Increase08.5 372,930 Increase02.5
18 Detroit Metropolitan Airport Romulus, Michigan DTW 34,401,254 Increase02.9 393,427 Increase03.7
19 Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PHL 30,155,090 Decrease04.1 394,022 Decrease04.2
20 LaGuardia Airport New York, New York LGA 29,786,769 Increase04.7 369,987 Increase02.7
21 Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport Fort Lauderdale, Florida FLL 29,205,002 Increase08.4 290,239 Increase04.4
22 Baltimore–Washington International Airport Linthicum, Maryland BWI 25,122,651 Increase05.4 248,585 Increase00.9
23 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Arlington, Virginia DCA 23,568,586 Increase02.4 295,038 Increase00.8
24 Salt Lake City International Airport Salt Lake City, Utah SLC 23,157,445 Increase04.5 320,137 Increase02.7
25 Chicago Midway International Airport Chicago, Illinois MDW 22,677,859 Increase02.1 253,046 Decrease00.2
26 Washington Dulles International Airport Dulles, Virginia IAD 21,817,340 Increase01.5 265,743 Decrease01.5
27 San Diego International Airport San Diego, California SAN 20,725,801 Increase03.2 197,132 Increase01.5
28 Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Honolulu, Hawaii HNL 19,878,659  – 00.0 316,154 Increase01.1
29 Tampa International Airport Tampa, Florida TPA 18,931,922 Increase00.6 N/A N/A
30 Portland International Airport Portland, Oregon PDX 18,352,767 Increase08.9 227,709 Increase04.4
31 Dallas Love Field Dallas, Texas DAL 15,562,738 Increase07.3 224,193 Increase03.7
32 St. Louis Lambert International Airport St. Louis, Missouri STL 13,959,126 Increase09.5 190,560 Increase02.5
33 Nashville International Airport Nashville, Tennessee BNA 12,979,803 Increase011.2 194,758 Increase05.6
34 William P. Hobby Airport Houston, Texas HOU 12,909,075 Increase06.1 200,741 Increase00.1
35 Austin–Bergstrom International Airport Austin, Texas AUS 12,436,849 Increase04.5 192,032 Increase00.4
36 Oakland International Airport Oakland, California OAK 12,070,967 Increase07.7 222,771 Increase03.3
37 Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport New Orleans, Louisiana MSY 11,365,487 Increase04.6 N/A N/A
38 Raleigh–Durham International Airport Morrisville, North Carolina RDU 11,049,143 Increase011.1 191,348 Increase05.6
39 Kansas City International Airport Kansas City, Missouri MCI 11,041,767 Increase05.4 N/A N/A
40 Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport San Jose, California SJC 10,796,725 Increase010.2 N/A N/A
41 John Wayne Airport Santa Ana, California SNA 10,496,511 Increase03.1 284,246 Increase09.0
42 Sacramento International Airport Sacramento, California SMF 10,118,794 Increase05.3 N/A N/A
43 San Antonio International Airport San Antonio, Texas SAT 8,618,139 Increase01.3 N/A N/A
44 Southwest Florida International Airport Fort Myers, Florida RSW 8,604,673 Increase02.8 N/A N/A
45 Indianapolis International Airport Indianapolis, Indiana IND 8,511,959 Increase06.4 N/A N/A
46 Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Cleveland, Ohio CLE 8,422,676 Increase03.8 N/A N/A

20 busiest US airports by international passenger traffic (2016)[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 2016.[16]

Rank Airport Name Location IATA
Code
Traffic
Passengers % chg.
2016/15
1 John F. Kennedy International Airport New York City, New York JFK 31,305,193 Increase06.3%
2 Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California LAX 22,177,994 Increase010.1%
3 Miami International Airport Miami, Florida MIA 19,688,934 Decrease02.0%
4 O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois ORD 11,917,782 Increase03.8%
5 San Francisco International Airport San Mateo County, California SFO 11,835,425 Increase07.6%
6 Newark Liberty International Airport Newark, New Jersey EWR 11,757,112 Increase01.5%
7 Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta, Georgia ATL 11,194,192 Increase03.8%
8 George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston, Texas IAH 10,780,277 Increase02.1%
9 Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, Texas DFW 7,821,342 Increase03.1%
10 Washington Dulles International Airport Dulles, Virginia IAD 7,117,880 Increase01.6%
11 Logan International Airport Boston, Massachusetts BOS 5,842,669 Increase016.4%
12 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Broward County, Florida FLL 5,642,557 Increase09.3%
13 Orlando International Airport Orlando, Florida MCO 5,417,295 Increase08.8%
14 Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Honolulu, Hawaii HNL 5,084,453 Increase01.6%
15 Seattle-Tacoma International Airport SeaTac, Washington SEA 4,626,762 Increase06.3%
16 Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PHL 3,685,920 Decrease08.0%
17 McCarran International Airport Paradise, Nevada LAS 3,497,658 Increase02.7%
18 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Romulus, Michigan DTW 3,263,216 Decrease00.3%
19 Charlotte Douglas International Airport Charlotte, North Carolina CLT 2,967,941 Decrease00.4%
20 Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport Barrigada and Tamuning, Guam GUM 2,953,930 Increase03.1%

10 busiest airports in the US by total cargo throughput (2015)[edit]

Largest cargo airports in the United States Map.jpeg

Listed according to data compiled by the Federal Aviation Administration for the United States, and ranked according to total cargo throughput in pounds during 2015.[17]

Rank Airport Name Location IATA
Code
Cargo
Ibs. % chg.
2015/14
1 Memphis International Airport Memphis, Tennessee MEM 22,679,195,919 Decrease0-0.42%
2 Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Anchorage, Alaska ANC 17,139,250,601 Increase08.01%
3 Louisville International Airport Louisville, Kentucky SDF 12,057,543,654 Increase04.23%
4 O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois ORD 9,063,649,529 Increase020.19%
5 Miami International Airport Miami, Florida MIA 7,630,761,702 Increase06.09%
6 Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California LAX 6,585,460,219 Increase053.24%
7 Indianapolis International Airport Indianapolis, Indiana IND 5,324,737,760 Decrease0-0.58%
8 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Hebron, Kentucky CVG 4,019,745,706 Increase010.30%
9 Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Texas DFW 3,328,784,075 Increase05.99%
10 John F. Kennedy International Airport New York, New York JFK 3,255,916,985 Increase02.68%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration 2006 passenger boarding statistics" (PDF). 
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External links[edit]

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