List of the busiest airports in the United States

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

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest single airport in the United States. However, all of the New York City metropolitan area's airports combine to create the largest airport system in the United States. They are also second in the world in terms of passenger traffic, and first in the world in terms of total flight operations.

50 busiest US airports by total passenger boardings[change | edit source]

Rank
(2010)
Airport IATA
Code
City Served State 2010[1] 2009[2] 2008[2] 2007[3] 2006[4] 2005[5]
1 Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport ATL Atlanta GA 43,130,585 42,280,868 43,236,665 43,236,665 41,352,038 42,402,653
2 O'Hare International Airport ORD Chicago IL 32,171,831 31,135,732 33,683,991 36,521,585 36,825,097 36,720,005
3 Los Angeles International Airport LAX Los Angeles CA 28,857,755 27,439,897 28,861,477 30,113,985 29,357,327 29,372,272
4 Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport DFW Dallas/Fort Worth TX 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 25,241,962 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 22,934,047 22,710,272 23,620,948 23,401,351 21,071,501 20,260,359
7 George Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH Houston TX 19,528,631 19,290,239 20,030,898 24,117,623 22,822,111 20,799,886
8 San Francisco International Airport SFO San Francisco CA 19,359,003 18,467,908 18,135,827 17,280,328 16,236,592 16,070,133
9 McCarran International Airport LAS Las Vegas NV 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 18,907,171 18,559,647 19,450,576 20,767,144 20,479,291 19,032,196
11 Charlotte/Douglas International Airport CLT Charlotte NC 18,629,181 18,165,476 19,291,428 16,884,780 14,949,568 14,109,608
12 Miami International Airport MIA Miami FL 17,017,654 16,187,768 16,369,998 16,377,488 15,664,791 15,092,763
13 Orlando International Airport MCO Orlando FL 17,017,491 16,371,016 17,288,480 17,614,679 16,807,856 16,592,133
14 Newark Liberty International Airport EWR Newark/New York NJ 16,571,754 16,659,441 17,599,578 18,163,652 17,804,107 16,444,959
15 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport DTW Detroit MI 15,643,890 15,211,402 16,998,174 17,495,135 17,483,468 17,580,363
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport/Wold-Chamberlain Airport MSP Minneapolis/St Paul MN 15,512,487 15,551,206 16,369,324 16,962,563 17,192,410 17,971,771
17 Seattle-Tacoma International Airport SEA Seattle WA 15,406,243 15,273,092 15,839,504 15,419,116 14,703,928 14,359,530
18 Philadelphia International Airport PHL Philadelphia PA 14,951,254 15,002,961 15,586,852 15,656,653 15,390,848 15,376,569
19 Logan International Airport BOS Boston MA 13,561,814 12,566,797 12,820,489 13,783,297 13,544,552 13,214,923
20 LaGuardia Airport LGA New York NY 12,001,501 11,084,300 11,567,586 12,529,890 12,925,697 13,014,314
21 Washington Dulles International Airport IAD Washington, DC VA 11,276,481 11,132,098 11,348,775 11,789,441 11,045,217 13,032,502
22 Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport BWI Baltimore/Washington, D.C. MD 10,848,633 10,338,950 10,215,225 10,487,789 10,297,607 9,829,432
23 Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport FLL Fort Lauderdale FL 10,829,810 10,258,118 11,020,091 11,079,250 10,204,579 10,729,468
24 Salt Lake City International Airport SLC Salt Lake City UT 9,910,493 9,903,821 9,993,198 10,560,906 10,289,129 10,601,918
25 Honolulu International Airport HNL Honolulu HI 8,740,077 8,739,389 9,013,440 10,393,929 9,855,838 9,784,404
26 Washington National Airport DCA Washington, D.C. VA 8,736,804 8,490,288 8,704,466 9,038,174 8,973,410 8,623,907
27 Midway International Airport MDW Chicago IL 8,518,957 8,253,620 8,021,383 9,132,836 8,915,292 8,383,698
28 San Diego International Airport SAN San Diego CA 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 8,137,222 8,263,294 8,871,917 9,306,036 9,187,865 9,297,643
30 Portland International Airport PDX Portland OR 6,582,227 6,430,119 7,090,526 7,281,057 6,956,712 6,798,976
31 Lambert-St. Louis International Airport STL St. Louis MO 6,044,760 6,084,070 6,740,468 7,130,801 7,037,400 6,847,228
32 Kansas City International Airport MCI Kansas City MO 4,946,173 4,894,349 5,386,242 5,833,064 5,466,672 5,063,120
33 Memphis International Airport MEM Memphis TN 4,930,935 5,054,191 5,376,818 5,546,321 5,508,235 5,630,305
34 General Mitchell International Airport MKE Milwaukee WI 4,760,170 3,822,542 3,861,333 3,751,345 3,630,098 3,602,536
35 Metropolitan Oakland International Airport OAK Oakland CA 4,673,417 4,612,631 5,583,748 7,134,127 7,076,936 7,071,534
36 Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport CLE Cleveland OH 4,591,097 4,704,329 5,387,625 5,571,219 5,447,482 5,529,629
37 Raleigh-Durham International Airport RDU Raleigh NC 4,465,736 4,435,624 4,792,909 4,979,553 4,714,587 4,723,989
38 Nashville International Airport BNA Nashville TN 4,432,527 4,385,780 4,648,000 4,887,925 4,779,474 4,563,251
39 Sacramento International Airport SMF Sacramento CA 4,424,279 4,460,600 4,986,771 5,382,463 5,182,641 5,108,364
40 William P. Hobby Airport HOU Houston TX 4,357,835 4,087,524 4,246,907 4,239,375 4,115,021 3,961,642
41 John Wayne Airport-Orange County SNA Orange County CA 4,278,623 4,311,329 4,464,380 4,948,846 4,777,896 4,791,786
42 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport SJU San Juan PR 4,243,475 4,094,662 4,635,798 5,149,177 5,226,471 5,336,690
43 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport AUS Austin TX 4,201,136 4,027,100 4,268,536 4,181,956 3,945,020 3,645,956
44 Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport MSY New Orleans LA 4,088,889 3,916,746 3,990,374 3,770,246 3,127,963 3,912,884
45 San Jose International Airport SJC San Jose CA 4,056,167 4,103,834 4,780,264 5,255,257 5,283,407 5,309,992
46 Pittsburgh International Airport PIT Pittsburgh PA 3,996,656 3,956,842 4,292,546 4,875,883 4,946,256 5,198,442
47 San Antonio International Airport SAT San Antonio TX 3,916,320 3,791,928 4,021,976 3,911,726 3,915,428 3,604,665
48 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport CVG Cincinnati KY 3,906,826 5,194,214 6,648,600 7,728,069 7,984,074 11,277,068
49 Dallas Love Field DAL Dallas TX 3,783,407 3,675,861 4,033,005 3,988,199 3,443,537 2,949,256
50 Indianapolis International Airport IND Indianapolis IN 3,728,698 3,732,534 4,061,450 4,097,398 4,008,638 4,221,085

30 busiest US airports by total passenger traffic (2010)[change | edit source]

Listed according to data compiled by Airports Council International North America, and ranked according to total passengers during 2010.[6]

Rank Airport Name Location IATA Code Traffic Aircraft
Passengers  % Chg.
2009/10
Movements  % Chg.
2009/10
1. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta, Georgia ATL 89,331,622 Increase01.5% 950,119 Decrease02.1%
2. O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois ORD 66,774,738 Increase04.1% 882,617 Increase06.6%
3. Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California LAX 59,070,127 Increase04.5% 666,938 Increase04.8%
4. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Texas DFW 56,906,610 Increase01.6% 652,261 Increase02.1%
5. Denver International Airport Denver, Colorado DEN 52,209,377 Increase04.1% 630,063 Increase03.8%
6. John F. Kennedy International Airport Queens, New York JFK 46,514,154 Increase01.4% 399,626 Decrease04.2%
7. George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston, Texas IAH 40,479,569 Increase01.2% 531,347 Decrease01.3%
8. McCarran International Airport Paradise, Nevada LAS 39,757,359 Decrease01.8% 505,591 Decrease01.1%
9. San Francisco International Airport San Mateo County, California SFO 39,253,999 Increase05.1% 387,248 Increase02.0%
10. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix, Arizona PHX 38,554,215 Increase01.9% 449,351 Decrease01.7%
11. Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Charlotte, North Carolina CLT 38,254,207 Increase10.8% 529,101 Increase03.9%
12. Miami International Airport Downtown Miami, Florida MIA 35,698,025 Increase05.4% 376,208 Increase07.1%
13. Orlando International Airport Orlando, Florida MCO 34,877,899 Increase03.5% 307,784 Increase02.5%
14. Newark Liberty International Airport Newark, New Jersey EWR 33,107,041 Decrease01.0% 403,880 Decrease02.1%
15. Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport Hennepin County, Minnesota MSP 32,839,441 Increase01.4% 436,625 Increase01.0%
16. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Romulus, Michigan DTW 32,377,064 Increase03.3% 452,616 Increase04.6%
17. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport SeaTac, Washington SEA 31,553,166 Increase01.0% 313,954 Decrease01.2%
18. Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PHL 30,775,961 Increase00.4% 460,779 Decrease02.5%
19. Logan International Airport East Boston, Massachusetts BOS 27,428,962 Increase07.5% 352,643 Increase02.1%
20. LaGuardia Airport Long Island, New York LGA 23,983,082 Increase08.3% 362,137 Increase02.0%
21. Washington Dulles International Airport Dulles, Virginia IAD 23,591,554 Increase02.2% 336,531 Decrease01.1%
22. Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport Broward County, Florida FLL 22,412,627 Increase06.4% 272,293 Increase02.0%
23. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Anne Arundel County, Maryland BWI 21,949,902 Increase04.7% 276,457 Increase03.2%
24. Salt Lake City International Airport Salt Lake City, Utah SLC 21,016,686 Increase02.9% 362,654 Decrease02.6%
25. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Arlington County, Virginia DCA 18,105,802 Increase03.1% 271,097 Decrease00.4%
26. Chicago Midway International Airport Chicago, Illinois MDW 17,566,281 Increase03.4% 245,533 Decrease00.3%
27. San Diego International Airport Downtown San Diego, California SAN 16,889,622 Decrease00.5% 190 137 Decrease04.6%
28. Tampa International Airport Hillsborough County, Florida TPA 16,645,765 Decrease01.9% 195,359 Decrease02.3%
29. Portland International Airport Portland, Oregon PDX 13,184,843 Increase02.0% 223,068 Decrease01.5%
30. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport St. Louis County, Missouri STL 12,331,436 Decrease03.6% 185,720 Decrease11.2%

10 busiest US airports by international passenger traffic (2010)[change | edit source]

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 2010.[6]

Rank Airport Name Location IATA Code Traffic
Passengers  % Chg.
2009/10
1. John F. Kennedy International Airport Queens, New York JFK 22,702,882 Increase05.8%
2. Miami International Airport Downtown Miami, Florida MIA 16,207,353 Increase05.3%
3. Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California LAX 15,505,566 Increase04.7%
4. Newark Liberty International Airport Newark, New Jersey EWR 11,372,186 Increase06.6%
5. O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois ORD 10,426,287 Increase02.5%
6. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta, Georgia ATL 09,120,974 Increase04.1%
7. San Francisco International Airport San Mateo County, California SFO 08,476,172 Increase07.4%
8. George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston, Texas IAH 08,279,513 Increase09.5%
9. Washington Dulles International Airport Dulles, Virginia IAD 06,167,501 Increase09.5%
10. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Texas DFW 05,045,949 Increase08.5%

10 busiest airports in the US by total cargo throughput (2010)[change | edit source]

Listed according to data compiled by Airports Council International North America, and ranked according to total cargo throughput in metric tonnes during 2010.[6]

Rank Airport Name Location IATA Code Cargo
Tonnes  % Chg.
2009/10
1. Memphis International Airport Memphis, Tennessee MEM 3,916,811 Increase05.9%
2. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport ANC 2,646,695 Increase36.6%
3. Louisville International Airport Louisville, Kentucky SDF 2,166,656 Increase11.2%
4. Miami International Airport Downtown Miami, Florida MIA 1,835,797 Increase17.9%
5. Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California LAX 1,747,629 Increase15.8%
6. O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois ORD 1,376,552 Increase31.4%
7. John F. Kennedy International Airport Queens, New York JFK 1,344,126 Increase17.5%
8. Indianapolis International Airport Indianapolis IND 1,012,589 Increase07.2%
9. Newark Liberty International Airport Newark, New Jersey EWR 0855,594 Increase09.8%
10. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta, Georgia ATL 0659,129 Increase17.1%

References[change | edit source]

  1. CY 2010 Enplanements at Primary Airports
  2. 2.0 2.1 CY 2009 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data
  3. Federal Aviation Administration 2007 passenger boarding statistics
  4. Federal Aviation Administration 2006 passenger boarding statistics
  5. Federal Aviation Administration 2005 passenger boarding statistics
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Airport Traffic Reports". Airports Council International - North America. http://www.aci-na.org/content/airport-traffic-reports. Retrieved January 14, 2012.