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 51,916,451 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 42,459,545 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 33,528,927 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 30,714,011 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 29,458,297 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 27,862,429 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 24,248,814 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 23,518,824 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 22,917,874 22,173,747 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 Orlando International Airport MCO Orlando FL 22,215,929 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
12 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport PHX Phoenix AZ 22,016,714 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
13 Miami International Airport MIA Miami FL 21,747,189 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
14 Newark Liberty International Airport EWR Newark/New York NJ 21,507,885 19,834,792 19,923,009 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 George Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH Houston TX 20,367,204 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 17,759,044 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 16,847,135 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
(2016)
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 William P. Hobby Airport HOU Houston TX 6,741,870 6,285,181 5,937,944 5,800,726
35 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport AUS Austin TX 6,973,115 6,095,545 5,797,547 5,219,982
36 Oakland International Airport OAK Oakland CA 6,530,308 5,934,639 5,506,672 5,069,257
37 Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport MSY New Orleans LA 6,005,527 5,569,705 5,329,696 4,870,569
38 Raleigh-Durham International Airport RDU Raleigh/Durham NC 5,851,004 5,401,714 4,954,717 4,673,869
39 Kansas City International Airport MCI Kansas City MO 5,744,918 5,391,557 5,135,127 4,982,722
40 Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport SJC San Jose CA 6,225,148 5,321,603 4,885,690 4,621,003
41 John Wayne Airport SNA Santa Ana CA 5,195,047 5,217,242 4,945,175 4,584,147
42 Sacramento International Airport SMF Sacramento CA 5,460,526 4,969,366 4,816,440 4,384,616
43 Cleveland Hopkins International Airport CLE Cleveland OH 4,562,740 4,205,739 4,083,476 3,686,315
44 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport SJU San Juan PR 4,163,587 4,343,354 4,218,785 4,150,828
45 San Antonio International Airport SAT San Antonio TX 4,521,611 4,179,994 4,091,389 4,046,856
46 Southwest Florida International Airport RSW Fort Myers FL 4,461,304 4,277,214 4,159,212 3,942,387
47 Indianapolis International Airport IND Indianapolis IN 4,376,432 4,216,766 3,889,567 3,605,908
48 Pittsburgh International Airport PIT Pittsburgh PA 4,327,431 3,986,114 3,890,677 3,827,860
49 John Glenn Columbus International Airport CMH Columbus OH 3,765,007 3,567,864 3,312,496 3,115,501
50 General Mitchell International Airport MKE Milwaukee WI 3,121,910 3,327,536 3,229,876 3,228,607
51 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport CVG Cincinnati/Covington OH/KY 3,926,158 3,269,979 3,036,697 2,874,684
52 Kahului Airport OGG Kahului HI 3,442,189 3,352,813 3,220,753 3,019,338
53 Palm Beach International Airport PBI West Palm Beach FL 3,166,532 3,100,624 3,113,485 2,926,242
54 Bradley International Airport BDL Hartford CT 3,214,976 2,982,194 2,926,047 2,913,380
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 Buffalo Niagara International Airport BUF Buffalo NY 2,348,463 2,313,724 2,331,545 2,378,469
59 Eppley Airfield OMA Omaha NE 2,303,223 2,127,387 2,046,155 2,020,354
60 Hollywood Burbank Airport BUR Burbank CA 2,365,361 2,104,625 1,972,531 1,931,948

45 busiest US airports by total passenger traffic (2015)[edit]

Listed according to data compiled by Airports Council International North America, and ranked according to total passengers during 2015.[15]

This list has the same 99 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.
2014/15
Movements % chg.
2014/15
1 Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta, Georgia ATL 101,491,106 Increase05.5 882,497 Increase01.6
2 Chicago O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois ORD 76,949,504 Increase09.8 875,136 Decrease00.8
3 Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California LAX 74,937,004 Increase06.0 655,564 Increase03.0
4 Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, Texas DFW 64,074,762 Increase00.3 681,261 Increase00.2
5 John F. Kennedy International Airport New York, New York JFK 56,827,154 Increase06.8 438,897 Increase03.7
6 Denver International Airport Denver, Colorado DEN 54,014,502 Increase01.0 541,213 Decrease04.3
7 San Francisco International Airport San Francisco, California SFO 50,057,887 Increase06.2 429,815 Decrease00.4
8 McCarran International Airport Las Vegas, Nevada LAS 45,443,900 Increase05.8 530,330 Increase01.5
9 Charlotte Douglas International Airport Charlotte, North Carolina CLT 44,876,627 Increase01.3 543,944 Decrease00.2
10 Miami International Airport Miami, Florida MIA 44,350,247 Increase08.3 412,915 Increase02.5
11 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix, Arizona PHX 44,003,840 Increase04.5 440,411 Increase02.3
12 George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston, Texas IAH 43,023,224 Increase04.3 502,844 Decrease01.2
13 Seattle–Tacoma International Airport SeaTac, Washington SEA 42,340,537 Increase012.9 381,408 Increase012
14 Orlando International Airport Orlando, Florida MCO 38,727,749 Increase08.4 308,169 Increase06.1
15 Newark Liberty International Airport Newark, New Jersey EWR 37,494,704 Increase05.3 415,534 Increase05.1
16 Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota MSP 36,582,854 Increase04.1 404,612 Decrease01.9
17 Logan International Airport Boston, Massachusetts BOS 33,515,905 Increase05.9 372,930 Increase02.5
18 Detroit Metropolitan Airport Romulus, Michigan DTW 33,440,112 Increase02.8 379,376 Decrease03.4
19 Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PHL 31,444,403 Increase02.3 411,368 Decrease01.9
20 LaGuardia Airport New York, New York LGA 28,437,668 Increase05.5 360,274 Decrease00.3
21 Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport Fort Lauderdale, Florida FLL 26,941,671 Increase09.3 278,002 Increase07.6
22 Baltimore–Washington International Airport Linthicum, Maryland BWI 23,823,532 Increase06.8 246,454 Increase00.5
23 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Arlington, Virginia DCA 23,012,191 Increase010.7 292,781 Increase03.4
24 Chicago Midway International Airport Chicago, Illinois MDW 22,221,499 Increase04.9 253,519 Increase01.7
25 Salt Lake City International Airport Salt Lake City, Utah SLC 22,152,498 Increase04.8 311,857 Decrease04.0
26 Washington Dulles International Airport Dulles, Virginia IAD 21,498,902 Increase00.4 269,070 Decrease07.0
27 San Diego International Airport San Diego, California SAN 20,081,258 Increase07.1 194,215 Increase01.3
28 Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Honolulu, Hawaii HNL 19,869,707 Increase01.5 312,655 Increase00.5
29 Tampa International Airport Tampa, Florida TPA 18,815,425 Increase07.2 189,865 Increase03.2
30 Portland International Airport Portland, Oregon PDX 16,850,952 Increase05.9 218,021 Increase00.8
31 Dallas Love Field Dallas, Texas DAL 14,497,498 Increase054.0 216,099 Increase018.1
32 St. Louis Lambert International Airport St. Louis, Missouri STL 12,752,331 Increase03.0 185,865 Increase01.1
33 William P. Hobby Airport Houston, Texas HOU 12,163,344 Increase01.8 200,587 Decrease04.7
34 Austin–Bergstrom International Airport Austin, Texas AUS 11,897,959 Increase011.0 191,193 Increase04.8
35 Nashville International Airport Nashville, Tennessee BNA 11,673,633 Increase05.7 184,421 Increase04.6
36 Oakland International Airport Oakland, California OAK 11,205,063 Increase08.4 215,750 Increase05.9
37 Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport New Orleans, Louisiana MSY 10,868,827 Increase09.3 N/A N/A
38 Kansas City International Airport Kansas City, Missouri MCI 10,472,461 Increase03.0 N/A N/A
39 John Wayne Airport Santa Ana, California SNA 10,180,258 Increase08.5 260,689 Decrease03.2
40 Raleigh–Durham International Airport Morrisville, North Carolina RDU 9,943,331 Increase04.2 N/A N/A
41 Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport San Jose, California SJC 9,799,427 Increase04.4 N/A N/A
42 Sacramento International Airport Sacramento, California SMF 9,609,880 Increase07.1 N/A N/A
43 San Antonio International Airport San Antonio, Texas SAT 8,507,459 Increase01.6 N/A N/A
44 Southwest Florida International Airport Fort Myers, Florida RSW 8,371,801 Increase05.0 N/A N/A
45 Pittsburgh International Airport Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PIT 8,988,016 Increase01.6 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). 
  14. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration 2005 passenger boarding statistics" (PDF). 
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External links[edit]

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