The United States is home to some of the world's busiest airports, with more than 200 million passengers traveling through these hubs annually. The majority of these airports are located along the East Coast and in the Midwest. In this article, we'll list 10 of the busiest airports in America. This article will answer the following questions: What are the busiest airports in the United States? And where are they located?
The busiest airports in the United States are as follows.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (103.9 M Passengers)
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the primary international airport serving Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. It is also known as Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport, Atlanta Airport, Hartsfield, Hartsfield–Jackson, or ATL.
Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the United States in terms of passenger traffic. Since 1998, it has been the world's busiest airport. In 2019, it served approximately 104 million passengers, 20 million more than the second busiest airport.
ATL is 11 kilometres from Atlanta and is named after Georgia's two former mayors, Maynard Jackson and William Hartfield. It is Delta Air Lines' hub and technical operations centre, occupying 19.02 square kilometres. It serves as an international gateway to the United States and has the seventh highest number of international passengers.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - (84.5 M Passengers)
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the main international airport serving Los Angeles and the surrounding metropolitan area.
LAX is the international airport that serves as the entry point to Los Angeles, California. Its new terminal is geared toward Asian and Pacific travellers.
It is the second busiest airport in the United States, and it is also one of the largest airports on the West Coast, alongside San Francisco International Airport.
O’Hare International Airport (ORD) (79.8 M Passengers)
Chicago O'Hare International Airport, also known as O'Hare Airport, Chicago O'Hare, or simply O'Hare, is an international airport on Chicago's Northwest Side, 17 miles northwest of the Loop business district.
Between 1963 and 1998, it was the busiest airport in the country in terms of passenger traffic. There are direct nonstop flights from the airport to over 220 destinations on all six inhabited continents. O'Hare served nearly 920,000 aircraft in 2019, or an average of 2,520 aircraft per day. It serves as a major hub for some of the world's largest airlines, including American Airlines and United Airlines.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) (75 M Passengers)
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is the primary international airport serving the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex and the North Texas Region in the United States state of Texas.
American Airlines' largest hub is a behemoth that served approximately 75 million passengers in 2019 and ranks second among the largest US airports.
It is the second largest airport in the United States by land area, with its own zip code and city designation (DFW Airport, TX). It is the fourth busiest airport in terms of aircraft movements and the fifteenth busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic.
Denver International Airport (DEN) - (61 M Passengers)
Denver International Airport, abbreviated as DIA, is an international airport in the Western United States that serves primarily metropolitan Denver, Colorado, as well as the greater Front Range Urban Corridor.
Denver International Airport is the largest in the United States and the world's third-largest airport, trailing only King Fahd International Airport and Beijing Daxing International Airport. It covers 135.7 square kilometres and has the world's seventh-longest runway.
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) - (61 M Passengers)
The main international airport serving New York City is John F. Kennedy International Airport. The airport is the busiest of New York's six airports, the 13th busiest in the United States, and the busiest international air passenger gateway into North America.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - (56 M Passengers)
San Francisco International Airport is located 13 miles south of downtown San Francisco in San Mateo County, California. It serves North America and serves as a major gateway to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
After Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport is California's second busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic. It is, however, the busiest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving 56 million passengers per year. Outbound passengers made up approximately 49 percent of those who passed through SFO. San Francisco International Airport is located 21 kilometres south of the city.
McCarran International Airport (LAS) - (51 M Passengers)
LAS is more commonly known as Las Vegas Airport and is located in Paradise, Nevada, not Heaven. The majority of passengers fly domestically to and from Los Angeles, the airport's most popular route. LAS is currently the eighth busiest airport in the United States, with 51 million passengers served in 2019.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) - (50 M Passengers)
Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, also known as Sea–Tac, is the primary commercial airport serving the Seattle metropolitan area in the United States state of Washington.
SEA is Alaska Airlines' main hub and the busiest airport in the Seattle metropolitan area. In terms of passenger traffic, it is one of the fastest-growing airports. Delta has increased its presence for its Asian routes. It also serves as a hub for travel to North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) - (46 M Passengers)
Charlotte Douglas International Airport, also known as Charlotte Douglas, Douglas Airport, or simply CLT, is an international airport located approximately six miles west of Charlotte's central business district. It is the tenth busiest airport in the United States, with 46 million passengers passing through. It serves as the hub for American Airlines, which operates 700 daily flights to over 149 destinations. There is one passenger terminal, four runways, and 115 gates at the airport.