Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Tue Aug 17th 2010 at 3:37pm UTC

America’s Busiest Airports

So, what are America’s busiest airports? Depends on what you measure, it turns out. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics compiles detailed statistics on America’s airports (via the NYT’s Catherine Rampell).

For domestic flights, Atlanta is the busiest airport, followed by Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, and LAX.

Miami takes the top spot for international flights, followed by JFK, Newark, Atlanta, and Houston.

What’s your favorite – and least favorite – airport?


One Response to “America’s Busiest Airports”

  1. Michael Wells Says:

    A few caviats:

    Domestic: Atlanta, OHare, DFW & Denver are big hubs or connections. People aren’t necessarily going to those coties but just passing through. Vegas & Orlando are big vacation/convention spots with subsidized airfare.

    International. Miami is gateway to Latin America, JFK/Newark to Europe, lA to Latin America and Asia. Atlanta is Delta’s hub.

    Interestingly, part of Southwest’s strategy was to go to older, closer-in airports that were being abandoned by other carries. As United, etc left Midway for O’Hare, Southwest moved in.

    I generally try to go to the smaller, less congested & much less hassle airport of a big city — Newark, not JFK. Oakland, not San Francisco. But they’re not favorites necessarily (except for Oakland’s 360• Burrito). Maybe my favorite American airport is Portland with local vendors, street pricing (if you pay $3 for a hot dog downtown you pay $3 at the airport), good food and light rail to downtown or easy parking. Denver is not bad. Most of the rest suck for the traveler — awful overpriced food, chain stores with dull selections, TV’s blaring that nobody is watching, some charge for wireless internet.

    Internationally I love Singapore, it’s like a small city unto itself. Great shopping, good places to hang out, lots of different kinds of food.