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The 30 largest airports and airlines in the United States

For the 30 biggest airports in the United States we provided further information. Alone at John F Kennedy International Airport operate 74 airlines to and from 162 destinations.

Out of the 80 airlines of the country we have listed biggest 30. American Airlines is leading here with a total of 432 flight destinations.

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The largest airports in the USA

The USA is in many respects a country of gigantomania. Thus, US airports are often a bit larger than in other countries. Even the term "aeorodrome" used in American suggests sheer size. In the statistics of international aviation organizations, numerous U.S. airports regularly appear among the world's largest, and the figures for passengers and cargo handled are quite impressive. Year after year, a significant portion of the top lists consists of U.S. airports. It is estimated that U.S. airports handle half of the world's air traffic.

JFKJohn F Kennedy International AirportNew York74162
LAXLos Angeles International AirportLos Angeles62149
ORDChicago O'Hare International AirportChicago46206
MIAMiami International AirportMiami43135
SFOSan Francisco International AirportSan Francisco42104
IADWashington Dulles International AirportWashington39126
ATLHartsfield Jackson Atlanta International AirportAtlanta37217
EWRNewark Liberty International AirportNewark35153
MCOOrlando International AirportOrlando35102
BOSGeneral Edward Lawrence Logan International AirportBoston34103
LASMcCarran International AirportLas Vegas34133
SEASeattle Tacoma International AirportSeattle3390
MSYLouis Armstrong New Orleans International AirportNew Orleans3339
DFWDallas Fort Worth International AirportDallas-Fort Worth33187
IAHGeorge Bush Intercontinental Houston AirportHouston32169
SANSan Diego International AirportSan Diego2955
HNLDaniel K Inouye International AirportHonolulu2651
FLLFort Lauderdale Hollywood International AirportFort Lauderdale2597
PHXPhoenix Sky Harbor International AirportPhoenix2491
DENDenver International AirportDenver24169
DTWDetroit Metropolitan Wayne County AirportDetroit23135
TPATampa International AirportTampa2368
PHLPhiladelphia International AirportPhiladelphia23122
AUSAustin Bergstrom International AirportAustin1942
RDURaleigh Durham International AirportRaleigh/Durham1939
RSWSouthwest Florida International AirportFort Myers1933
MSPMinneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain AirportMinneapolis18130
CLTCharlotte Douglas International AirportCharlotte18141
BWIBaltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall AirportBaltimore1772
STLSt Louis Lambert International AirportSt Louis1660

Oldest airport in the world: College Park, Maryland

In fact, the history of aviation also began in the United States. The Wright brothers founded the world's first airport in College Park, Maryland, in 1909. In 1911, the first civilian flight took place from there. To this day, the airport has been in operation without interruption. With only one runway of 2607 feet in length, it does not play a significant role in international air traffic. However, the aviation museum, which has been attached to the airport since 1981, has regularly attracted numerous aviation enthusiasts since its opening. Among other things, the museum has its own hangar with 10 historic airplanes and helicopters.

Entering the USA

Those wishing to enter the USA from abroad first have to overcome a few hurdles. Entry is possible either with a visa or the electronic entry permit "ESTA". The passport is not sufficient. While the visa must be applied for in advance, ESTA is much easier in theory. Once issued, it allows any number of entries of up to 90 days each over a period of 2 years. But the ESTA must also be issued in advance, otherwise already the airlines will refuse the departure in the home country.

The controls at US airports are known to take comparatively long and to be stricter than in many other countries. One of the reasons for this is that officials are given much more extensive discretionary powers. For example, the border official himself can decide to refuse or shorten a visa that has already been issued after all. Questioning and searches of cell phones and laptops have been permitted at any time for years for security reasons.

Particularly fast passage through the immigration counters is possible in Boston, Dallas, Denver, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington. Significantly more time should be allowed in Los Angeles, Miami and at JFK New York.

The 30 biggest airlines based in the United States

AAAmerican (American Airlines)432
UAUnited (United Airlines)430
DLDelta (Delta Air Lines)351
USU S Air (US Airways)337
ASInc. (Alaska Airlines)137
G4Allegiant (Allegiant Air)95
WNSouthwest (Southwest Airlines)95
FLCitrus (AirTran Airways)93
7HErah (Era Alaska)92
B6Jetblue (JetBlue Airways)86
F9Frontier Flight (Frontier Airlines)84
NKSpirit Wings (Spirit Airlines)54
9KCair (Cape Air)39
BKDistrict (Potomac Air)38
HAHawaiian (Hawaiian Airlines)31
ZKLakes Air (Great Lakes Airlines)29
8EBering Air29
W3World Scale Airlines29
9EFlagship (Pinnacle Airlines)25
3MSilver Wings (Silver Airways (3M))25
K5Sasquatch (SeaPort Airlines)21
VXRedwood (Virgin America)21
SYSun Country (Sun Country Airlines)18
BBSeaborne (Seaborne Airlines)18
KSPeninsula (Peninsula Airways)14
S5Mercury (Shuttle America)13
M5Kenmore (Kenmore Air)12
QHAir Florida12
TJT.j. Air (T.J. Air)9
J5Alaska Seaplane Service9