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The ten most important airports in the USA

Can we still imagine the modern world without airplanes and airports? Of course not. For the United States of America in particular, such a question would be completely absurd. After all, half of the world's air traffic is handled in the USA.

Table of Contents
1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, IATA code: ATL | 2. Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, IATA code: ORD | 3. Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, IATA code: LAX | 4. Dallas - Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas, IATA code: DFW | 5. John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, IATA code: JFK | 6. San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, IATA code: SFO | 7. McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, IATA code: LAS | 8. Miami International Airport, Miami, IATA code: MIA | 9. Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, IATA code: CLT | 10. Denver International Airport, Denver, IATA code: DEN

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So it's no wonder that the North American continent is home to a number of the world's largest airports. But how exactly do you define “size”? This is usually based on the number of passengers, but the number of flight movements per year also plays a role. The number of gates is also often included in a ranking. In our list, we did not stick to one system, but instead included a few cultural aspects in addition to the economic importance. The result is a ranking of the definitely most important and interesting airports in the USA.

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, IATA code: ATL

We remain absolutely correct for first place and are based solely on the number of passengers handled. The top position therefore belongs to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, which is guaranteed to have the largest number of passengers; and has been continuously since 1998. With over 101 million passengers per year, the Hartsfield-Jackson Aiport in Atlanta is the undisputed top in the country. This is not least due to the fact that there are between almost 200 gates and the ATL airport is the hub for the strong airline "Delta". For international destinations, however, Hartsfield-Jackson is of rather subordinate importance. The passengers arriving and departing here are almost all on stopovers for domestic flights.

2. Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, IATA code: ORD

At number two in our ranking, almost 77 million passengers are handled every year. How many of them might know that the airport in Chicago got its name from a pilot who flew during World War II? With or without this knowledge, Chicago O'Hare Airport is the gateway to the American Midwest and, last but not least, the base for the US airline United Airlines. Opened in 1955, O’Hare has been and is continuously expanded, expanded and modernized. This doesn't just apply to the number of gates and runways. The connection of the airport to the city by local public transport (“Blue Line”) is also groundbreaking.

The architecture of the newer airport buildings contributes to the fact that Chicago O’Hare International has an excellent reputation. For example, the access to Terminal 1 was designed with semi-transparent panels in bright colors. The daring decision to use such an unusual material and thus also create a connection to the city's ambitious art scene earned those responsible a lot of praise (and of course a little criticism).

3. Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, IATA code: LAX

The "X" has a special meaning for Los Angeles International Airport. It is not only found in the famous code for the largest Californian airport. The airport building in Los Angeles also has an x-shaped floor plan and, by the way, is supposed to represent a UFO. Did those responsible already think of the movie “Star Wars” back then? Los Angeles International Airport is "only" number three in the ranking of US airports with almost 62 million passengers per year, but the density of stars and starlets there is likely to be unbeatable.

Everyone who has made a name for themselves in Hollywood regularly floats in and out there. And even if the VIPs can use secret lounges before departure, the chance to see a celebrity in “LAX” is the greatest of all airports.

4. Dallas - Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas, IATA code: DFW

The number four among US airports is still relatively young. The Dallas - Fort Worth International Airport was only opened in 1974. This was not least due to the fact that Dallas in particular, but also Texas as a whole, had excellent access to railways. Nevertheless, there too, one could not escape the trend to blow up. The corresponding airport was located exactly between Dallas and Fort Worth. Today it attracts over 64 million passengers annually, regardless of the railroad, who are generously handled here in five terminals. Why generous?

Because the airport is actually the second largest in the world in terms of area. In terms of area, it is only surpassed by the airport in Denver. The Dallas - Fort Worth International Airport serves as a hub for American Airlines. Incidentally, he was given a very special honor at its opening. At that time, a Concorde landed in the USA for the first time in the history of aviation.

5. John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, IATA code: JFK

It is the dream of every New York fan and one of the most important airports in the world: All those tourists who want to travel to the North of the USA in addition to the Big Apple land at John F. Kennedy Airport. JFK, as the airport is commonly known, was opened in 1942, at that time with the aim of supporting US troops in Europe during World War II. Today around 50 million passengers are handled here every year, many of them from Europe. The German airline Lufthansa also has a large base here in New York City.

The ranking position among the airports in the USA fluctuates from year to year, but JFK always ranks between 5 and 7. It has been one of the 20 most important airports worldwide for decades. In 1963 the airport was renamed after President John F. Kennedy; but shortly before he lost his life in an assassination attempt. Click here for more information about John F. Kennedy International Airport.

6. San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, IATA code: SFO

Although San Francisco is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the USA and one of the most important tourist destinations, the airport cannot boast superlatives. At least not with those that are important for a very good ranking. Even in the state of California, SFO “only” ranks second with around 47 million passengers a year. The crown of the country's most important airport goes to Los Angeles.

On the other hand, San Francisco scores thanks to its direct location on the Pacific with wonderful views during the approach and excellent connections to the city itself. The airport is particularly important as a hub for air traffic to the Pacific island states as well as to New Zealand and the Southeast Asian Space too.

7. McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, IATA code: LAS

There aren't many airports in the US that are already at full capacity. McCarran International Airport in the US state of Nevada is one such airport. Everyone who wants to get to know Las Vegas arrives here. Well over 40 million passengers are handled in “LAS” every year; the airport has a safe place among the 25 most important airports in the world. However, there is simply no more space left for expansion, so an additional airport elsewhere is being planned.

Will it, like McCarran International Airport, receive its guests with one-armed bandits as soon as they arrive? Who knows. McCarran will certainly keep one special feature after the new airport opens. Namely, he maintains a terminal exclusively for flights to and from military facilities in Nevada.

8. Miami International Airport, Miami, IATA code: MIA

Florida has experienced ups and downs in the past as a travel region and also in general in economic terms. It is currently working its way up impressively from a relatively low low. The number of tourists is increasing and the visitors who are coming now have money in their pockets- This is possibly (also) because the current President (Donald Trump) has invested heavily in Florida and spends most of his free time there.

The new boom is of course having an impact on Miami International Airport, which has four runways taking off and landing almost 40 million passengers every year - and the trend is rising. The fact that the MIA is able to handle the largest civil aircraft in the world, the Airbus 380, speaks for the optimism and foresight of the airport and the region.

9. Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, IATA code: CLT

The city of Charlotte in the US state of North Carolina may not be known to everyone, but the airport named after it has it all. Opened in 1954, it was initially only a relatively small provincial airport, which then developed rapidly from around the mid-1980s. Today, CLT is somewhere between six and ten in every ranking that is based either on the number of passengers or flight movements.

Charlotte Douglas has the largest number of non-stop flights to Asia in the USA and it is also a major hub for air traffic to the Caribbean islands.

10. Denver International Airport, Denver, IATA code: DEN

There is one thing you can't beat Denver International Airport: it is clearly the largest airport in the United States in terms of area. DEN can keep up with its competitors in other ways too. In 2016, a passenger volume of around 58 million travelers placed him in the top five. Both United Airlines and Frontier Airlines use Denver Airport as a hub. By the way, DEN is one of the youngest airports in the USA; it was only opened in 1995.