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2003 25 Busiest US Airports  
User currently offlineZID From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 294 posts, RR: 4
Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14499 times:

Based on total movements:

Rank - Movements - Airport code - Airport Name
1) 931422 ORD Chicago O'Hare
2) 911788 ATL Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson
3) 775900 DFW Dallas/Ft.Worth
4) 623370 LAX Los Angeles International
5) 591092 PHX Phoenix Sky Harbor
6) 510307 DEN Denver International
7) 508162 MSP Minneapolis/St.Paul
8) 505557 CVG Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
9) 501029 LAS Las Vegas McCarran
10) 492011 DTW Detroit Wayne County
11) 479080 IAH Houston George Bush Intercontinental
12) 460686 VNY Van Nuys
13) 445974 PHL Philadelphia International
14) 442388 CLT Charlotte Douglas
15) 411489 MIA Miami International
16) 410661 EWR Newark Liberty
17) 402362 MEM Memphis International
18) 400452 SLC Salt Lake City International
19) 394463 STL St.Louis Lambert
20) 389309 DVT Phoenix Deer Valley
21) 385303 SFB Orlando Sanford
22) 379439 BOS Boston Logan
23) 379369 LGA New York Laguardia
24) 365766 IAD Washington Dulles
25) 361459 APA Denver Centennial


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User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14265 times:

Interesting to note the lack of JFK.

User currently offlineKimmykun From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 445 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14247 times:

A link to the source would be nice.

Edit: 300th post -- whee!

[Edited 2004-03-07 03:14:03]

User currently offlineZID From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14123 times:

Source? The FAA traffic management computer at work.


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User currently offlineZID From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14096 times:

ScottishLaddie,

New York's John F. Kennedy was the 41st busiest US airport based on total aircraft movements in 2003 with 291,299 movements.



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User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14079 times:

That far down! I am surprised, I don't expect it too be too high, but 41st!

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 13974 times:

Notice how in the list there are 3 airports which recieve no airline service whatsoever. Pretty cool...  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineCanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2839 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 13906 times:

Does anyone have the list of passengers served at each airport? I'm sure JFK would be higher on that list due to the higher capacity of the aircraft that serve the airport. It would be interesting to compare.


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User currently offlineAlexchao From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 13896 times:

I'm sure this isn't the Busiest US Airports based on Commericial Movement, but Busiest US Airports based on All Movement.

User currently offlineZID From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 13882 times:

Yes Alexchao, total movements.


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User currently offlinePHXMKEflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 13875 times:

no offense but I could care less about "movements" at an airport. How about the 25 airports with the most passengers handled or take-off's and landings???

Correct me if i'm wrong but a "movement" may consist of everything from towing a plane to the hangar and little things like that.


User currently offlineZID From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 13836 times:

No PHXMKE, total movements consists of just takeoffs and landings.

[Edited 2004-03-07 04:48:11]


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User currently offlinePHXMKEflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 13794 times:

......are you sure Zid??  Insane

User currently offlineAirportplan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 13789 times:

Correct me if i'm wrong but a "movement" may consist of everything from towing a plane to the hangar and little things like that.

No. ACI's (Airport Council International)the official keeper of the records definition of movements are landing and takeoffs. Movements are more demanding on airports than passengers since you require much more infrastructure (i.e. gate, taxiways, runways etc.) That why when ORD slows down all other airports in the country slow down.


User currently offlineDB777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 44
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 13779 times:
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I've always looked at those figures with a grain of salt. I used to see MIA's figures in the mid to late 90's broken up by categories of aircraft operations and they always had far more military flights counted than I ever saw at the airport. Plus, I used to add up how many flights a day we assigned to gates, how many cargo flights we assigned to cargo positions and it was way lower than the total average daily flights for the airport and I know we didn't have hundreds of GA and military ops a day there.

And no offense but I'd rather photograph at an airport with more movements than numbers of passengers.



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User currently offlineZID From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13732 times:

Yes, I'm sure. The official FAA movement figure is based on tracked aircraft inbound to that airport and each ARTS track on departing aircraft. Besides PHXMKE, what in the heck is the rolling eyes thing for? You don't think that a thirteen year air traffic control veteran would know about these things?


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User currently offlineZID From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13721 times:

No airportplan, not unless that towed plane gets airborne like that TV commercial a few years ago.


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User currently offlinePHXMKEflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13687 times:

sorry Zid, thanks for clearing that up for me.....as far as the rolling eyes thing I couldn't get the face with the puzzled look and question mark to work...LOL ?:-l <-- see it didn't work  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineJFKviaPHX From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13646 times:

JFK has less aircraft movements because of the type of airport it is. It's the volume of passengers that counts there. If we look at gallons pumped of fuel a day we are one of the top. We pump close to 3.5 million gallons a day of jet-A. Give or take a few 100k. The JFK-NRT flights (747-400) can have around 50K gallons per flight into them. JFK averages about 8000 gallons per flight of jet-A pumped. That number includes the commuter jets and props along with B6 who at the most can have 5200 gallons pumped per flight to the west coast.

JFK might be low on movements, but we do make up for it other ways.


User currently offlineTheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13648 times:

I see two airports that get no airline service, at least that I know of:
Phoenix Deer Valley & Denver Centennial. What's the third one?

I hope that isn't Orlando Sanford, I bet some of our UK friends would beg to differ Big grin I gets a bunch of charter traffic and last time I checked it was the home to Pan Am (I'd hate to call it a hub).

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User currently offlineFlyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13626 times:

JFK is not a top airport when it comes to movements. While EWR, and LGA may have 10 RJ's landing in a 15 minute span, JFK could have a 747 land, and still have more passengers. When it comes to passengers movements, JFK is the busiest NY area airport, and would definitely be in the top 25 world airports.


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User currently offlineJFKviaPHX From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13600 times:

Deer Valley is way too small. It's more suited for personal aircraft and flight schools than commercial traffic.

User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1521 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13590 times:

VNY (Van Nuys) is the 3rd non-commercial service field on the list. What spot does SFO occupy on the list?


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User currently offlineZID From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13584 times:

GreatChecko, I believe that Flyf15's third is the busiest of the GA's, Van Nuys.


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User currently offlinePVD757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3412 posts, RR: 17
Reply 24, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 13559 times:

DB777: These numbers aren't made up, they are actual daily tallies of what happened at each airport. The FAA/airport's don't "pad" the numbers!

25 DB777 : As absurd as it sounds, back in the early 70's, Opa-locka Airport was THE busiest airport in the USA as far as aircraft movements are concerned. Opa-l
26 ZID : SFO - 32nd with 334,515 total movements.
27 PVD757 : DAB (aka Embry-Riddle International) can't be far off the top 25 either...
28 Post contains images TheGreatChecko : ZID, thanks, must have missed that one when I read it
29 ZID : In case anyone was wondering, Chicago Meigs - CGX was ranked 484th last year with 4,865 movements before Mayor Daley decided to give the "X" in it's i
30 ZID : PVD757, Daytona Beach - 31st with 336,862 movements. (Oops, sorry had to edit this one. I didn't folow the columns on the printout carefully enough.)
31 PVD757 : Yup, lots of "Echo-Romeo's" down there!!! Tons of student pilots, tons of touch-and-go's, and to make it even more fun parallel runways!
32 Aaway : DB777, At one time the L. A. area airports of VNY, LGB and SNA were also consistently in the top 10 for aircraft movements. Goes to show how expense a
33 DB777 : Aaway: I have no doubts that you are right about VNY, LGB and SNA, especially VNY. I've never given much thought as to how GA has gone downhill over t
34 FrontierA319 : Wow I'm surprised to see Centennial (APA) on there, considering its just a GA airport. I had no idea it was that busy. On a side and pointless note, I
35 Delta767300ER : I could care less about aircraft movements, however it is interesting. I care about passenger numbers. -Delta767300ER
36 TravisNC : Here are the 50 busiest airports in the US by passengers. These numbers are from ACI via Airliners World magazine. The last column is the percent chan
37 Post contains images 5T6 : I could care less about aircraft movements, however it is interesting. I care about passenger numbers. -Delta767300ER Well...I guess it depends on whe
38 Post contains images Hirisk : i'm suprised that CVG is #8 on the list! guess ya learn something new everyday
39 Portcolumbus : i'm suprised that CVG is #8 on the list! guess ya learn something new everyday I wasn't expecting much when I went to spot there, but man that place h
40 Fanoftristars : 5T6: I'll have to admit that Delta767300ER is right... More passengers = more commercial aircraft = more spotting fun. I'd much rather spot airplanes
41 Post contains images 5T6 : Fanoftristars... I guess it would depend on WHAT you like to watch. Here in El Paso, we don't get to see much of anything! I like 'em all! RJ's, GA, W
42 DB777 : Miami --- MIA --- 30,060,241 --- (5.1) Ft. Lauderdale --- FLL --- 17,037,261 --- 3.8 The above are very interesting figures to me because it wasn't th
43 AirplanePeanut : Sacramento --- SMF --- 8,510,924 --- 5.9 Thats Funny-Very Small airport :-P
44 Alphascan : 50 busiest airports in the US by passengers. Its hard to believe these are 2003 numbers. DFW had a larger % decline in passenger traffic than STL?
45 As739x : Am I missing something? Where is San Jose (SJC)? I would think that SJC is busier then OAK or at least near it. They must have over 5.6 million pax a
46 As739x : http://www.sjc.org/newsroom/fast_facts.html The Airport website says 11.1 million passengers which would rank is near MEM. TravisNC..where did you get
47 LTBEWR : Both of the lists posted here are very interesting. One thing that probably skews the movements list is where certain airports are hub airports for ce
48 Post contains links TravisNC : 50 busiest airports in the US by passengers. Its hard to believe these are 2003 numbers. DFW had a larger % decline in passenger traffic than STL? The
49 ZID : PortColumbus, CMH was 53rd with 237,979 movements. Just behind Houston Hobby (HOU) and Dallas Love (DAL), and just ahead of Tampa (TPA) and Nashville
50 Portcolumbus : Thank you ZID, appreciate it.
51 As739x : Where is CAK (Akron-Canton)? ASSFO
52 ZID : Well, I have a feeling that you're jerking my chain a little bit, but anyway: CAK was 165th with 126,369 movements. Just behind Amarillo (AMA) and Fli
53 Isitsafenow : Oh kiddies...Don't you think its a little strange that MCO is 16 in passengers and NOT on the top aircraft movement list? I also noticed Orlando Sanfo
54 Isitsafenow : I see MIA now but man oh man, thats low on the list. I have been there many times shooting photos and videos, and that place jumps with movements from
55 Captaink : PHL and CLT... before being exposed to US Airways, I didnt really know much about CLT at all. I am suprised to see it on a busy list, and under PHL, w
56 Gilesdavies : Where the hell is VNY??? Sorry Im not from the US but never heard of the place, heard of all the others... Are you sure it is correct??? You have ment
57 KBUF737 : How about BUF? Filler Filler
58 ScottysAir : How about FLL? Can you anyone to know about busiest US Airports from last year?
59 Phollingsworth : i'm suprised that CVG is #8 on the list! guess ya learn something new everyday Number 8 in movements, which is about where they rank for major interna
60 Portcolumbus : CVG is class Bravo.
61 Amazonphil : gilesdavies VNY is Van Nuys CA Phil
62 Post contains images SW733 : If you'd hate to be a controller at Daytona Beach because of Embry-Riddle, it would be even worse at GFK. At least Daytona has more than 3 scheduled f
63 Post contains images Corey07850 : At least the Daytona air traffic controllers make quite a bit of money due to all the traffic, plus they get to work in Daytona Beach
64 OklahomaSooner : VNY is about 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. I am not surprised VNY is so far up on the list. I currently live under the approach to VNY and c
65 Post contains images TrnsWrld : I can vouch for Daytona being insanely busy at times as I am a Riddle pilot there. I have spent over an hour before at the 8am morning ruch trying to
66 DLKAPA : 25) 361459 APA Denver Centennial Glad to see part of my username on the list. Living under one of the arrival patterns at Centennial, I can definitely
67 Haveric : CaptainK -- PHL receives a lot of flights from non-US carriers. It is the 5th largest city in the US, and the 2nd largest on the East Coast. The only
68 Afitch7881 : Scottsdale Arizona's airport is usually one of the busiest in the US also....
69 Post contains images HlywdCatft : **Correct me if i'm wrong but a "movement" may consist of everything from towing a plane to the hangar and little things like that.** I thought it was
70 PHXMKEflyer : TrnsWrld: I'm not interested in GA aircrafts, I would much rather watch Boeing's and Airbuses not a bunch of Cessena's and Piper's. Meaning airports w
71 MIAMIx707 : I know some airports receive a huge number of little bizjets and cessnas. But SFB more movements than MCO? U gotta be kidding me, I've been to SFB eno
72 HlywdCatft : **I know some airports receive a huge number of little bizjets and cessnas. But SFB more movements than MCO? U gotta be kidding me, I've been to SFB e
73 ZID : Well, instead of having people become enlightened and thanking me for posting this information, we have people questioning these FAA stats based on th
74 ZID : For the last few that asked about their airports: Pittsburgh (PIT) 26th 361,329 movements Orlando (MCO) 36th 301,322 movements Ft.Lauderdale (FLL) 43r
75 Polnebmit : How does ANC fare in the list? They are a pretty busy hub between lower 48 States and Asia, including some "over the North Pole" flights to Europe.
76 Aaway : ZID, Do you work at Indy Center?
77 ZID : Yep. My area of specialization consists of : Livingston, Tennessee to Harlan County, Kentucky up to Richmond, Kentucky to Taylor County, Kentucky and
78 Aaway : "...back down to Livingston from Flight Level 240 to Flight Level 600." Isn't this an unusually wide spead of flight levels for one sector to cover? I
79 Flyf15 : Does a movement consist of a takeoff or landing...or a takeoff and landing? Say 1000 movements...is that 1000 takeoffs and 1000 landings, or roughly 5
80 Post contains images ERJ : Since you listed Daytona, can you give me Prescott PRC? We used to be the busiest airport without radar, but that could've changed by now. I don't car
81 ZID : Aaway, The first geographic area is served by two sectors. One serves the high altitude stratum from FL240 to FL310, and the other serves the super-hi
82 Aaway : "Does a movement consist of a takeoff or landing...or a takeoff and landing?" A movement can consist of one or the other. All of the movement totals l
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