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Largest Airports In The U.S.A.  
User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 34024 times:

I did a little search and have not seen a thread about this topic. I was wondering earlier this evening, what are the largest airports (geographically, not numbers of flights or passengers flown) in the continental U.S. And I have broken it down to two categories. Military like ADW and Civilian use like IND. Now of course, civil airports like IND do have military flights in and out. CHS is joint use between civilian use and military use (and I believe CHS is owned by the DoD). EDW is almost strictly military. Now I am assuming ADW would be the largest military (by land size). What are the largest civilian airports in the lower 48? DEN the largest? Just looking at the chart of DEN the place is HUGE. No wonder why they have 4 ARFF Stations on field. Where are LAX, ORD, ATL, IAH, DFW, BOS, MCO and rest rank on the list? Interesting to think about.

David


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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 34038 times:

I believe DFW is right up there... something like 17,000 acres?


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User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 33971 times:

While looking into MCO I found this on Wikipedia:

"Today, MCO covers 23 square miles (60 km²), and is the third-largest airport in the United States by area (after Denver and Dallas)"

23 sq miles = 14,720 acres. Of course, we do have a lot of land that isn't taxiways, runways, or buildings. In other words, a lot of woods, and a lot of expandability.


User currently offlineFlyIGuy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 33959 times:

IAD was 10,000 acres when the airport opened in 1962 and then in 2006 aquired more land for a total of 11,830 Acres.


Just my 0.02



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16870 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 33892 times:

Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst would be one of the largest if not the largest, it's something like 65,000 acres and was formed by merging McGuire Air Force Base, Fort Dix and Lakehurst Naval Enginering station all of which were adjacent to one another. They are now one base, controlled by the Air Force but with the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and soon Marine Corps as tennants of the Air Force.

They're building like crazy, the new Marine Corps MAG Headquarters and hangars are almost done. Huge project, they just broke ground on the Navy hangars a couple months ago. New Army vehicle maintenance facilities, all new housing etc.. They need to update the PX/BX, Commissary, and the Class six.

http://www.samephiladelphiapost.org/...B%20McGuire%20Brief%20Sep%2008.pdf

Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst:

6 runways
117 aircraft

Right now:

Active Air Force:

32 KC-10s
13 C-17s

Air National Guard:
8 KC-135Rs
2 C-32s

Coming in Fall 2010:

Marine Corps:

11 CH-53E
11 AH-1/UH-1s

Army Reserve:

3 C-35s
5 C-12s

Navy:

4 C-9s
4 C-130Ts
1 C-12

New Jersey Army National Guard:

18 UH-60s
4 UH-72s
1 C-17



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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2700 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 33854 times:



Quoting Tiger119 (Thread starter):
Now I am assuming ADW would be the largest military (by land size).

Not even close. In fact I think ADW is one of the smaller military airbases in the USA for land size. It is surrounded by Washington, DC suburbs and has very little if any room for expansion. My guess is that EDW is the largest military airbase in the USA. I was there many years ago and that place is huge.


User currently offlinePITops From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1442 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 33818 times:

If you are talking strictly commercial, I think the top 4 are DEN, DFW, MCO, PIT. I think JFK is right up there as well.


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User currently offlineKingCavalier From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 1306 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 33741 times:

At 53 square miles DEN is the largest in the US and the third largest in the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver_International_Airport



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User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 33549 times:



Quoting Pilotboi (Reply 2):
Of course, we do have a lot of land that isn't taxiways, runways, or buildings. In other words, a lot of woods, and a lot of expandability

- MCO has lakes on their property as well. It's kind of neat taxiing from the terminal on taxiways around lakes. Pretty sight seen from a person who has spent the previous several months looking at nothing but frozen ponds during the winter!

Quoting Bohica (Reply 5):
Not even close. In fact I think ADW is one of the smaller military airbases in the USA for land size. It is surrounded by Washington, DC suburbs and has very little if any room for expansion. My guess is that EDW is the largest military airbase in the USA.

- I do not know what the heck I was thinking when I type that, I was thinking EDW and for some reason typed "ADW" H.U.A. at the time I guess.

Cold in HFY,

David



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User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3629 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 33502 times:



Quoting PITops (Reply 6):
I think JFK is right up there as well.

JFK is only 4,930 acres. It's really not that big; it's very compact for a big-city airport.



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User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 33361 times:



Quoting Spacecadet (Reply 9):
JFK is only 4,930 acres. It's really not that big; it's very compact for a big-city airport.

- It sounds like it if you listen to JFK Ground ATCT. I have never flown into JFK, just LGA (which is also compact in itself). A friend of mine who is domiciled in NYC flies out of JFK all the time and says sometimes JFK is a real treat and there are times when they sit on a taxiway like it's a parking lot. It seems like traffic flow (taxi traffic) at DEN is fairly smooth because it is so spread out.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15744 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 33322 times:



Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 8):
MCO has lakes on their property as well. It's kind of neat taxiing from the terminal on taxiways around lakes. Pretty sight seen from a person who has spent the previous several months looking at nothing but frozen ponds during the winter!

When I flew there in 2001 there I saw an alligator lounging beside one of the ponds.

Quoting Tiger119 (Thread starter):
No wonder why they have 4 ARFF Stations on field.

STL has four as well, though that is a far smaller airport.



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User currently offlineAcey From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 1037 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 33219 times:

The obvious DFW, DEN, MCO, ATL, even DTW's got 4 parallels... but no doubt ORD is pretty big too?


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User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3404 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 32929 times:

Having flown out of DFW and IAH several times in the past few months, they both sit on a very large area of land.

User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3629 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 32856 times:



Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 10):
A friend of mine who is domiciled in NYC flies out of JFK all the time and says sometimes JFK is a real treat and there are times when they sit on a taxiway like it's a parking lot.

I've thankfully never been stacked up, but I know they occasionally get up to 40 or 50 planes and I can't even figure out where they put them! It doesn't seem like there'd be enough space between any of the terminals and any of the possible active runways.

The nice thing about JFK's layout is that depending on the airline and runway assignment, you can land there, turn off the runway and literally be at your terminal. I usually fly ANA, and we usually get runway 4 on landing, meaning we have a taxi of about 5 seconds. It feels a lot like pulling off a highway into a parking lot and then gliding right into a parking space in one motion.

I have been at other airports where you have to taxi around for 45 minutes - that's the big downside of large airports.



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User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10427 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 32267 times:

Barksdale AFB, LA is over 22,000 acres.......if you have access to the base, you can drive to the east side where you can spot wildlife.....gators, herons, etc. in their natural habitat.


I believe that Lackland AFB, TX is the largest AFB in the U.S., WITHOUT a runway. Nearby Kelly AFB takes care of that.


Lastly, I don't have the figures, but I don't think ORD is as large as it is thought, compared to some others.

[Edited 2009-12-19 08:19:29 by mayor]


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User currently offlineBrucek From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 31642 times:



Quoting KingCavalier (Reply 7):

If I recall correctly, when DEN opened (I am in Denver) it was quoted as being the geographical size of ORD plus DFW together.

Bruce.


User currently offlineCactus105 From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 30884 times:

KDEN.. 53 Square miles- that's nearly 34000 acres.


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User currently offlineMCOatc From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 30552 times:

As others have mentioned, the top three commercial are DEN, DFW, and then MCO. I'm almost certain that as far as the military goes, VPS is the largest at over 460,000 acres.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):
Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 8):
MCO has lakes on their property as well. It's kind of neat taxiing from the terminal on taxiways around lakes. Pretty sight seen from a person who has spent the previous several months looking at nothing but frozen ponds during the winter!

When I flew there in 2001 there I saw an alligator lounging beside one of the ponds.

And more turtles than you can imagine, along with the every other bit of nature. The other night B6 almost took out the tower mascot, the evasive McCoy coyote..... run Wiley run!


User currently offline707lvr From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 585 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 30375 times:

I'm kind of surprised no one mentioned Eglin AFB. Right good sized (463,128 acres.)

User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15744 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 30358 times:



Quoting 707lvr (Reply 19):
I'm kind of surprised no one mentioned Eglin AFB. Right good sized (463,128 acres.)

Someone did.

Quoting MCOatc (Reply 18):
VPS is the largest at over 460,000 acres




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User currently offlineN911YX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 30136 times:



Quoting Tiger119 (Thread starter):
Where are LAX, ORD, ATL, IAH, DFW, BOS, MCO and rest rank on the list? Interesting to think about.

MCI is well over 10,000 acres.

http://flykci.com/Newsroom/Backgrounder/Index.htm


User currently onlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1632 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 29846 times:



Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 10):
It seems like traffic flow (taxi traffic) at DEN is fairly smooth because it is so spread out.

It's also due to the fact that the airport was constructed with a pinwheel-type layout that specifically reduces taxi distances. By arriving on a runway facing toward the terminals and departing on a runway facing away from the terminals, aircraft theoretically never have to taxi the full length of a runway. Of course, DEN's massive land area was the main reason the designers were able to create this efficient layout.



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User currently offlineJetmatt777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2788 posts, RR: 32
Reply 23, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 29846 times:

OKC has 8,800 acres.


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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10031 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 29524 times:
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Quoting Tiger119 (Thread starter):
LAX, ORD, ATL, IAH, DFW, BOS, MCO

LAX and ORD are somewhat smaller than DFW and DEN-sized airports. I remember ORD being quoted at around 10,000 acres, but that was some years ago. Might be bigger now.

BOS is freaking tiny for a major city. The airport covers something like 2500 acres.

Quoting Mayor (Reply 15):
I believe that Lackland AFB, TX is the largest AFB in the U.S., WITHOUT a runway. Nearby Kelly AFB takes care of that.

It's difficult to characterize the size of airbases. If you take census data, that only applies to the "city" part of the base. Many of the bases have vast swaths of land that are basically empty (Edwards and Eglin come to mind). Then there are training and bombing ranges, like Tonopah.



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25 Mir : JFK is tiny for the number of operations it has. Just don't get a big wind shift when you're #3 in the takeoff line - you'll be taxiing FOREVER. And
26 Ckfred : I flew into MCO last month and wondered where the terminal was as we were taxiing in. It was behind a sizable grove of trees. ORD will increase in si
27 Sparky35805 : Dont forget MCOs military heritage.It was originally McCoy Air Force Base.Commercial operations started there in the early 60s with jet traffic.ORL (H
28 AFORMSGUY : Charleston AFB/International runways are maintained by the DoD but the Air Trafflic Controllers are FAA, not military. The US Government took over the
29 COPTER808 : Aren't we comparing apples to oranges here when we compare civil airports to military bases? Most civil airports consist of the runways and supporting
30 LAXLocal : LAX only occupies 3500 acres.....all that with more then 60 million + passengers per year ( 7th busiest in the world) Although tiny in comparison to D
31 Steeler83 : Ok, we've already covered DEN being the largest airport in size, followed by MCO and DFW. Man, at 53 square miles, DEN is almost as big as the City of
32 BOSSAN : I made a list of acreages of airports some time ago. Some are hard to find. The largest 20 (was 15) US airports (that I found) plus the ones they repl
33 Ouboy79 : Nice list. Pop OKC in there... If we can keep a running list that'd be pretty nice to keep things organized.
34 BOSSAN : Done!
35 Tiger119 : - How many of the airports on BOSSAN's list fit in one county? MCO (I believe) is all in Orange County, FL but DFW is half in Dallas County, TX and t
36 KingCavalier : Does anyone know how many acres at DEN is fenced in? A lot of the acreage for the airport is leased out to adjacent farms.
37 Ktrick45 : Yes. Part in Moon Township, part in Findlay Township, but all in Allegheny County.
38 Mayor : Not really sure how much expansion room there is left, around ORD. On the south it's constrained by the railroad yards, on the east by the tollway sy
39 Airportplan : With the ORD Moderenzation Program ORD will go from 7,700 acres to roughly 8,200 acres and from 7 runways to 8 runways (6 parallel). The final lawsui
40 Mayor : Yeah, but really, where else is there room to expand. The cemetery and housing in Bensonville was already north of Irving Park Road. They're finding
41 Acidradio : According to MSP's website, they come in at 3400 acres. Wow I was convinced it was significantly larger than that... At least when I worked there it s
42 Post contains links Airportplan : Since ORD is going from intersecting runways to parallel runways they on need to aquire a few hundred acres in the NW and SW corners of the airport.
43 Steeler83 : Ktrick alredy beat me to it... To elaborate, the old PIT terminal was located in Moon Twp at what is now the Airside Business Park. the new terminal,
44 BOSSAN : I am fascinated by the cancelled airport projects from right around 1970, when cities were planning for the forthcoming supersonic aircraft and its en
45 787EWR : I now fly out of JFK quite a bit now, mostly up to Boston on B6. Departing early in the morning, you normally go out on 31L(puts you over the bay and
46 NASCARAirforce : Not as much expandability as you think. MCO is longer than it is wide - no room for a 5th parallel runway, unless you put it between 17R/17L. To the
47 SW733 : I believe so, yes. It feels bigger than Eglin, at least.
48 Acey : Anyone familiar with DTW's usage of their current 4 parallels to know how likely any of these scenarios are?
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