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Busiest Airports In The US.

Sun Dec 15, 2002 2:59 am

I was wondering, can anyone could give me a list of the busiest airports in the US? I am just curious about it so if anyone has any info thanks for sharing it Smile
 
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RE: Busiest Airports In The US.

Sun Dec 15, 2002 3:15 am

Here's a link to that info:
http://www.aic-na.org/doc/Ops.htm
This is the list for 2001.
 
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RE: Busiest Airports In The US.

Sun Dec 15, 2002 4:17 am

Define "busiest" [aircraft movements, air carrier transport movements, number of total pax, number of enplanements, number of O&D pax, number of connecting pax etc.].
Anyway, I believe that ATL hold them all at the moment.

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RE: Busiest Airports In The US.

Sun Dec 15, 2002 4:38 am

I don't have a website for you, I just printed these out from work. The November stats aren't in from all of the airports but here are the top 25 in total aircraft movements from November 2001 through October 2002. If your looking for the busiest airports in terms of passengers you'll have to look elsewhere, we in the FAA don't care as much about how many people are in the airplanes and those numbers always lag several months behind as they are harder to verify.

Rank Movements Airport
1..... 912513 ORD Chicago O'Hare
2..... 885491 ATL Atlanta Hartsfield
3..... 769493 DFW Dallas/Ft.Worth
4..... 638239 LAX Los Angeles International
5..... 581416 PHX Phoenix Sky Harbor
6..... 501688 MSP Minneapolis/St.Paul
7..... 498739 DEN Denver International
8..... 498022 VNY Van Nuys, CA
9..... 495571 LAS Las Vegas McCarran
10... 494283 DTW Detroit Metro Wayne County
11... 478404 CVG Greater Cincinnati International
12... 468632 PHL Philadelphia International
13... 465765 CLT Charlotte Douglas
14... 460671 IAH Houston George Bush Intercontinental
15... 452802 STL St.Louis Lambert
16... 444163 MIA Miami International
17... 436482 PIT Pittsburgh International
18... 426954 APA Denver Centennial
19... 409567 EWR Newark Liberty International
20... 406297 BOS Boston Logan
21... 403317 SLC Salt Lake City International
22... 398271 DVT Phoenix Deer Valley
23... 396319 MEM Memphis International
24... 394446 IAD Washington Dulles
25... 376517 SNA John Wayne Orange County
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RE: Busiest Airports In The US.

Sun Dec 15, 2002 4:55 am

I know that you didn't ask but since I work in a center here are the busiest Air Route Traffic Control Centers for the same period.

Rank.....Facility.........Total Flights

1 .. ZOB .. Cleveland . 3,025,129
2 .. ZTL .. Atlanta .... 2,924,939
3 .. ZAU .. Chicago .. 2,839,323
4 .. ZNY .. New York . 2,771,710
5 .. ZID .. Indianapolis 2,667,508
6 .. ZDC . Washington 2,567,983
7 .. ZME . Memphis ... 2,190,713
8 .. ZJX .. Jacksonville 2,179,570
9 .. ZMA . Miami ....... 2,169,354
10 . ZKC . Kansas City 2,134,311
11 . ZFW .Fort Worth .2,100,718
12 . ZMP .Minneapolis .2,042,515
13 . ZLA . Los Angeles 2,011,755
14 . ZHU .Houston .... 1,967,806
15 . ZBW Boston ...... 1,794,087
16 . ZAB .Albuquerque 1,739,281
17 . ZDV .Denver ...... 1,681,032
18 . ZOA .Oakland ..... 1,600,055
19 . ZLC . Salt Lake ... 1,517,028
20 . ZSE . Seattle ..... 1,279,266
21 . ZAN . Anchorage ... 594,591
22 . ZUA . Guam .......... 119,419

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One Clarification

Tue Dec 17, 2002 5:11 am

"Total movements" includes trainers that are taking off, circling the field and landing. (And do touch-and-gos count as one movement or two?) So it's slightly warped. There was one 12-month period (Fiscal 1967, maybe) when Opa Locka was #1 in the US by total movements.
 
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RE: Busiest Airports In The US.

Tue Dec 17, 2002 3:07 pm

Well, an airplane is an airplane. If your at the airport watching the planes, it doesn't matter whether it's a Cessna Skyhawk or a Boeing 777 it still takes up space in the pattern and space on the runway, and if a Skyhawk is landing then all of the 777's in the air still have to wait for that Skyhawk to land and clear the runway before they can land. But if we want to see what it would look like without the local traffic count and pretend that the Skyhawk's doing practice approaches are ghost ships, here are those stats:

Rank Movements Airport
1..... 912513 ORD Chicago O'Hare
2..... 883526 ATL Atlanta Hartsfield
3..... 756905 DFW Dallas/Ft.Worth
4..... 638239 LAX Los Angeles International
5..... 537166 PHX Phoenix Sky Harbor
6..... 501688 MSP Minneapolis/St.Paul
7..... 498510 DEN Denver International
8..... 495475 LAS Las Vegas McCarran
9 .... 488054 DTW Detroit Metro Wayne County
10... 478404 CVG Greater Cincinnati International
11... 468613 PHL Philadelphia International
12... 465765 CLT Charlotte Douglas
13... 460669 IAH Houston George Bush Intercontinental
14... 452423 STL St.Louis Lambert
15... 444163 MIA Miami International
16... 436479 PIT Pittsburgh International
17... 409560 EWR Newark Liberty International
18... 405083 BOS Boston Logan
19... 396282 MEM Memphis International
20... 394416 IAD Washington Dulles
21... 389868 SLC Salt Lake City International
22... 359055 SEA Seattle/Tacoma International
23... 359055 LGA New York Laguardia
24... 351196 SFO San Francisco International
25... 342330 VNY Van Nuys, CA

As you can see, with the loss of the local count Denver Centennial, Phoenix Deer Valley and John Wayne Orange County drop out of the top 25.

The thing I think is pretty amazing is that St.Louis Lambert is a very busy airport but O'Hare is still twice as busy as Lambert.
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RE: Busiest Airports In The US.

Tue Dec 17, 2002 5:00 pm

What's the deal with VNY? That kind of came out of left field didn't it?
 
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RE: Busiest Airports In The US.

Wed Dec 18, 2002 3:35 am

Van Nuys is a very busy general aviation airport and has been for several years. For spotters, if you're ever in the LA area, after you go to see the big jets landing on LAX's four widely spaced parallel runways you must go out to Van Nuys and see the orchestrated chaos of VNY on their two tightly spaced parallel runways. It's truly amazing to watch.
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RE: Busiest Airports In The US.

Wed Dec 18, 2002 3:45 am

Well since were sorta talking about general aviation now I might as well mention that Daytona Beach Int'l airport (KDAB) is crazy thanks to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and all the other flight school based at this airport. I have sat waiting on the taxiway up to 45 minutes before in a line with general aviation planes. That is a site to see. I am surprised this airport isnt in any list for top movements. I heard its in the top 10 based on all aircraft not just commercial.
 
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Question For ZID: Van Nuys

Wed Dec 18, 2002 4:07 am

Getting further off the subject:

Turns out that the parallel runways at Van Nuys are 375-376 feet apart according to the runway-end lat-lons on airnav.com. So according to the table at http://www1.faa.gov/atpubs/ATC/Chp3/atc0308.html
(scroll down a few) that means only single-engines can operate simultaneously on the two runways-- which, far as I can see, includes a takeoff alongside a landing.

Did VNY look legal, by that rule?

(Earlier discussion at http://www.airliners.net/discussions/tech_ops/read.main/4275/4/
 
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RE: Busiest Airports In The US.

Wed Dec 18, 2002 9:40 am

Denver Centennial is the 2nd busiest General Aviation airport in the nation after Van Nuys in Los Angeles.

It's quite a good place to do some spotting and you see all sorts of aircraft from small Cessna 172s to nice sleek Gulfstream V business jets.



http://www.centennial-airport.com

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RE: Busiest Airports In The US.

Wed Dec 18, 2002 1:49 pm

trnswrld, DAB is 29th busiest in the USA in terms of total movements and 4th in general aviation, in fact, here are the top ten in GA Nov.'01 through Oct.02:

Rank-GA Ops-Airport
1 .. 480825 . VNY Van Nuys, CA
2 .. 393019 . DVT Phoenix Deer Valley
3 .. 377764 . APA Denver Centennial
4 .. 347238 . DAB Daytona Beach International
5 .. 341218 . SFB Orlando Sanford
6 .. 330894 . PRC Prescott Love Field, AZ
7 .. 328290 . LGB Long Beach Daugherty Field
8 .. 320317 . RVS Tulsa Lloyd Jones Municipal
9 .. 276331 . SNA John Wayne Orange County
10 .270512 . GFK Grand Forks International, ND
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