|Quoting Thestooges (Reply 44):|
I find it amazing that 16 of the top 30 airports are located in the USA and that only 6 are located in Europe.
I assume that this is a result of the the massive hubbing operations that occur in the states, whereas in Europe most flights within the continent are point to point. Another factor may be that the recent increase in low cost airlines in Europe has occurred mainly at secondary airports.
Does anyone know what the overall traffic figures are for the USA vs Europe. Defining what is Europe may be difficult but I would suggest it would be all the present EU states including Norway, Switzerland, the former Yugoslavian countries, Belarus, Ukraine and the western part of Russia.
U.S. hub airports are larger than European or Asian airports and will be for the near future simply because U.S. airlines carry more passengers. For example American Airlines carries more passengers annually than AF
combined. In addition, many of the US airport expansion programs currently under construction or on the drawing board will dramatically increase this lead. The ORD
expansion program which is currently underway will add four new parallel runways and two new terminals. ATL
recently add a new runway and is planning a new terminal. But in the more distance future (20-30 years) it is expect that Asian airports particularly in China and India will take the lead as incomes in those countries increase and more people take to the air.
Total (International + Domestic)
Rank Airline Thousands
1 American Airlines Inc. 98,038
2 Delta Air Lines, Inc 86,007
3 United Airlines 66,717
4 Northwest Airlines, Inc. 57,547
5 Japan Airlines International 50,884
6 Deutsche Lufthansa A.G. 48,958
7 All Nippon Airways 48,315
8 Société Air France 47,787
9 China Southern Airlines 43,228
10 Continental Airlines, Inc 42,777
Source: IATA 2005 WATS