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Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:09 pm
by csweet
I did not see a thread going, but the top 10 busiest airports for ops has been released. ATL is no longer at the top!
The top ten ranked US airports by operations in 2018 were:

1. O'Hare, 903,747 operations

2. Atlanta (ATL), 895,502

3. Los Angeles (LAX), 707,833

4. Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), 667,213

5. Denver (DEN), 603,403

6. Charlotte (CLT), 550.013

7. Las Vegas (LAS), 539,866

8. San Francisco (SFO), 470,166

9. Houston (IAH), 488,740

10. New York (JFK), 461,054

Re: Top 10 busiest airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:26 pm
by cledaybuck
You might want to put US in the title.

Re: Top 10 busiest airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:31 pm
by trnswrld
Way to go ORD!!!

Re: Top 10 busiest airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:32 pm
by YoungDon
Looks like IAH and SFO should be flip-flopped

Re: Top 10 busiest airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:37 pm
by MoKa777
cledaybuck wrote:
You might want to put US in the title.


Yep, title needs an edit.

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:46 pm
by MIflyer12
And specify it's ops, not passengers, as the metric.

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:56 pm
by FTMCPIUS
Off topic but what's the difference between "the Top 10 busiest airports 2018" and "the 10 busiest airports 2018"?

Top is often used where it makes no sense. :hissyfit: Rant over.

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:01 pm
by sldispatcher
Always amazing to me that with the runway configuration that SFO has, that it can be in any 10 busiest for ops. Hats off to ATC for being able to handle that situation.

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:32 pm
by csweet
FTMCPIUS wrote:
Off topic but what's the difference between "the Top 10 busiest airports 2018" and "the 10 busiest airports 2018"?

Top is often used where it makes no sense. :hissyfit: Rant over.


Bud, I copied the title from the article, read the stats and take a deep breath.

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:35 pm
by TWFlyGuy
Good ole Charlotte continuing to outpunch its weight class.

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:38 pm
by wxtech
Thanks for posting this! Do you have a link to the article?

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:45 pm
by factsonly
And let's add Europe..................................................

1. O'Hare, 903,747 operations

2. Atlanta (ATL), 895,502

3. Los Angeles (LAX), 707,833

4. Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), 667,213

5. Denver (DEN), 603,403

6. Charlotte (CLT), 550.013

7. Las Vegas (LAS), 539,866

8. Amsterdam (AMS), 517.772

9. Frankfurt (FRA), 512.115

10. Houston (IAH), 488,740

11. Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), 480.940

12.. London Heathrow (LHR) 475.624

13. San Francisco (SFO), 470,166

14. New York (JFK), 461,054

15. Istanbul (IST), 454.046

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:56 pm
by yonikasz
Keep in mind there is a lot more RJ ops at ORD than ATL. I wouldn’t be surprised for ATL to keep its place as top airport by passengers.

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:59 pm
by sonicruiser
No surprise ORD is above ATL, anybody who's visited ORD would tell you that it physically feels and looks busier. It was a matter of time before the numbers caught up.

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:06 pm
by AAflyguy
ATL will have close to 107 million passengers for 2018, which is what ORD & MDW had combined in 2018. Yes, lots more smaller planes @ ORD vs ATL. DL’s upgauging has helped ATL soar in pax. 8K fewer aircraft operations spread over 365 days equates to 22 a day on average. But there’s a difference of almost 25 million in passenger activity between ORD & ATL, or about 2 million difference monthly. Good for ORD that UA & AA are going at each other with all of these new smaller markets, flown mostly by Regional Jets. That has been the key for ORD of late. And it’s awesome for enhancing connectivity to that hub from all sizes of markets and having stepped up competition.

AAFlyGuy

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:23 pm
by atcs89
And for those that want to see more....Here are the top 25 busiest US airports 2018.

1 ORD 903,747
2 ATL 895,502
3 LAX 707,833
4 DFW 667,213
5 DEN 603,403
6 CLT 550,013
7 LAS 539,866
8 SFO 470,166
9 IAH 466,740
10 JFK 461,054
11 EWR 452,021
12 SEA 438,391
13 PHX 434,252
14 BOS 429,334
15 MIA 416,032
16 MSP 406,913
17 DTW 393,681
18 PHL 379,665
19 LGA 368,865
20 MCO 355,533
21 FLL 333,465
22 SLC 332,404
23 HNL 316,050
24 IAD 305,543
25 DCA 297,048

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:32 pm
by hrc773
FTMCPIUS wrote:
Off topic but what's the difference between "the Top 10 busiest airports 2018" and "the 10 busiest airports 2018"?

Top is often used where it makes no sense. :hissyfit: Rant over.


Interesting. You're right; the word "Top" is not necessary at all. I think this is just a way to emphasize something, as is commonly done in TV commercials, i.e. "free gift", and other redundant terms. I'm sure the topic author didn't even think about it; it probably came out that way because we're just so used to hearing this.

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:21 pm
by usdcaguy
It’s interesting that CLT now has more movements than SEA. I suppose AA has expanded the hub operation there as the city continues to grow, but Seattle’s importance seems like it should eclipse Charlotte’s with two hubs there. I suppose larger aircraft at SEA may have something to do with it.

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:24 pm
by zakuivcustom
Well, ORD finally took back one "busiest" title. In terms of pax it'll probably be #3 in US after ATL and LAX, though.

All those 50-seaters that UA and AA loves helps :).

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:35 pm
by twaconnie
Amazing LGA 19th with only two intersecting runways,good job controllers.

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:48 pm
by csweet

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:51 am
by crownvic
TWFlyGuy wrote:
Good ole Charlotte continuing to outpunch its weight class.


And how many of those flights are RJs? What I would like to see is the ten busiest airports for mainline aircraft. CLT should take a nice fall!

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:12 am
by atcs89
26-50 US busiest airports by operations....



26 BWI 266,569
27 ANC 266,536
28 MDW 243,322
29 PDX 231,743
30 DAL 231,110
31 MEM 226,599
32 SAN 225,058
33 SNA 222,386
34 BNA 218,546
35 RDU 209,401
36 AUS 207,807
37 TPA 206,938
38 HOU 204,792
39 OAK 200,554
40 STL 193,754
41 SJC 192,015
42 TEB 174,747
43 SDF 168,988
44 IND 168,250
45 VNY 165,409
46 SAT 165,070
47 CVG 161,706
48 PIT 150,800
49 SJU 142,356
50 LGB 140,961

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:26 pm
by lightsaber
For those interested in pax, only updated through 1H2018:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of ... er_traffic

1. ATL 52.6 million pax
2. PEK 49.3
3. DXB 43.7
4. LAX 42.6
5. HND 41
6. ORD 39.4
7. LHR 38
8 HKG 36.9
9. PVG 36.6
10. DEL 35

So for passengers, ORD is in 3rd place for the first six months of 2018 for the USA, sixth globally. As noted, lots of RJs at ORD.

I find it facinating only LHR represents Europe as the sole representative in the top ten.

Lightsaber

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:36 pm
by StormRider
sldispatcher wrote:
Always amazing to me that with the runway configuration that SFO has, that it can be in any 10 busiest for ops. Hats off to ATC for being able to handle that situation.

As amazing as that is (slightly offtopic) BOM has 320,689 movements (2017) on just ONE runway...It would be around #24 on the US list with that.

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:23 am
by dc10lover
I always go by passenger count and only passenger count.