Airports in U.S.

How Many Airports are There in the U.S.?

The United States takes third place in the world by territory, with over 9.8 million square kilometers and a variety of landscape types and climate zones. That’s why air travel and cargo transportation are prevalent in this country. In addition, the United States is one of the top five most visited countries in the world. According to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) data, the average passenger rate for US airports is around 3 million people per day. 26% (over 5,000) airports are state-owned and 74% (about 14,000) are private ones.

FAA Airport Subcategories

The FAA rates the airports into four sub-categories. The ranking is based on the number of passengers served by the airport each year. It means that by the end of the year, any USA airport could be in a different category. The sub-categories names thus don’t reflect the actual size of the airport (which can be quite big for a Small sub-category). The airport rated as Small Hub (e.g., ALB) can also serve a considerable number of travelers (over 1.5 M).

FAA rates the airports into four tiers:

  • L stands for Large Hub airport. The airport should handle at least 1% of the total air passenger traffic of the U.S. or 10.9 M passengers a year.
  • M goes for Medium Hub. These US airports take less than 1% but more than 0.25% of boardings or 2 to 10 M passengers.
  • S stands for Small Hub. These airports’ passenger share is between 0.05% and 0.25%, or between 550,000 and 2.7 M.
  • N means non-Primary Hub. Such an airport handles over 10,000 boardings but doesn’t get 0.05% (550,000) of the total turnover.

Number of Air Transport Passengers

From 2006 to 2019, the total number of air travelers arriving to and departing from US airports was increasing almost gradually. The high demand for air travel has resulted in the expansion of airlines and the development of airports. In 2019, airports in all states served 253 M passengers. In 2021, the total passenger revenue of air-based transportation exceeded $145 billion. There were 18 major airlines, while total revenue gained made $130.85 billion per year.
In 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, international traffic to and from the U.S. decreased considerably. In 2021, the passenger number made 67 M air travelers, the majority of which took domestic flights.

Airport Codes in the USA

  • IATA codes are used worldwide and are made up of three letters. In many cases, the letters correspond to the airport’s full name (like MGM, BUR, or COS). However, some codes differ significantly from the actual airport names (SMF, MCO, IAD). IATA codes are used for organizational purposes, communication between pilots and travel coordinators, in computer systems, on baggage tags.
  • ICAO codes are used by aviation professionals for flight planning, internal communication, and operational matters. An ICAO code is made up of four characters, both letters and digits. Often, ICAO codes repeat the IATA codes with an addition of a letter or a digit (KJFK, KSAN, KCVG), but might differ from them as well (PHTO).

First Airport in the U.S.

The first world airport—College Park Airport—was constructed in the United States, in 1909, by the Wright brothers. The first civilian deplanement was performed in 1911 here. The airport is located in the City of College Park, Maryland, and it is still operational. The airport’s IATA code is CGS. Though its passenger number cannot be compared to any international airport in the USA, CGS is very popular among aeronautics fans thanks to its museum opened in 1981. The museum, moreover, has a hangar with ten historic aircraft models.

Ports of Entry into the U.S.

In general, the border control rules at airports in the US are pretty strict. The clearance process is more time-consuming than in many other countries, and border control officers have extended authority. The officer might ask lengthy questions and even search personal gadgets like mobile phones and laptops. It’s also within the officer’s authority to reduce the visa validity period or cancel the previously issued visa.

However, due to different security systems applied, border control, at some airports, takes less time than at others. In Boston, Dallas, and San Francisco, all formalities can be completed in 45 minutes. In Miami, New York, or Los Angeles, it can take you from two to four hours instead.

United States Airports

Alabama AL
Birmingham International Airport BHM
Dothan Regional Airport DHN
Huntsville International Airport HSV
Mobile MOB
Montgomery AK
Alaska AK
Anchorage International Airport ANC
Fairbanks International Airport FAI
Juneau International Airport JNU
Arizona AZ
Flagstaff FLG
Phoenix, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport PHX
Tucson International Airport TUS
Yuma International Airport YUM
Arkansas AR
Fayetteville FYV
Little Rock National Airport LIT
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport XNA
California CA
Burbank BUR
Fresno FAT
Long Beach LGB
Los Angeles International Airport LAX
Oakland OAK
Ontario ONT
Palm Springs PSP
Sacramento SMF
San Diego SAN
San Francisco International Airport SFO
San Jose SJC
Santa Ana SNA
Colorado CO
Aspen ASE
Colorado Springs COS
Denver International Airport DEN
Grand Junction GJT
Pueblo PUB
Connecticut CT
Hartford BDL
Tweed New Haven HVN
District of Columbia DC
Washington, Dulles International Airport IAD
Washington National Airport DCA
Florida FL
Daytona Beach DAB
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport FLL
Fort Meyers RSW
Jacksonville JAX
Key West International Airport EYW
Miami International Airport MIA
Orlando MCO
Pensacola PNS
St. Petersburg PIE
Sarasota SRQ
Tampa TPA
West Palm Beach PBI
Panama City-Bay County International Airport PFN
Georgia GA
Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport ATL
Augusta AGS
Savannah SAV
Hawaii HI
Hilo ITO
Honolulu International Airport HNL
Kahului OGG
Kailua KOA
Lihue LIH
Idaho ID
Boise BOI
Illinois IL
Chicago Midway Airport MDW
Chicago, O’Hare International Airport ORD
Moline MLI
Peoria PIA
Indiana IN
Evansville EVV
Fort Wayne FWA
Indianapolis International Airport IND
South Bend SBN
Iowa IA
Cedar Rapids CID
Des Moines DSM
Kansas KS
Wichita ICT
Kentucky KY
Lexington LEX
Louisville SDF
Louisiana LA
Baton Rouge BTR
New Orleans International Airport MSY
Shreveport SHV
Maine ME
Augusta AUG
Bangor BGR
Portland PWM
Maryland MD
Baltimore BWI
Massachusetts MA
Boston, Logan International Airport BOS
Hyannis HYA
Nantucket ACK
Worcester ORH
Michigan MI
Battlecreek BTL
Detroit Metropolitan Airport DTW
Detroit DET
Flint FNT
Grand Rapids GRR
Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport AZO
Lansing LAN
Saginaw MBS
Minnesota MN
Duluth DLH
Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport MSP
Rochester RST
Mississippi MS
Gulfport GPT
Jackson JAN
Missouri MO
Kansas City MCI
St Louis, Lambert International Airport STL
Springfield SGF
Montana MT
Billings BIL
Nebraska NE
Lincoln LNK
Omaha OMA
Nevada NV
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport LAS
Reno-Tahoe International Airport RNO
New Hampshire NH
Manchester MHT
New Jersey NJ
Atlantic City International Airport ACY
Newark International Airport EWR
Trenton TTN
New Mexico NM
Albuquerque International Airport ABQ
Alamogordo ALM
New York NY
Albany International Airport ALB
Buffalo BUF
Islip ISP
New York, John F Kennedy International Airport JFK
New York, La Guardia Airport LGA
Newburgh SWF
Rochester ROC
Syracuse SYR
Westchester HPN
North Carolina NC
Asheville AVL
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport CLT
Fayetteville FAY
Greensboro GSO
Raleigh RDU
Winston-Salem INT
North Dakota ND
Bismark BIS
Fargo FAR
Ohio OH
Akron CAK
Cincinnati CVG
Cleveland CLE
Columbus CMH
Dayton DAY
Toledo TOL
Oklahoma OK
Oklahoma City OKC
Tulsa TUL
Oregon OR
Eugene EUG
Portland International Airport PDX
Portland, Hillsboro Airport HIO
Salem SLE
Pennsylvania PA
Allentown ABE
Erie ERI
Harrisburg MDT
Philadelphia PHL
Pittsburgh PIT
Scranton AVP
Rhode Island RI
Providence — T.F. Green Airport PVD
South Carolina SC
Charleston CHS
Columbia CAE
Greenville GSP
Myrtle Beach MYR
South Dakota SD
Pierre PIR
Rapid City RAP
Sioux Falls FSD
Tennessee TN
Bristol TRI
Chattanooga CHA
Knoxville TYS
Memphis MEM
Nashville BNA
Texas TX
Amarillo AMA
Austin Bergstrom International Airport AUS
Corpus Christi CRP
Dallas Love Field Airport DAL
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport DFW
El Paso ELP
Houston, William B Hobby Airport HOU
Houston, George Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH
Lubbock LBB
Midland MAF
San Antonio International Airport SAT
Utah UT
Salt Lake City SLC
Vermont VT
Burlington BTV
Montpelier MPV
Rutland RUT
Virginia VA
Dulles IAD
Newport News PHF
Norfolk ORF
Richmond RIC
Roanoke ROA
Washington WA
Pasco, Pasco/Tri-Cities Airport PSC
Seattle, Tacoma International Airport SEA
Spokane International Airport GEG
West Virginia WV
Charleston CRW
Clarksburg CKB
Huntington Tri-State Airport HTS
Wisconsin WI
Green Bay GRB
Madison MSN
Milwaukee MKE
Wyoming WY
Casper CPR
Cheyenne CYS
Jackson Hole JAC
Rock Springs RKS