There are over 13,000 airports in the United States of America and among them are some of the biggest and busiest in the world. These airports are central hubs for major airlines, such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, which transport passengers to all corners of the country and around the planet. The following are the seven busiest airports in the U.S. by total passenger traffic, according to statistics collated by Airports Council International (ACI).
McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Some 48,566,000 passengers landed at McCarran International Airport in 2017, with many arriving to start their adventures in Las Vegas. The airport is only a 10-minute drive from the Vegas Strip, thus allowing you to reach the glitzy resorts in a flash. If you’ve got a few spare quarters in your pocket on your way out then you can give Lady Luck one last try at one of the over 1,000 slot machines situated inside the terminals. Passengers also pass time learning about air travel in Las Vegas by browsing the exhibits of the Aviation Museum.
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
JFK Airport is the main international gateway to New York City and in 2017, 59,392,500 people landed here. Over 70 worldwide airlines operate out of the seven terminals and connect with everywhere from Australia to Jordan and Uzbekistan. Getting into the city is quick and easy by taking the AirTrain to Jamaica Station and connecting with Manhattan bound trains. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the airport and plenty of places to eat and drink, including the BRKLYN Beer Garden in Terminal 2.
Denver International Airport (DEN)
Spread across 54 square miles, Denver International Airport is the largest U.S. airport in terms of area. The 61,379,396 passengers that arrived here in 2017 will likely have been impressed by the airport’s iconic tent-like roof, designed to resemble the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. Over 20 airlines operate out of the airport. Head to the plaza outside Jeppesen Terminal for live music, miniature golf, yoga and other summertime events.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
The main airline hub for North Texas is so big that it has its own postal code, its own post office and is bigger in size than the island of Manhattan. It handled 67,092,194 passengers in 2017, an increase of 2.3% on the previous year. A direct rail link brings you from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to downtown Dallas in about an hour. Want to make the most out of your time at the airport? Then pre-order food at 50-plus dining options and get active along the DFW Airport’s Walking Path. There’s complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the terminals, too.
O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was once the busiest airport in the U.S. and consistently makes the world’s top 10 in terms of passenger traffic. Figures for 2017 showed an increase of 2.4% to 79,828,183 people. This airport is the major hub for the Midwest and almost 50 national and international airlines operate from here. Check out the art in the terminals, including a 40 foot by 8 foot mural that honors Chicago’s legendary blues music heritage and the space-themed Adler Planetarium Exhibit. Downtown Chicago is 45 minutes away via frequent bus service.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Los Angeles International Airport maintained its position in the world’s tops five busiest in 2017 after handling an impressive 84,557,968 passengers. The main port of call for visitors to Los Angeles and Southern California, it’s also a popular gateway to Hawaii and the West Coast. Over 70 airlines operate from the eight terminals of the airport, which is famous for its illuminated glass pylons and huge LAX sign. Similar to at O’Hare, the LAX Art Program keeps visitors entertained with permanent and temporary art installations.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
Since 2000, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been not only the busiest airport in the U.S., but the busiest in the world, and in 2017 handled an incredible 103,902,992 passengers. The popularity owes much to the airport being a 2-hour flight from major cities such as Dallas, Houston, Miami and New York. This makes it one of the country’s most important connecting airports. It’s also the central hub of Delta Air Lines. The onsite Delta Flight Museum has displays of antique aircrafts and hands-on exhibits that showcase the history of the USA’s second-largest airline.