Table 1-36. Passengers Boarded at the Top 50 U.S. Airportsa

Table 1-36. Passengers Boarded at the Top 50 U.S. Airportsa

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  Rank 1999 total enplaned passengers Rank 1989 total enplaned passengers % change 1989-99
Atlanta, GA (William B. Hartsfield Intl.) 1 37,223,698 3 20,397,697 82
Chicago, IL (O'Hare Intl.) 2 31,482,975 1 25,664,266 23
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (Dallas/Ft. Worth Intl.) 3 27,580,967 2 22,623,065 22
Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Intl.) 4 24,006,821 4 18,583,292 29
Denver, CO (Denver Intl.) 5 17,434,800 6 12,320,245 42
Detroit, MI (Wayne County) 6 16,562,956 11 9,739,265 70
San Francisco, CA (San Francisco Intl.) 7 16,431,082 5 13,326,085 23
Phoenix, AZ (Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl.) 8 16,082,622 8 10,166,095 58
Las Vegas, NV (McCarran Intl.) 9 15,310,851 21 7,026,900 118
Minneapolis, MN (Minneapolis/St. Paul Intl.) 10 15,284,009 16 8,460,115 81
St. Louis, MO (Lambert-St.Louis Muni.) 11 14,923,259 13 9,396,335 59
Newark, NJ 12 14,903,626 10 9,822,419 52
Houston, TX (Houston Intl.) 13 14,734,821 20 7,030,001 110
Seattle, WA (Seattle-Tacoma Intl.) 14 13,062,255 19 7,059,777 85
Miami, FL (Miami Intl.) 15 12,721,257 15 8,591,936 48
Orlando, FL (Orlando Intl.) 16 12,528,500 18 7,373,449 70
Boston, MA (Logan Intl.) 17 11,066,146 12 9,661,258 15
New York, NY (La Guardia) 18 10,785,027 7 12,320,246 -12
Philadelphia, PA 19 10,340,097 24 6,247,489 66
New York, NY (John F. Kennedy) 20 10,136,654 9 10,081,490 1
Charlotte, NC (Douglas Muni.) 21 9,442,197 22 6,903,482 37
Salt Lake City, UT 22 8,709,083 26 5,244,238 66
Honolulu, HI 23 8,517,448 14 8,943,521 -5
Pittsburgh, PA 24 8,013,501 17 7,940,962 1
Baltimore, MD 25 8,002,276 28 4,446,139 80
Cincinatti, OH 26 7,610,478 34 3,770,623 102
San Diego, CA (Intl.-Lindbergh) 27 7,248,022 25 5,317,177 36
Tampa, FL 28 6,912,208 29 4,409,261 57
Washington, DC (Dulles Intl.) 29 6,830,051 27 4,543,530 50
Washington, DC (Reagan National) 30 6,656,776 23 6,895,563 -3
Portland, OR 31 6,510,327 42 3,054,925 113
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL 32 6,223,163 37 3,645,786 71
Chicago, IL (Midway) 33 6,137,649 38 3,409,726 80
Cleveland, OH (Hopkins Intl.) 34 5,921,171 36 3,722,208 59
Kansas City, MO 35 5,599,379 30 4,356,991 29
San Jose, CA (San Jose Muni.) 36 5,486,390 41 3,093,643 77
Oakland, CA (Oakland Metropolitan Intl.) 37 4,737,711 53 2,030,847 133
New Orleans, LA 38 4,568,632 40 3,170,967 44
San Juan, PR (Luis Munoz Marin Intl.) 39 4,531,692 39 3,268,644 39
Memphis, TN 40 4,523,926 32 3,989,814 13
Houston, TX (William P. Hobby) 41 4,214,715 33 3,927,329 7
Nashville, TN 42 4,062,313 35 3,746,367 8
Raleigh, NC (Raleigh-Durham) 43 4,024,969 31 4,116,520 -2
Sacramento, CA 44 3,658,043 56 1,800,078 103
Los Angeles, CA (Orange County) 45 3,642,214 50 2,173,502 68
Indianapolis, IN 46 3,538,242 44 2,522,944 40
Dallas, TX (Love Field) 47 3,414,304 43 2,773,836 23
San Antonio, TX 48 3,340,285 46 2,493,393 34
Austin, TX (Robert Muller Muni) 49 3,291,848 54 2,022,269 63
Columbus, OH (Port Columbus Intl.) 50 3,120,183 58 1,662,389 88
Total top 50   511,091,619   351,910,836  
All airports   610,628,716   455,263,066  

a Rank order by total enplaned passengers on large certificated U.S. air carriers, scheduled and nonscheduled operations, at all airports served within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. areas designated by the Federal Aviation Administration in 1998. Prior to 1993, all scheduled and some nonscheduled enplanements for certificated air carriers were included; no enplanements were included for air carriers offering charter service only.
Large certificated air carriers hold Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation authorizing the performance of air transportation. Large certificated air carriers operate aircraft with seating capacity of more than 60 seats or a maximum payload capacity of more than 18,000 pounds. Data for commuter, intrastate, and foreign-flag air carriers are not included.

NOTES: In 1989, Ontario, CA ranked 45th (2,608,588); West Palm Beach, FL ranked 47th (2,403,585); Albuquerque, NM ranked 48th (2,336,577); and Hartford, CT ranked 49th (2,269,982).

SOURCES:
All airports, total enplaned passengers: 1989: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration and Research and Special Programs Administration, Airport Activity Statistics of Certificated Route Air Carriers, 12 Months Ending December 31, 1989 (Washington, DC: 1989), table 1.
1999: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, Airport Activity Statistics of Certificated Air Carriers: Summary Tables,Twelve Months Ending December 31, 1999 (Washington, DC: 2000), table 1.

Airport ranking:
1989: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA Statistical Handbook, Calendar Year 1989 (Washington, DC: 1989), table 4.11.
1999: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, Airport Activity Statistics of Certificated Air Carriers: Summary Tables,Twelve Months Ending December 31, 1999 (Washington, DC: 2000), tables 3 and 4.