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 2000 total enplaned passengers Rank 1990 total enplaned passengers Percent change 1990-00
Atlanta, GA (Hartsfield Intl.) 1 38,255,778 3 22,665,665 69
Chicago, IL (O'Hare Intl.) 2 30,888,464 1 25,636,383 20
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (Dallas/Ft. Worth Intl.) 3 27,841,040 2 22,899,267 22
Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Intl.) 4 25,109,993 4 18,438,056 36
Denver, CO (Denver Intl.) 5 17,643,261 6 11,961,839 47
Phoenix, AZ (Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl.) 6 17,239,215 7 10,727,494 61
Detroit, MI (Wayne County) 7 16,929,968 9 9,903,078 71
Las Vegas, NV (McCarran Intl.) 8 16,738,909 18 7,796,218 115
Minneapolis, MN (Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl.) 9 16,710,197 16 8,837,228 89
San Francisco, CA (San Francisco Intl.) 10 16,664,399 5 13,474,929 24
Houston, TX (George Bush Intercontinental) 11 15,814,709 20 7,543,899 110
Newark, NJ (Newark) 12 15,205,447 10 9,853,925 54
St. Louis, MO (Lambert-St.Louis Muni.) 13 15,101,246 13 9,332,091 62
Orlando, FL (Orlando Intl.) 14 13,465,706 19 7,677,769 75
Seattle, WA (Seattle-Tacoma Intl.) 15 13,308,253 21 7,385,594 80
Miami, FL (Miami Intl.) 16 12,654,506 14 9,226,103 37
Boston, MA (Logan Intl.) 17 11,505,983 12 9,549,585 20
New York, NY (La Guardia) 18 11,425,705 8 10,725,465 7
Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia Intl.) 19 10,973,074 24 6,970,820 57
New York, NY (John F. Kennedy Intl.) 20 10,648,410 11 9,687,068 10
Charlotte, NC (Douglas Muni.) 21 10,377,837 22 7,076,954 47
Cincinnati, OH (Greater Cincinnati) 22 9,962,765 32 3,907,625 155
Baltimore, MD (Baltimore-Washington Intl.) 23 8,979,425 29 4,420,425 103
Salt Lake City, UT (Salt Lake City Intl.) 24 8,700,973 25 5,388,178 61
Honolulu, HI (Honolulu Intl.) 25 8,684,893 15 9,002,217  -4
Pittsburgh, PA (Greater Pittsburgh) 26 8,650,976 17 7,912,394 9
San Diego, CA (San Diego Intl.-Lindbergh) 27 7,624,519 26 5,260,907 45
Tampa, FL (Tampa Intl.) 28 7,430,829 27 4,781,020 55
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Intl.) 29 7,140,518 34 3,875,357 84
Washington, DC (Reagan National) 30 6,983,212 23 7,034,693  -1
Chicago, IL (Midway) 31 6,972,213 37 3,547,040 97
Washington, DC (Dulles Intl.) 32 6,649,323 28 4,448,592 49
Portland, OR (Portland Intl.) 33 6,558,859 42 3,025,345 117
Cleveland, OH (Hopkins Intl.) 34 6,154,094 35 3,836,050 60
San Jose, CA (San Jose Muni.) 35 6,044,278 41 3,128,393 93
Kansas City, MO (Kansas City Intl.) 36 5,748,758 40 3,358,116 71
Oakland, CA (Oakland Metropolitan Intl.) 37 5,126,648 44 2,670,788 92
Memphis, TN (Memphis Intl.) 38 4,977,238 33 3,887,208 28
Raleigh-Durham, NC (Raleigh-Durham) 39 4,838,779 30 4,361,369 11
San Juan, PR (Luis Munoz Marin Intl.) 40 4,834,298 36 3,618,090 34
New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Intl.) 41 4,822,265 39 3,361,062 43
Nashville, TN (Metropolitan) 42 4,365,127 38 3,404,243 28
Houston, TX (William P. Hobby) 43 4,322,108 31 3,972,327 9
Sacramento, CA (Sacramento International) 44 3,873,003 56 1,737,096 123
Los Angeles, CA (Orange County) 45 3,828,324 51 2,203,700 74
Austin, TX (Robert Muller Muni.) 46 3,635,209 53 2,054,955 77
Indianapolis, IN (Indianapolis Intl.) 47 3,629,716 47 2,601,839 40
Dallas, TX (Love Field) 48 3,594,539 43 2,882,836 25
Hartford/Springfield/Westfield CT (Bradley Intl.) 49 3,508,023 50 2,312,455 52
San Antonio, TX (San Antonio Intl.) 50 3,466,266 48 2,593,896 34
Total top 50   535,609,278   361,953,646  
All airports   638,902,993   438,544,001  

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. 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: The following airports appeared in the top 50 ranking in 1990 but were not among the top 50 for 2000: Ontario, CA ranked 45th (2,640,734); West Palm Beach, FL ranked 46th (2,609,138); Albuquerque, NM ranked 49th (2,384,647); and Hartford, CT ranked 50th (2,312,455).

SOURCES:

1990: 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, 1990 (Washington, DC: 1991),tables 3 and 4.
2000: 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, 2000 (Washington, DC: 2001), tables 3 and 4.