Table 1-39: Passengers Boarded at the Top 50 U.S. Airportsa

Table 1-39: Passengers Boarded at the Top 50 U.S. Airportsa

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  1991 2001 Percent change 1991-2001
Rank Total enplaned passengers Rank Total enplaned passengers
Atlanta, GA (Hartsfield Intl.) 4 17,691,130 1 36,378,501 105.6%
Chicago, IL (O'Hare Intl.) 1 25,872,241 2 28,625,264 10.6%
Dallas / Ft. Worth, TX (Dallas / Ft. Worth Intl.) 2 22,656,394 3 25,197,150 11.2%
Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Intl.) 3 18,303,046 4 22,862,216 24.9%
Phoenix, AZ (Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl.) 7 10,972,232 5 16,539,155 50.7%
Denver, CO (Denver Intl.) 6 12,313,733 6 16,384,990 33.1%
Las Vegas, NV (McCarran Intl.) 17 8,222,488 7 16,099,776 95.8%
Minneapolis, MN (Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl.) 13 8,862,828 8 15,648,293 76.6%
Houston, TX (George Bush Intercontinental) 18 7,813,856 9 15,637,528 100.1%
Detroit, MI (Wayne County) 9 9,618,283 10 15,463,770 60.8%
San Francisco, CA (San Francisco Intl.) 5 14,026,226 11 13,846,425 -1.3%
Newark, NJ (Newark) 8 9,737,488 12 13,813,852 41.9%
St. Louis, MO (Lambert-St. Louis Muni.) 10 9,351,642 13 12,864,305 37.6%
Seattle, WA (Seattle-Tacoma Intl.) 20 7,696,481 14 12,694,210 64.9%
Orlando, FL (Orlando Intl.) 22 7,605,356 15 12,597,086 65.6%
Miami, FL (Miami Intl.) 11 9,309,591 16 11,492,541 23.4%
Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia Intl.) 24 6,381,130 17 10,383,439 62.7%
New York, NY (La Guardia) 12 9,194,825 18 10,296,767 12.0%
Charlotte, NC (Douglas Muni.) 21 7,668,793 19 10,225,979 33.3%
Boston, MA (Logan Intl.) 14 8,862,052 20 9,989,937 12.7%
New York, NY (John F. Kennedy Intl.) 16 8,245,014 21 9,645,995 17.0%
Baltimore, MD (Baltimore-Washington Intl.) 31 4,249,906 22 9,450,116 122.4%
Pittsburgh, PA (Greater Pittsburgh) 19 7,707,902 23 8,710,821 13.0%
Cincinnati, OH (Greater Cincinnati) 29 4,314,474 24 8,349,380 93.5%
Salt Lake City, UT (Salt Lake City Intl.) 25 5,470,129 25 7,835,901 43.2%
Honolulu, HI (Honolulu Intl.) 15 8,772,316 26 7,789,539 -11.2%
Tampa, FL (Tampa Intl.) 28 4,338,195 27 7,452,492 71.8%
Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Intl.) 37 3,451,761 28 7,371,233 113.5%
San Diego, CA (San Diego Intl.-Lindbergh) 26 5,386,803 29 7,245,787 34.5%
Chicago, IL (Midway) 43 2,936,521 30 7,062,993 140.5%
Portland, OR (Portland Intl.) 39 3,164,431 31 5,973,721 88.8%
San Jose, CA (Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International ) 41 3,150,397 32 5,865,502 86.2%
Washington, DC (Ronald Reagan National) 23 6,631,273 33 5,779,214 -12.8%
Washington, DC (Dulles Intl.) 27 4,709,400 34 5,745,399 22.0%
Cleveland, OH (Hopkins Intl.) 35 3,545,000 35 5,528,666 56.0%
Kansas City, MO (Kansas City Intl.) 38 3,288,900 36 5,494,516 67.1%
Oakland, CA (Oakland Metropolitan Intl.) 42 2,956,220 37 5,485,948 85.6%
Memphis, TN (Memphis Intl.) 36 3,494,675 38 4,778,872 36.7%
New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Intl.) 40 3,151,718 39 4,678,835 48.5%
San Juan, PR (Luis Munoz Marin Intl.) 34 3,739,126 40 4,537,641 21.4%
Raleigh-Durham, NC (Raleigh-Durham) 30 4,309,550 41 4,483,332 4.0%
Houston, TX (William P. Hobby) 33 3,765,759 42 4,120,895 9.4%
Nashville, TN (Metropolitan) 32 3,901,875 43 4,079,836 4.6%
Sacramento, CA (Sacramento International) 52 2,105,016 44 3,873,560 84.0%
Los Angeles, CA (Orange County) 47 2,573,035 45 3,618,558 40.6%
Austin, TX (Robert Muller Muni.) 54 2,021,120 46 3,428,839 69.7%
Indianapolis, IN (Indianapolis Intl.) 46 2,585,727 47 3,409,526 31.9%
Dallas, TX (Love Field) 45 2,792,557 48 3,350,775 20.0%
Hartford / Springfield / Westfield CT (Bradley Intl.) 51 2,107,004 49 3,307,481 57.0%
San Antonio, TX (San Antonio Intl.) 48 2,520,324 50 3,254,348 29.1%
Total top 50   354,856,365   498,750,905 40.6%
All airports   428,319,248   595,655,501 39.1%

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.

NOTE

The following airports appeared in the top 50 ranking in 1991 but were not among the top 50 for 2001: Ontario, CA ranked 44th (2,837,028); West Palm Beach, FL ranked 49th (2,355,922); and Albuquerque, NM ranked 50th (2,350,612).

SOURCES

1991: 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, 1991 (Washington, DC: 1992), tables 3 and 4.

2001: 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, 2001 (Washington, DC: 2002), tables 3 and 4.