Table 1-3: Number of U.S. Airports(a)

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  1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
TOTAL airportsb 15,161 16,319 17,490 17,581 17,846 18,317 18,343 18,224 18,292 18,345 18,770 19,098 19,281 19,356 19,572 19,581 19,820 19,854 19,983 20,341 19,930 19,750 19,802 19,782 19,711 19,453
Public use, total 4,814 5,858 5,589 5,551 5,545 5,538 5,474 5,415 5,389 5,357 5,352 5,324 5,317 5,294 5,286 5,286 5,288 5,270 5,233 5,221 5,202 5,178 5,175 5,172 5,171 5,155
Lighted runways, percent 66.2 68.1 71.4 71.9 72.3 72.8 73.5 74.3 74.5 74.6 74.8 76.1 75.9 76.2 76.1 76.2 76.3 76.8 77.2 U U U U U U U
Paved runways, percent 72.3 66.7 70.7 71.5 71.6 72.2 72.9 73.3 73.7 74.0 74.2 74.2 74.3 74.6 74.5 74.5 74.5 74.8 75.3 U U U U U U U
Private use, total 10,347 10,461 11,901 12,030 12,301 12,779 12,869 12,809 12,903 12,988 13,418 13,774 13,964 14,062 14,286 14,295 14,532 14,584 14,757 14,839 14,451 14,298 14,353 14,339 14,269 14,009
Lighted runways, percent 15.2 9.1 7.0 6.8 6.6 6.3 6.2 6.4 6.4 6.4 6.3 6.7 7.2 8.0 8.3 8.6 9.0 9.2 9.5 U U U U U U U
Paved runways, percent 13.3 17.4 31.5 32.0 32.2 32.7 33.0 33.0 32.9 33.0 33.2 31.8 32.0 32.4 32.4 32.7 32.8 33.2 33.3 U U U U U U U
Military U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U 281 277 274 274 271 271 289
TOTAL airports 15,161 16,319 17,490 17,581 17,846 18,317 18,343 18,224 18,292 18,345 18,770 19,098 19,281 19,356 19,572 19,581 19,820 19,854 19,983 20,341 19,930 19,750 19,802 19,782 19,711 19,453
Certificatedc, total 730 700 680 669 664 670 672 667 671 660 660 655 651 635 633 628 599 575 604 565 560 559 551 547 542 542
Civil U U U U U U 577 572 577 566 566 565 563 560 558 555 542 U U U U U U U U U
Military U U U U U U 95 95 94 94 94 90 88 75 75 73 57 U U U U U U U U U
General aviation, total 14,431 15,619 16,810 16,912 17,182 17,647 17,671 17,557 17,621 17,685 18,110 18,443 18,630 18,721 18,939 18,953 19,221 19,279 19,379 19,776 19,370 19,191 19,251 19,235 19,169 18,911

KEY: U = data are unavailable.

a Includes civil and joint-use civil-military airports, heliports, STOL (short takeoff and landing) ports, and seaplane bases in the United States and its territories. Sole-use military airports are included beginning in 2007.

b Total airports in 2006 does not sum from Public and Private based on the source data.

c Certificated airports serve air-carrier operations with aircraft seating more than 9 passengers. As of 2005, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) no longer certificates military airports.

SOURCE

1980-2011: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Administrator's Fact Book (Washington, DC), available at http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/aba/admin_factb... as of Aug. 15, 2012.

2012-13: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, personal communication, as of Aug. 21, 2014.