The airports are the most obvious gateway to get from different destinations through air travel. The United States has some of the best airports and significant hubs for travellers to flock towards the country. Here, we take a look at these top 10 busiest airports in the US for the year 2020 in terms of their passenger traffic.
Despite a challenging year, the busiest airports in the US during 2020 might seem a drastic change compared to 2019. However, the numbers would have significantly dropped in the number of passengers travel across the United States due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
1) Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Georgia (ATL)
Atlanta Airport, or Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is the busiest and most efficient airport globally, especially in the United States, with passenger traffic of over 42 million. The airport holds the record of being the world’s first airport to serve more than 100 million passengers in a single year. It is the economic jewel of Georgia which generates an economic impact of around $34.8 billion for its metro Atlanta and is located south of downtown Atlanta. The airport is a global gateway, offering non-stop flights to over 150 domestic and 70 international destinations. The airport area covers about 150 acres, making it amazing for first-time visitors and seasoned fliers. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was named after the two former mayors of Georgia, Maynard Jackson and William B. Hartsfield. Delta Air Lines has the primary hub in this airport.
Total Passengers in 2020: 42.9 million
2) Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Texas (DFW)
DFW International Airport is the second busiest airport with passenger traffic of over 39 million and acts as the main gateway to the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan Area in Texas. The airport is located between Dallas and Fort Worth, covering an area of about 17,207 acres. It serves flights to over 250 destinations, including domestic and international services and the majority being the domestic destinations within the US. American Airlines is the major operator having its hub in Dallas – Fort Worth International Airport. The airport hosts domestic and international passenger services and also cargo services for more than 25 airlines.
Total Passengers in 2020: 39.3 million
3) Denver International Airport, Colorado (DEN)
Denver International Airport is the youngest but the largest airport in the United States, covering about 140 sq. km that serves as a domestic and international airport. The airport is the third busiest airport, recording passenger traffic of over 33 million in 2020, comprising a total of 89 gates. Denver Airport acts as the main base for the low-cost-carrier Frontier Airlines and commuter carrier Great Lakes Airlines. DEN is located 20 miles northeast of downtown Denver in Colorado.
Total Passengers in 2020: 33.7 million
4) O’Hare International Airport, Chicago (ORD)
Heading to the next up, O’Hare International Airport is the fourth busiest international airport in the United States, serving the entire Chicago region with a total count of over 30 million passengers in 2020. It is located 17 kilometres northwest of Windy City. In terms of landing and take-offs, it is the busiest airport in the whole world. O’Hare airport provides flight services to over 220 destinations across six continents. In addition, O’Hare International Airport is the hub for the three largest airlines, including American Airlines, United Airlines and Polar Air Cargo.
Total Passengers in 2020: 30.8 million
5) Los Angeles International Airport, California (LAX)
Los Angeles International Airport, shortly referred to as LAX, is the largest and busiest airport in California and the United States by over 28 million passengers in 2020 passing through its nine terminals. The airport covers around 3500 acres and is located in the Southwestern region of Greater Los Angeles. Being an international gateway serving the whole United States, the airport acts as a hub for the world-famous airlines, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. The airport serves flights from LAX to more than 85 domestic and 65 international destinations on six continents.
Total Passengers in 2020: 28.7 million
6) Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
One of the largest airports in North Carolina, Charlotte Douglas International Airport serves as an important hub for American Airlines and the top busiest airport in the United States based on traffic movement, recording over 27 million passengers. The airport is located to the west side of the city of Charlotte in North Carolina. It serves over 175 domestic and international destinations for over 30 airlines.
Total Passengers in 2020: 27.2 million
7) McCarran International Airport (LAS)
The McCarran International Airport is now one of the top busiest international airports in the US, with recorded traffic of over 22 million passengers in 2020. LAS is located in the south of downtown Las Vegas and covers 2800 acres with four runaways. The airport is not a hub for any airline but serves as an operating base for Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines. The airport is also a maintenance and crew base for Spirit Airlines.
Total Passengers in 2020: 22.2 million
8) Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the primary international gateway to Phoenix in Arizona, located just 5 kilometres away from the southeast of downtown Phoenix. The primary hub for Phoenix is American Airlines which is the largest operator at the airport. By handling over 21 million passengers traffic, the airport was the eighth busiest airport in the United States. In addition, PHX serves as the hub for American Airlines and a base for Southwest Airlines.
Total Passengers in 2020: 21.9 million
9) Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Orlando International Airport is one of the busiest and largest international airports in Florida, the United States, which handles over 21 million passengers, making it the 9th busiest airport in 2020. The airport is managed by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and is a major operating base for JetBlue, Spirit Airlines and Southwest Airlines. The Orlando Airport serves 135 domestic and international flight services with over 850 flights on a daily basis on 44 airlines. The airport is located 14.4 km away from downtown Orlando, spread across an area of about 12,600 acres.
Total Passengers in 2020: 21.6 million
10) Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the other busiest airport and the main commercial airport for Seattle in Washington, located just 23 km away from the Central business district and 29 km away from Tacoma. The airport recorded around 20 million passengers in 2020 passing across its terminals. The SEA airport covers an area of 2500 acres, and Sea-Tac serves as the hub for both Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines.
Total Passengers in 2020: 20 million