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Atlanta’s airport once again tops list of busiest U.S. airports

@jasonclampet

Apr 04, 2013 12:18 pm

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Display screens at Atlanta's airport. Chase O'Black / Flickr


Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport continued its run as the busiest U.S. airport as its 2012 enplaned passengers rose 3.3% to 45.7 million, according to the rankings from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics announced earlier today.

Phoenix dropped two slots in 2012 compared with the prior year and Charlotte cracked the top ten in eighth place after just missing the list at eleventh in 2011.

While Atlanta was busiest overall, New York-JFK led the nation in international traffic. Rankings in the top ten list for international airports was unchanged from 2011.

Here are the BTS rankings for the Top 10 U.S. airports for scheduled domestic and international enplanements by U.S. and foreign airlines in 2012:

Top 10 airports

Passenger numbers in millions

2012 Rank Airport 2012 Enplaned Passengers 2011 Rank 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 45.713 1 44.249 3.3
2 Chicago O’Hare 32.063 2 31.841 0.7
3 Los Angeles 31.293 3 30.505 2.6
4 Dallas/Ft. Worth 27.988 4 27.430 2.0
5 Denver 25.776 5 25.635 0.6
6 New York JFK 24.423 6 23.586 3.5
7 San Francisco 21.272 7 20.049 6.1
8 Charlotte 20.017 11 19.007 5.3
9 Las Vegas 19.774 9 19.668 0.5
10 Phoenix 19.537 8 19.727 -1.0

Top 10 airports by international traffic

Passenger numbers in thousands

2012 Rank Airport 2012 Enplaned Passengers 2011 Rank 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 New York JFK 12,334.2 1 11,706.1 5.4
2 Miami 9,314.5 2 8,828.3 5.5
3 Los Angeles 8,273.4 3 8,065.3 2.6
4 Newark 5,577.1 4 5,710.0 -2.3
5 Chicago O’Hare 5,055.2 5 5,150.7 -1.9
6 Atlanta 4,775.5 6 4,675.6 2.1
7 San Francisco 4,534.8 7 4,334.5 4.6
8 Houston Bush 4,220.5 8 4,198.4 0.5
9 Washington Dulles 3,205.1 9 3,118.0 2.8
10 Dallas/Ft. Worth 2,885.1 10 2,603.0 10.8

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