20 Top Airports for International Travel to and From the U.S.

Skift Take

Simply put, the increased traffic is a healthy sign for both inbound and outbound tourism activity in the U.S.

— Jason Clampet

Last year was a record one for international air travel in and out of the United States.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Travel & Tourism Office, 185.4 million passengers arrived or departed from U.S. airports, a 4% increase over the previous year. Those passengers flew through a few key airports, both domestic and abroad.

Of the foreign airports funneling passengers in and out of the U.S. ten of them were responsible for 40% of all the traffic. London’s Heathrow Airport was the undisputed leader, with over 14 million passengers going to and from the U.S. It’s a good 30% greater than its nearest competitor, Toronto’s Pearson International. Two airports in Mexico — Cancun and Mexico City — saw the greatest increase in traffic in 2013, a good sign for tourism in the country.

Top 10 Foreign Airports:

Rank Airport Passengers (millions) % Change YoY
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 14.357 2.1%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 10.875 4.5%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 9.597 -0.1%
4. Frankfurt (FRT) 6.695 1.9%
5. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 6.383 4.7%
6. Cancun (CUN) 6.176 7.3%
7. Mexico City (MEX) 5.942 8.9%
8. Incheon (ICT) 5.035 5.7%
9. Amsterdam (AMS) 4.601 5.1%
10. Vancouver (YVR) 4.440 0.4%

Source: The National Travel & Tourism Office

Among U.S. airports, the top ten respresented a dominant share of the international traffic. From New York’s JFK, to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, 129.9 million Passengers or 70% of the total air traffic, flowed through the leaders. Dallas, Chicago’s O’Hare, and JFK saw the greatest increase in traffic, while New York-Newark remained relatively flat.

Top 10 U.S. Airports:

Rank Airport Passengers (millions) % Change YoY
1. New York (JFK) 26.662 5.4%
2. Miami (MIA) 20.118 4.7%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 17.753 3.7%
4. Newark (EWR) 11.587 1.1%
5. Chicago (ORD) 11.183 5.1%
6. Atlanta (ATL) 10.228 4.0%
7. San Francisco (SFO) 9.698 3.7%
8. Houston (IAH) 9.030 3.5%
9. Washington Dulles (IAD) 6.931 4.2%
10. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 6.686 11.3%

Source: The National Travel & Tourism Office

Destination Mexico: The Evolution of Luxury Travel

Luxury travelers are looking for more than just posh accommodations and generic pampering. Savvy suppliers and tourism organizations are capitalizing on the desire for authentic experiences, as the sharing economy continues to present new ways to connect travelers with local culture.

Read More

Next Story