Although it is an exceptional year, we wanted to know how North American airports have performed so far. So here are the results: North America’s Top 50 largest airports in 2021 by the number of flights.

North America's Top 50 Largest Airports in 2021 — by Number of Flights

North America’s Top 50 Largest Airports in 2021 — by Number of Flights

Since Corona still has a massive impact on airlines and airports around the globe, many rankings look different. However, we wanted to know the details. Therefore, we’ve analyzed the traffic figure of North America’s airports from February to July 2021. As a result, we present North America’s Top 50 Largest Airports in 2021.

Summary

We’ve summarized some essential, in case you don’t have time to go through the entire ranking.

U.S. Dominates
When preparing the ranking, we knew that United States airports would play an important role — for sure. However, we did not expect to see such dominance. Only three out of 50 airports are based in Canada. Moreover, the three Canadian airports are ranked 42nd, 43rd, and 44th.

Five Airports in the 100K+ Club
During the analyzed period from February to July 2021, five airports managed to operate more than 100,000 flights: Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Chicago O’Hare, and Denver. However, with 96,100 flights, Los Angeles made it very close to the 100,000.

Atlanta Remains Number #1
Similar to pre-COVID time, Atlanta plays in its own league. Compared to Dallas on position two, Atlanta operated 40,000 additional flights. As a result, Atlanta remains North America’s largest airline by the number of flights.

North America’s Largest Airports: Rank 1-10

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
1ATLAtlanta166K
2DFWDallas/Fort Worth126K
3CLTCharlotte119K
4ORDChicago O’Hare112K
5DENDenver109K
6LAXLos Angeles96.1K
7SEASeattle86.7K
8IAHHouston70.8K
9PHXPhoenix67.7K
10DTWDetroit65.6K
North America’s Largest Airports: Rank 1-10

North America’s Largest Airports: Rank 11-20

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
11MSPMinneapolis/St. Paul65.1K
12SLCSalt Lake City60.1K
13MCOOrlando57.4K
14MIAMiami55.8K
15LASLas Vegas54.6K
16PHLPhiladelphia50.2K
17BOSBoston50.2K
18SFOSan Francisco48.7K
19FLLFort Lauderdale45.6K
20JFKNew York45.6K
North America’s Largest Airports: Rank 11-20

North America’s Largest Airports: Rank 21-30

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
21EWRNewark43.7K
22IADWashington Dulles38.3K
23DCAWashington National34.2K
24LGANew York LaGuardia33.2K
25BWIBaltimore32.1K
26SANSan Diego30.5K
27TPATampa29.5K
28BNANashville29.5K
29PDXPortland28.2K
30HNLHonolulu26.7K
North America’s Largest Airports: Rank 21-30

North America’s Largest Airports: Rank 31-40

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
31MDWChicago Midway25.9K
32RSWFort Myers22.4K
33DALDallas Love Field22.2K
34STLSt. Louis21.8K
35AUSAustin-Bergstrom20.9K
36HOUHouston20.5K
37RDURaleigh/Durham20.5K
38INDIndianapolis17.6K
39MCIKansas City17.5K
40SJCSan Jose17.5K
North America’s Largest Airports: Rank 31-40

North America’s Largest Airports: Rank 41-50

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
41OGGKahului17.5K
42PITPittsburgh17.4.K
43YYZToronto17.2K
44YVRVancouver16.5K
45SMFSacramento16.4K
46CLECleveland16.0K
47ANCAnchorage15.5K
48MSYNew Orleans14.9K
49CMHColumbus14.9K
50SATSan Antonio14.8K
North America’s Largest Airports: Rank 41-50

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Used Data
The shown information is based on OAG data and internal data sources. EMEA refers to airlines or airports based in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa.

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