One of the most asked questions we receive is the number of daily flights a specific airport operates. So that’s why we want to provide some airport statistics and answer the question, “How many daily flights do airports operate.”
How Many Daily Flights Do Airports Operate?
Of course, there’s no one universal answer to the question “How many daily flights do airports operate.” Airports operate a different amount of flights on different days a week. Moreover, the number of flights differ from month to month and especially between summer and winter season.
Therefore, the below-shown figures can provide a snapshot of the daily flight volume. However, the numbers give an indicator of the flight volume of airports.
What We Checked?
We checked 50 of the world’s biggest airports from three continents: North America, Europe, and Asia for this blog post. First, to analyze the flight volume, we had a look at the average number of flights in August 2021. Then, to make it easier for you to find the particular answer concerning how many daily flights airports operate, we clustered the airports according to flight volumes. So let’s get into the details!
Due to COVID-19, the operations of many airports are still heavily impacted. Subsequently, the shown flight figures shouldn’t be considered static. On the contrary, the figures are highly volatile and might differ from daily.
Airports That Operate More Than 1,000 Daily Flights
We kick off our list with airports that operate more than 1,000 daily flights. And, as you can see below, the list is pretty short. Currently, there’s only one airport globally that operates more than 1,000 flights: Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
|ORD||Chicago O’Hare International Airport||1,078|
Airports That Operate More Than 500 but Less Than 1,000 Daily Flights
The list of airports that operate more than 500 daily flights is also very small. And, even more interestingly, the list contains airports from the United States of America solely. For example, Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Denver are close behind Chicago and operate only a few flights shy of a thousand. Besides that, we have Charlotte, Los Angeles, Houston, and Seattle on the list.
|DFW||Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport||940|
|DEN||Denver International Airport||905|
|LAX||Los Angeles International Airport||685|
|IAH||Houston George Bush Intercontinental||591|
|SEA||Seattle-Tacoma International Airport||564|
Airports That Operate More Than 400 but Less Than 500 Daily Flights
The list of airports that operate more than 400 but less than 500 daily flights shows a mixed field of airports from North America, Europe, and Asia. However, with seven airports on the list, the United States again plays a dominant role. Besides that, we have Europe’s biggest hubs: Istanbul, Amsterdam, Paris, and Frankfurt.
|PHX||Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport||490|
|HND||Tokyo International (Haneda)||459|
|MEX||Mexico City Juarez Internationa||455|
|LAS||Las Vegas McCarran International Airport||454|
|MCO||Orlando International Airport||428|
|JFK||New York J F Kennedy||422|
|MSP||Minneapolis/St Paul International||413|
|CDG||Paris Charles de Gaulle||412|
|FRA||Frankfurt International Airport||406|
|DTW||Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County||405|
|MIA||Miami International Airport||401|
Airports That Operate More Than 300 But Less Than 400 Daily Flights
Chinese and U.S. airports dominate the list of airports that operate more than 300 but less than 400 daily flights. Moreover, Spain adds three airports to the list with Madrid, Barcelona, and Palma de Mallorca.
|BOS||Boston Edward L Logan International||398|
|EWR||Newark Liberty International Airport||396|
|SLC||Salt Lake City||374|
|PEK||Beijing Capital International||360|
|PVG||Shanghai Pudong International||341|
|MAD||Madrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas||337|
|SHA||Shanghai Hongqiao International||327|
|SAW||Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen||319|
|PMI||Palma de Mallorca||305|
|IAD||Washington Dulles International||305|
Airports That Operate Less Than 300 Daily Flights
|BOG||El Dorado International||267|
|LGA||New York LaGuardia Airport||258|
|DCA||Washington Ronald Reagan National||257|
|YYZ||Toronto Lester B Pearson International||251|
|MUC||Munich International Airport||247|
|BWI||Baltimore Washington International||246|
|GRU||Sao Paulo Guarulhos||239|
The shown data is based on the latest FlightFacts data. FlightFacts is a free-to-use mobile app that lets you discover the operational performance of airlines and airports in real-time. For more information about FlightFacts, click here or visit our download page. FlightsFacts is available for Android and Apple mobiles and is used by more than 10,000 aviation employees and enthusiasts worldwide!
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