Airport Statistic: How Many Daily Flights Do Airports Operate?

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.

IATAAirportDaily Flights
ORDChicago O’Hare International Airport1,078
Airports That Operate More Than 1,000 Daily Flights

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.

IATAAirportDaily Flights
ATLAtlanta Hartsfield-Jackson 979
DFWDallas/Fort Worth International Airport940
DENDenver International Airport905
LAXLos Angeles International Airport685
IAHHouston George Bush Intercontinental591
SEASeattle-Tacoma International Airport564
Airports That Operate More Than 500 but Less Than 1,000 Daily Flights

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.

IATAAirportDaily Flights
PHXPhoenix Sky Harbor International Airport490
ISTIstanbul Airport470
AMSAmsterdam Schiphol470
HNDTokyo International (Haneda)459
MEXMexico City Juarez Internationa455
LASLas Vegas McCarran International Airport454
MCOOrlando International Airport428
JFKNew York J F Kennedy 422
MSPMinneapolis/St Paul International 413
CDGParis Charles de Gaulle 412
FRAFrankfurt International Airport406
DTWDetroit Metropolitan Wayne County405
MIAMiami International Airport 401
Airports That Operate More Than 400 but Less Than 500 Daily Flights

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.

IATAAirportDaily Flights
BOSBoston Edward L Logan International398
EWRNewark Liberty International Airport396
SVOMoscow Sheremetyevo 374
SLCSalt Lake City374
PHLPhiladelphia 362
SFOSan Francisco362
PEKBeijing Capital International360
XIYXi’an 356
PVGShanghai Pudong International 341
MADMadrid Adolfo Suarez-Barajas 337
SHAShanghai Hongqiao International 327
BCNBarcelona 325
FLLFort Lauderdale319
SAWIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen 319
PMIPalma de Mallorca305
IADWashington Dulles International305
Airports That Operate More Than 300 But Less Than 400 Daily Flights

Airports That Operate Less Than 300 Daily Flights

IATAAirportDaily Flights
PKXBeijing Daxing 296
LHRLondon Heathrow 279
BOGEl Dorado International267
CGKJakarta Soekarno-Hatta266
DMEMoscow Domodedovo266
DXBDubai International261
LGANew York LaGuardia Airport258
DCAWashington Ronald Reagan National 257
YYZToronto Lester B Pearson International251
MUCMunich International Airport247
BWIBaltimore Washington International246
ORYParis Orly 246
GRUSao Paulo Guarulhos 239
Airports That Operate Less Than 300 Daily Flights

Data Source

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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