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List of TOP 6 US airports in 2024

The US remains a global leader in the number of airports in 2024. There are many reasons why US airports are popular among travelers. From offering tourists some of the best amenities to make them feel at home to having a wide range of duty free options for the shopaholics who are fond of a splurge before they head away on vacation.

We’ve put together this comprehensive list of the best airports in the US to get you in the holiday mood.

TOP 6 biggest airports in US

  • Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Texas
  • Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado
  • O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois
  • Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City, New York

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Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia

Hartsfield–Jackson Airport is the main hub of Delta Airlines. The territory of Atlanta Airport consists of two terminals: the North Terminal and the South Terminal. There is also a large open area (the Atrium): here, you can find most of the services provided by the airport.

Everything you need to know about Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Area 19 km2 Distance from city center 11 km
Airport code ATL Number of lounges 15
Date opened 1926 Number of airlines 86
Passenger no. 75.5 million Smoking Area yes
Number of flight routes 194; both domestic and international

Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport: practical tips

If you see long lines at the main security area, check out the lesser-known South security area-it is usually faster.

Go from one end of the airport to the other using the Plane Train. It’s free of charge and stops at each terminal to access Baggage Claim and Ground Transportation.

Up for a feed? Get fish tacos, Cuban sandwiches, and coffee at Papi’s Caribbean Cafe. Or what about Paschal’s restaurant, where Martin Luther King dined?

Interesting facts you should know

What do Coca-Cola and Atlanta Airport have in common? A founder! Well, almost. The airport was abandoned until Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler, Sr., donated the property. This gave the airport its second life, as we know it now.

Atlanta Airport is also the biggest employer in Georgia. The airport employs more than 60,000 people.

Every year, many people run a 5K race on the fifth runway, with the slogan: “You’ve flown over it. You’ve driven under it. Now run on it.”

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Texas

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the fourth busiest airport in the United States. There are five terminals at the airport: TA, TB, TC, TD, and TE. In addition, it is a hub for American Airlines.

Everything you need to know about Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Area 69.6 km2 Distance from city center 38 km
Airport code DFW Number of lounges 15
Date opened 1973 Number of airlines 20
Passenger no. 62.4 million Smoking Area yes
Number of flight routes 260; both domestic and international

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: Practical tips

Head to Bleu Mediterranean Bar for a nice cocktail and some Mediterranean yummies like flatbreads, soups, and falafel.

Visit Texas Marketplace or The Range to purchase typical Texas items, such as local leather, cowboy hats, and buckles.

See more than 30 artworks, including terrazzo floors, an outdoor sculpture garden, and paintings. Join an airport tour or see how many of them you can spot while walking through the terminals.

Interesting facts: Did you know that…

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was the first carbon-neutral airport in North America. Now it is not the only one, but it is the largest carbon-neutral airport in the world.

President Kennedy flew from Fort Worth to Dallas before his fateful convertible ride downtown. Why did he fly 49 km by airplane? Because at that time, Hwy 183 (Airport Freeway) had only two lanes, making the journey by car too long.

During excavations for the airport building, workers uncovered the 70-million-year-old bones of a Plesiosaur.

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Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado

Denver International Airport is a vital airline hub in the United States. It consistently wins top awards from publications like The Business Traveler Magazine and The Wall Street Journal for awards such as ranking as the fifth-best airport in the world.

Everything you need to know about Denver International Airport

Area 137.5 km2 Distance from city center 40 km
Airport code DEN Number of lounges 15
Date opened 1995 Number of airlines 26
Passenger no. 58.8 million Smoking Area yes
Number of flight routes 182; both domestic and international

Denver International Airport: Practical tips

Check out ‍Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast, Snarf’s Sandwiches ‍for a quick snack, Breckenridge Brewery for drinks, ‍and Blue Sky Bar for late-night dining.

Pop into Be Good to People or Björn’s Colorado Honey, which sells honey and bee-based skincare products near gates A48 and C33.

Snap a terrific photo for your memories between Gates C23 and C24 to take amazing pictures of planes with mountains in the background.

Interesting facts you should know

Did you know that one conspiracy theory says that the New World Order’s command bunkers are below Denver International Airport?

Have your utility bills been high lately? If it makes you feel better, Denver International Airport’s average monthly water bill is $115,000.

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O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois

O’Hare International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United States and the world. It serves domestic, international, and intercontinental flights. It is a major hub for both United Airlines and American Airlines.

Everything you need to know about O’Hare International Airport

Area 31 km2 Distance from city center 29 km
Airport code ORD Number of lounges 16
Date opened 1944 Number of airlines 49
Passengers no. 54 million Smoking Area yes
Number of flights 242; both domestic and international

O’Hare International Airport: Practical tips

Wi-Fi in O’Hare International Airport is only accessible for 30 minutes, after which you have to pay up to $6.95 for every hour.

Wolfgang Puck’s is a must to try delights from traditional American cuisine once you land in the States. Goose Island’s airport bar is a fantastic place to drink tasty microbrews or IPAs.

Take photos at the majestic O’Hare Airport Urban Garden, which is soil-free with plants suspended on columns. With over 1000 types of plants in 26 columns, it’s an architectural masterpiece.

Interesting facts you should know

Initially named Orchard Field Airport, the airport was renamed in 1949 to honor naval pilot Edward “Butch” O’Hare. You can still see old “orchard” signs on the walls. For this reason, the airport’s code is ORD – the name was changed, but the code wasn’t.

In total, O’Hare Airport has 182 gates due to its size and the peculiarities of its construction.

Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles International Airport is not only one of the busiest airports in the United States and the world – it is also a vital hub for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Allegiant Air, JetBlue, and Southwest Airlines.

Everything you need to know about Los Angeles International Airport

Area 14 km2 Distance from city center 30 km
Airport code LAX Number of lounges 21
Date opened 1928 Number of airlines 77
Passenger no. 48 million Smoking Area yes
Number of flight routes 142; both domestic and international

Los Angeles International Airport: practical tips

For good shopping, go to the Great Hall, which offers the most options compared to other terminals – with famous brands like Burberry, Bulgari, Coach, Fred Segal, Gucci, and more.

Keep in mind that a free shuttle bus connects LAX with the Metro Rail Green Line light rail. But it would be best to ask the staff where the stop is, as it sometimes varies.

Go art-spotting at Terminal 1, where you can admire four exhibitions, ranging from murals to photography, sculptures, and paintings.

Interesting facts you should know

Why the “X” in the code LAX? Before the 1930s, they mostly used the code “LA.” But the identifiers expanded to three letters, and “LA” received an extra letter without a specific meaning.

To eat while watching planes land, go to the In-N-Out Burger outside the airport. The view is worth it!

Los Angeles Airport has its own song. “LA International Airport” is a three-minute song written by Leanne Scott. It was first recorded in 1970 and hit No. 9 on the U.S. country chart.

Average monthly temperatures in Los Angeles, California – USA

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John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City, New York

John F. Kennedy International Airport, also called JFK Airport, is the sixth-busiest airport in the United States, and it is one of the biggest airports by area. It is a hub for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and JetBlue Airways.

Everything you need to know about John F. Kennedy International Airport

Area 49.3 km2 Distance from city center 26 km
Airport code JFK Number of lounges 24
Date opened 1948 Number of airlines 77
Passenger no. 30.7 million Smoking Area yes
Number of flights 157; both domestic and international

John F. Kennedy International Airport: practical tips

If you are overwhelmed by the wide variety of food choices, find white-lit cubes and scan a QR code to access the cafes’ menus nearby to make your decision-making easier.

During a long wait, hop onto the free monorail (or AirTrain) that connects all six terminals. There is much to do and see at every terminal.

Find the Interfaith Chapel at Terminal 4: it offers passengers a bit of peace and quiet away from the chaos of the airport, free of charge.

Interesting facts you should know

Catch Me If You Can (2002), with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, was filmed at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

In 1978, the mafia stole around $21 million in today’s money at John F. Kennedy International Airport in one day.

NASA uses the airport’s grounds: it can authorize the landing of space shuttles on its longest runway.

Average monthly temperatures in New York City, USA

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Frequently asked questions

How many airports are in the US?

There are 19,622 airports in total, and 5,217 of them are public.

Which US airports have smoking areas?

You can find them in several airports, like Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Denver International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Harry Reid International Airport (formerly McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada), Tampa International Airport (Florida), Washington Dulles International Airport (Washington, D.C.), and Nashville International Airport (Tennessee).

Which US airports have pet relief areas?

Most major US airports have pet relief areas. Here are the main ones:

  • Denver International Airport.
  • Minneapolis–Saint Paul Airport (Minnesota).
  • Detroit Metro Airport (Michigan).

Which are the best US airports for plane-spotting?

Fans of this activity recommend Los Angeles International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Founders Plaza), and JFK International Airport (New York City).

Which US airports are close to ski resorts?

  • Jackson Hole Airport (Wyoming).
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (Utah).
  • Eagle County Regional Airport (near Vail, Colorado).

Which US airports are close to beaches?

They include Copalis State Airport (Washington state), Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (California), and Gulf Shores International Airport (Alabama).