I've flown into the top ten busiest airports (movements) in the world with 9 out 10 airports located in the U.S. See the table. Note the three New York airports (EWR, LGA, JFK) don't make the cut, but the airspace is littered with airplanes criss-crossing the skies.
I don't know how we safely flew without the system. A true marvel and one of the top aviation innovations as far as I'm concerned.
WORLD'S BUSIEST AIRPORTS
|1.||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||ATL/KATL||978,824||▬||▼1.6%|
|2.||O'Hare International Airport||Chicago, Illinois, United States||ORD/KORD||881,566||▬||▼4.9%|
|3.||Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, United States||DFW/KDFW||656,310||▬||▼4.3%|
|4.||Los Angeles International Airport||Los Angeles, California, United States||LAX/KLAX||622,506||▬||▼8.6%|
|5.||Denver International Airport||Denver, Colorado, United States||DEN/KDEN||619,503||▬||▲0.9%|
|6.||McCarran International Airport||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||LAS/KLAS||578,949||▬||▼5.0%|
|7.||George Bush Intercontinental Airport||Houston, Texas, United States||IAH/KIAH||576,062||▬||▼4.6%|
|8.||Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport||Seine-et-Marne/Seine-Saint-Denis/Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France,France||CDG/LFPG||559,816||▬||▲1.3%|
|9.||Charlotte/Douglas International Airport||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States||CLT/KCLT||536,253||▲1||▲2.6%|
|10.||Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||PHX/KPHX||502,499||▼1||▼6.8%|
9 out of 10 - Now I know why it's so busy! How I miss the quieter trips to Rouyn, Val-D'Or, Sidney, Yarmouth, Sudbury, ...
Anon. Yes, keep your heads up. It's busy down there.
Tomorrow I fly to Calgary from Toronto. I like flying the Canadian route because it's quieter on the radios.
Great blog from a Canadian Aviation perspective. Enjoy reading it.
I'm a skipper with Monarch over in the UK and follow the Scotsman (who I know incidentally - and the mask he uses is a big improvement sorry Ian!).
Your wait for a command at AC seems long - even by BA's standards. We're small, so you can get excellent command prospects in less than a decade. I'm currently on the A300-603Rs - but heading onto the side-sticks shortly. You'll have to give me some handy hints!
All the best Mike
Hi Mike. Thanks for the kind words. Funny Ian just posted on my blog. He's a wealth of knowledge. The mask thing is keeping everyone on their toes - including me.
Command upgrades at Air Canada can be a short wait as well. I had the opportunity to go left seat on the DC-9, but I didn't want to go back to "steam driven" instruments.
Plus I could have gone left seat on the A320 sooner, but I commuted so I denied the opportunity for a few years. The right seat on the A340 was a little less pay than captain on the A320.
I see Monarch has some A320s, A321s and a couple of A330s. Are you going on the big bus?
Thanks for the post!
Andrew. I see LHR (Heathrow) now ranks second as far as passengers moved in 2009. It was ranked third in passengers travelled in 2008.
My list was for aircraft movements.
Good eye though.
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