The map above shows the number of airports in each US state that serve at least 15,000 passengers per year. Texas leads all other US states and beats California by a slim margin.
- Texas has the most airports in the US that serve at least 15,000 passengers annually at 24.
- Delaware has the least at none. Of the states that do have a busy airport Vermont has the least with one.
- New York and Florida have considerably smaller areas than several Western states but have many more busy airports.
- The median number of busy airports in the US is 5, the mean 6.96.
- The data is from 2017.
- The map is presented in an Albers equal-area conic projection.
- The choropleth classification is based on Jenks or natural breaks.
Even though Alaska has one of the smallest populations in the US, it still has a lot of busy airports, likely due to the fact that the road network is very limited in the state and bush planes make up a large part of the state's transportation. Delaware has not had a busy airport since the last major commercial airliner stopped flying to Wilmington in 2015.
Texas, California, Alaska, Florida, and New York make up one-quarter of the nation's busy airports. Thirteen states make up half of the busy airports in the US: Texas, California, Alaska, Florida, New York, Michigan, North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, and any of Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, or Wisconsin. Adding another thirteen states and the leading 26 states makes up three-quarters of the country's busy airports.
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Federal Aviation Authority. 2018. "Enplanements of All Commercial Service Airports (by Rank)." Accessed November 26, 2018. https://www.faa.gov/airports/planning_capacity/passenger_allcargo_stats/passenger/media/cy17-commercial-service-enplanements.pdf.