The United States has some of the world’s busiest airports: In fact, 12 of the world’s top 30 were in the United States in 2012. But busy airports aren’t necessarily good ones, and big doesn’t mean user-friendly. (None of the top-10 US airports earned an Airline Service Quality award from Airports Council International.) Still, you’ll probably have to cope with at least one of these monsters — and sometimes two — on an upcoming trip. So knowing helps.
This report is written from the standpoint of a visitor unfamiliar with each airport and does not include some of the special gimmicks regular travelers or residents might use. The most widely used airport-traffic data measure the sum of deplaned, enplaned, and direct-transfer passengers, and the numbers for each major airline include passengers flown by affiliated regional carriers.
Data were pulled from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and represent the 12-month period from July 2012 to June 2013.