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9 of the Largest Airports in the United States

Ishwari Pamu Sep 9, 2019
America has hundreds of airports, some of them are even ranked among the largest and the busiest airports in the world. Here’s a list of the largest ones in the US, in terms of area.

Denver International Airport

The largest airfield in America in terms of area, it spans around 33,532.2 acres. It has six runways but the 16,000 ft long 16R/34L is the longest runway in the country for public use.
The airport has been caught up in various controversies regarding the artwork, mural and sculptures. It has managed to serve around 64.5 million passengers in 2018, and is the fifth busiest in the continent, thanks to its astronomical size.

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Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

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Covering an area of 17,206 acres, it’s the second largest airport in America. The airport has five terminals and has handled 69 million passengers in the fiscal year of 2018.

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Orlando International Airport

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Founded in 1942, it was originally an army airfield but is now the busiest airport in Florida which served around 47.7 million passengers in 2018 and the third largest in the US occupying a total area of 13,302 acres.

Washington Dulles International Airport

Named after the 52nd Secretary of State, Foster Dulles, it covers an area of 12,000 acres; the location of the airport was picked by President Eisenhower.
The airport was unveiled by President John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower on November 7 of 1962, it’s a prime airport in the metropolitan region of Washington-Baltimore serving around 24 million passengers annually.

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport

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Fifth largest in America, it spans 10,999 acres in area and is the second busiest in Texas. It ranks in the top 10 list for passenger satisfaction among the ‘mega airports’ category.

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Salt Lake City International Airport

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Occupying over 7,700 acres, it has four runways, three helipads and three terminals, and is currently undergoing expansion. In 2018, the airport handled a total of 25.5 million passengers.

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O'Hare International Airport

Based in Chicago, it occupies around 7,627 acres of land making it the seventh largest in the US. It served a record 83 million passengers in the year of 2018 earning its place as the sixth busiest airport in the world.

San Francisco International Airport

Used as a training and a staging base for the Army Air Corps during WWII, it now covers 5,207 acres and was the largest airport in the continent when it opened in 2000. In 2018, the airport’s passenger traffic reached around 57.7 million.

John F. Kennedy International Airport

The airport occupies a total area of 5,200 acres.
Opened in 1948 as the New York international Airport, it was renamed as the John F. Kennedy International Airport as a homage to the 35th President of the US post his assassination.