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Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Busiest airport in USA

What are the top 10 busiest airports in the United States for the year 2018? If you’re thinking Atlanta International Airport, you’re wrong. Overtaking Hartsfield-Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare has been deemed the busiest airport in United States for the year 2018. As per data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, Chicago O’Hare is the busiest airport in United States for the year 2018 for having the most number of flight operations in the past year.

The latest data which will reveal the busiest airport in the United States based on passenger traffic is unavailable as yet.

This is the first time in four years (since 2014) that Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) has beaten Hartsfield-Atlanta in this category. While Chicago O’Hare is undoubtedly among the best airports in the US 2018 and earlier, it can now add the ‘busiest airport’ feather to its cap, even if it’s in terms of the number of flight operations.

Facts and Figures:

For those curious to know how Chicago O’Hare is the busiest airport in United States, here are the numbers according to the data released by the Federal Aviation Administration: Chicago O’Hare had over 903,000 arrivals and departures in the past year. Hartsfield Atlanta, on the other hand, has over 895,000.

The total number of flight operations was determined by the Aviation Administration by keeping in consideration the number of commercial flights, military flights, general aviation flights, as well as air taxi flight operations.

As per this, the top five busiest airports in the US were deemed to be as such –

  1. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  3. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  4. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  5. Denver International Airport (DEN)

What made Chicago O’Hare top the list of busiest US airports in 2018?

Flight operations at Chicago O’Hare increased by 4.2 percent last year. In contrast, Hartsfield-Atlanta saw an increase in just about 1.8 percent. United Airlines, the largest carrier at O’Hare Airport, has played a major part in making Chicago O’Hare the busiest airport in United States. It has been consistently adding more flights from its Chicago hub to small cities across the Midwest.

“It’s really not surprising that Chicago O’Hare is the busiest airport in United States for the past year. In fact, we won’t be surprised if O’Hare was among the top busiest airports in terms of passenger traffic as well. O’Hare is a popular choice among our travelers throughout the year. Our booking agents are perpetually flooded with calls and requests for cheap flights from Chicago to India and vice-versa. With Chicago O’Hare being one of the classiest and in-demand international airports in USA, we don’t expect the numbers to go down,” states a travel expert associated with the US-based travel agency, Indian Eagle.

What’s the catch?

While Chicago O’Hare is the busiest airport in United States for the number of flight operations, it might not be the busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic.

Yes, Chicago O’Hare is the busiest airport in United States when you take into account the number of flight operations it has had over the past year. O’Hare Airport last held the top spot in this category in 2014. However, it might still be tipped by Atlanta in terms of passenger traffic. As per data, Hartsfield Atlanta was the busiest airport in not just the United States but also the world in 2017 in terms of passenger traffic. O’Hare came in sixth on that list.

We’ll be able to know for sure where Chicago O’Hare stands on the list of the busiest airports in USA in terms of passenger traffic only when data for this is revealed later in the year. Until then, Chicago O’Hare is the busiest airport in United States for the year 2018 in terms of the number of flight operations.

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