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Number of U.S. Airports

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Details may not add up to totals due to rounding by the source.


KEY: U = data are not available; R = revised.

a Includes civil and joint-use civil-military airports, heliports, STOL (short takeoff and landing) ports, and seaplane bases in the United States and its territories. Sole-use military airports are included beginning in 2007.

bTotal airports in 2006 does not sum from Public and Private based on the source data.

c Total Landing Areas includes airports, heliports, seaplane bases, gliderports, balloonports, and ultralights.

dMilitary includes public use and private use and are included in appropriate public or private use numbers.

eCertificated airports serve air-carrier operations with aircraft seating more than 9 passengers but less than 31 passenger seats. As of 2005, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) no longer certificates military airports. 

f Total General aviation commercial service

g 2015 data are not available.


1980-2011: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Administrator's Fact Book (Washington, DC). 

2012-19: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, personal communication, as of Aug. 21, 2014, Aug. 31, 2015, Jun. 22, 2017, Jul. 9, 2018, May 14, 2019, and May 4, 2020.