North American airports, witnessed an increase of passenger and cargo traffic in 2021 when compared to 2020. Overall passenger traffic increased by 73%, international passenger traffic saw an increase of 32%. On the other hand, domestic passenger traffic showed the strongest recovery with a growth of 78%. Overall air cargo traffic increased by 12.8%, as a result of a significant increase in international freight of 22.3% while domestic freight increased by 7.8% .

2021 Top 5 Airports By Passenger

  1. Atlanta
  2. Dallas Fort Worth
  3. Denver
  4. Chicago O’Hare
  5. Los Angeles

2021 Top 5 Airports By Cargo

  1. Memphis
  2. Anchorage
  3. Louisville
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Chicago O’Hare

2021 Top 5 Airports By Movements

  1. Atlanta
  2. Chicago O’Hare
  3. Dallas Fort Worth
  4. Denver
  5. Charlotte

2021 ACI-NA Airport Traffic Report

The 2021 ACI-NA Airport Traffic Report, produced by ACI World in Montréal, Canada, contains passenger, freight/mail and aircraft operations data for 268 North American airports. Data, as presented in the report, is for calendar year 2021. Download the Top 50 2021 North America Traffic Report.  ACI-NA Members can view full data and historical data.

Commercial passenger information includes domestic, international, direct transit, and total passengers for 2021 and percent change between 2020 and 2021.

Freight/mail statistics are divided into the two separate categories when available. The information solicited was air freight (including express) and mail which was enplaned and deplaned at the reporting airport. Total freight and mail and total international freight and mail is provided, as well as the percent change in cargo growth between 2020 and 2021.

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