Last year, there were almost ten million take offs of US registered airlines across the country (9,745,498 to be exact). This is just over a quarter of all of the takeoffs across the world. It is a staggering thought to think this averages to a takeoff every four seconds across the USA! The country has four of the top ten busiest airports in the world: Atlanta, LAX, and Chicago O’hare and Dallas-Fort Worth.
This is a reduction of about half a million takeoffs from 2013, the fourth year the number of takeoffs has declined in the USA. There has been a lot of rationalisation in the US air industry in the last five years (think Southwest-AirTran, Delta-Northwest, United-Continental, Frontier-Midwest).
The number is three times that of China which came second with 3.3 million takeoffs. China, however has grown by a million takeoffs a year in four years. Beijing is the second busiest airport in the world now, after Atlanta.
By country, these are the top ten countries by take off:
If growth continues at the current rate. then China will overtake the USA in just over a decade for number of takeoffs and passengers.
In my own life, I have had the most number of flights in Australia followed by the USA. China is in tenth place for me.