Dabarti CGI/ShutterstockHaving a few options to fly in and out of when traveling can open up options for cheaper tickets. Depending on where you’re going, though, you’ll have a lot more airports to choose from than others.
The United States has the most airports in the country by far. As of 2013, it had a whopping 13,513 airports—a third of all the airports in the world, according to the CIA’s World Factbook. (Not that all U.S. airports are created equal. Learn the cheapest and most expensive airports in America.) The U.S. also has more than three times as many as Brazil’s 4,093, the country with the second most in the world. Other countries have dramatically fewer. In third comes Mexico with 1,714—no small number, but just a fraction of America’s.
If you extend the airport number to include public airports—where pilots, not just commercial airlines, can fly personal planes—the United States had a staggering grand total of 19,536 airports in 2016, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Countries with the most airports weren’t necessarily the ones with the highest populations, according to the CIA’s stats. China and India, the two most populated nations on the planet, had 507 and 346 airports, respectively, giving them the 14th and 21st most airports in the world. Though China might do quality over quantity—take a sneak peek inside what will soon be the biggest airport in the world.
Here’s a list of the top ten countries with the most airports:
There are 26 countries that have a single airport, including Bermuda and Australia’s Christmas Island. (Maybe it’s less surprising, then, that the “world’s most useless airport” is the only one on its island.) A total of 79 have less than 10 airports. You can check out the World Factbook’s whole list here.
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