Busiest Airports In The US For International Traffic [SLIDESHOW]

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on April 05 2013 5:12 AM
1 – JFK Airport Terminal 3, New York City
Terminal 3 serves Delta exclusively and “is known for endless immigration lines in a dank basement, for an utter lack of food and shopping options, three crowded and confusing entry points, hallways that could have been designed by M.C. Escher and for vomiting international travelers out onto an underground sidewalk with no cabs available,” according to Frommer’s. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Hartsfield-Jackson International may be the busiest airport in the world, but when it comes to international traffic, the Atlanta hub doesn’t even crack the top five in the U.S., according to statistics released on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, or BTS.

The agency ranked all U.S. airports by the number of passengers in 2012 and said that a total of 815.3 million scheduled passengers traveled on U.S. and foreign airlines serving the U.S. over the 12-month period, a 1.3 percent increase from 2011.

U.S. airlines carried 0.6 percent more domestic passengers and 2 percent more international passengers than in the prior year. Moreover, the number of passengers traveling to and from the U.S. on foreign carriers increased 6.8 percent.

“The upward trend of international passenger numbers continued with increases from each month of 2011 to the same month in 2012,” the BTS said.

By contrast, domestic numbers decreased.

So, where are all of these international travelers flying into and out of? Scroll through the slideshow above for a look at America’s busiest airports for international traffic.

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