Busiest Airports In The US For International Traffic [SLIDESHOW]

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
  • Miami International Airport
    While MIA dipped in the rankings, it improved its average wait time. Still, it's disconcerting to know that after 3 p.m., your odds of being delayed stand at about 25 percent. Best Time: Before 8 a.m. Worst Time: 2-11 p.m., especially 5-10 p.m. Wikimedia Commons
  • LAX
    3.Los Angeles International Airport—With celeb travelers aplenty, TSA agents haven’t been able to keep their hands off of the riches; 24 agents have been axed for stealing. Traffic wise, it ranks third. Wikimedia Commons
  • Newark International Airport
    While many airports on the list saw a marked improvement, Newark--long established as the nation's worst--slid further into transit shame. After 7 p.m. at Newark, you might as well just consider yourself delayed Best Time: 7 a.m. Worst Time: 1-11p p.m. Wikimedia
  • No. 5 Chicago O’Hare
    Enplaned international passengers at Chicago O’Hare fell 1.9 percent to 5.2 million. creative commons/afagen
  • Atlanta Airport
    4.Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport—Though it’s a slight drop off from other airports, Hartsfield-Jackson still had 17 agents fired over theft allegations. Atlanta’s airport is the busiest in the nation. Wikimedia Commons
  • San Francisco International Airport
    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is reportedly considering different methods that would restrict the sale of hard liquor as the Super Bowl draws near. Best Time: Before 8 a.m. Worst Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Wikimedia
  • No. 8 Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport
    Enplaned international passengers at Houston Bush rose 0.5 percent to 4.2 million. creative commons/hyku
  • No. 9 Washington Dulles
    Enplaned international passengers at Washington Dulles rose 2.8 percent to 3.1 million. creative commons/xavier de jaureguiberry
  • No. 10 Dallas-Fort Worth
    Enplaned international passengers at Dallas-Fort Worth rose 10.8 percent to 2.6 million. creative commons/dimmerswitch
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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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