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Air Traffic By The Numbers

Every day, the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO) provides service to more than 42,000 flights and 2.5 million airline passengers across more than 29 million square miles of airspace. With an airspace system as vast and complex as ours, it is helpful to have an easy-to-reference source for relevant facts and information. View the infographic below for a glimpse into ATO, or for more information, see Air Traffic by the Numbers (PDF).

Air Traffic by the numbers 5,000 aircraft in the sky at any given time 42,700 average daily flights handled by the FAA in 2016
Every minute, every hour, every day, there are men and women at work to ensure the safety and efficiency of our national airspace system. The numbers on this page represent their dedication to the critical public service they provide. 15,631,000 flights handled by the FAA in 2016
24,101,568 square miles of United States oceanic airspace
521 airport traffic control towers
65,000 pieces of equipment and systems operate 365/24/7
25 air route traffic control centers 160 terminal radar approach control facilities
5,282,000 square miles of United States domestic airspace
6,000 airway transportation systems specialists
14,050 air traffic controllers
164,200 fixed wing general aviation aircraft 10,500 rotorcraft
24,142,000 general aviation flight hours in 2015
6,871 commercial aircraft fleet 35,300 experimental/light sport
5,116 public airports, 14,485 private airports, 19,601 U.S. airports
2,587,000 passengers fly every day in and out of U.S. airports
26,527 average daily scheduled passenger flights
9,709,000 scheduled passenger flights in 2016
39.9 billion pounds of freight in 2016
Aviation contributes 5.1% to the U.S. gross domestic product Aviation related jobs create annual earnings of $446.8 billion
Aviation supports 10,600,000 jobs in the U.S. annually
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