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Air Traffic By The Numbers

Every day, the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO) provides service to more than 44,000 flights and 2.7 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).

16,100,000+ Flights handled by the FAA yearly

44,000+ Average daily flights handled by FAA

5,000 aircraft in the sky at peak operational times

518 Airport Traffic Control Towers

77,000+ pieces of equipment and systems operate 365/24/7

21 Air Route Traffic Control Centers

154 Terminal Radar Approach Control Facilities

5,300,000 square miles of domestic airspace

>6,000 Airway Transportation Systems Specialists

14,695 Air Traffic Controllers

167,100 Fixed-wing general aviation aircraft

10,500 rotorcraft

25,212,000 general aviation flight hours per year

34,200 Experimental/lightcraft

19,622 US Airports, 5,092 Public Airports, 14,530 Private Airports

2,789,971 passengers fly every day in and out of US airports

1 billion passengers fly yearly

44,300,000,000 pounds of freight each year

5.1% aviation contributed to the gross domestic product

$446.8 Billion annual earnings from aviation-related jobs

10,600,000 US jobs generated from aviation

233 Alaska Weather Cameras

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