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Air Traffic By The Numbers

Every day, the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO) provides service to more than 43,000 flights and 2.6 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).

15,800,000+ Flights handled by the FAA yearly

43,000+ Average daily flights handled by FAA

5,000 aircraft in the sky at peak operational times

24,100,000 square miles of oceanic airspace

517 Airport Traffic Control Towers

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

21 Air Route Traffic Control Centers

155 Terminal Radar Approach Control Facilities

5,300,000 square miles of domestic airspace

> 6,000 Airway Transportation Systems Specialists

14,000 Air Traffic Controllers

166,000+ Fixed-wing general aviation aircraft

10,600 rotorcraft

24,833,000 general aviation flight hours per year

35,000 Experimental/lightcraft

19,346 US Airports, 4,898 Public Airports, 14,448 Private Airports

2,600,000+ passengers fly every day in and out of US airports

10,000,000+ schedule passenger flights yearly

42,500,000,000 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

235 Alaska Weather Cameras

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