Unless you fly by private jet, chances are you wouldn’t know which airports are the busiest when it comes to private aviation. That’s because nine out of the 10 busiest airports when it comes to general aviation don’t have commercial airline flights.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) statistics, Phoenix Deer Valley was the busiest private aviation airport followed by Denver’s Centennial Airport and Miami’s Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. Nine of the busiest 12 airports are located in Arizona and California. Overall, private aviation uses over 5,000 airports in all 50 states. It means that in addition to flying nearer to your final destination, where weather and air traffic delays pop us, private jet users can often reroute to a nearby airport to avoid delays.

The top 50 private jet airports:

1. Phoenix Deer Valley, AZ
2. Centennial Airport, CO
3. Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, FL
4. Long Beach, CA
5. Ernest A. Love Field, AZ
6. Gillespie Field, CA
7. Chandler Municipal Airport, AZ
8. Grand Forks Int’l, ND
9. Van Nuys, CA
10. Falcon Field, AZ
11. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, AZ
12. Montgomery Field Airport, CA
13. Republic Airport, NY
14. Vero Beach Municipal Airport, FL
15. John Wayne-Orange County, CA
16. Daytona Beach, FL
17. Portland-Hillsboro Airport, OR
18. North Perry Airport, FL
19. Sanford-Orlando, FL
20. Chino, CA
21. Richard Lloyd Jones, OK
22. Pompano Beach Airpark, FL
23. Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, FL
24. Reid-Hillview, CA
25. Palo Alto Airport, CA
26. Saint Lucie County Int’l Airport, FL
27. Scottsdale Airport, AZ
28. McClellan-Palomar Airport, CA
29. DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, GA
30. Fort Worth Meacham International Airport,
TX
31. Flagler County Airport, FL
32. North Las Vegas Airport, NV
33. Boeing Field, King County Airport, WA
34. Camarillo Airport, CA
35. Denton Municipal Airport, TX
36. Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, CO
37. New Smyrna Beach Municipal, FL
38. North East Florida Regional Airport, FL
39. Zamperini Field Airport, CA
40. Renton Municipal Airport, WA
41. Hayward Executive Airport, CA
42. Opa-Locka Executive Airport, FL
43. Merrill Field Airport, AK
44. Portland-Troutdale Airport, OR
45. McKinney National Airport, TX
46. Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, FL
47. Jacksonville Executive Airport at Craig, FL
48. Livermore Municipal Airport, CA
49. Oakland Country International Airport, MI
50. Buchanan Field Airport, CA

Source: Federal Aviation Administration 2017

About the Author Doug Gollan

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