Air Travel in US Regions

Dec 24, 2018
Air Travel in US Regions

The chart above shows the number of passengers that traveled by air in each US region.  The Southern US has the most air travelers just beating out the Western US.


  • The difference between the region with the greatest number of air travelers, the South, and the region with the least, the Midwest, is 182,174,941 passengers.
  • The South has 2.40 times the number of air travelers that the Midwest does.
  • The South accounts for 36.88% of the total air travel in the EU.
  • The largest contributor in each region makes up between 27 and 40 percent of the respective region's total.


  • Travel data is from 2017.
  • All figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth.
  • The Southern US consists of Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
  • The Western US consists of California, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, and Wyoming.
  • The Northeastern US consists of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • The Midwestern US consists of Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.


California, the state with the most air passengers has 85% of the air travelers of the entire Midwestern US.

California makes up 40.92% of the Western total, Illinois accounts for 38.92% of the Midwestern total, New York makes up 38.71% of the Northeastern passengers, and Florida accounts for 27.17% of the Southern passengers.


Federal Aviation Authority.  2018.  "Enplanements of All Commercial Service Airports (by Rank)."  Accessed November 26, 2018.

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