Aviation is a growing industry that has accumulated over 15,800,000 yearly flights. In a single day, as registered by the Federal Aviation Administration, there are more than 43,000 flights and over 10,000 scheduled passenger flights every year. This excludes non-scheduled passengers, making it close to 2.6 million passengers flying from and to the United States’ airports each day. With all luggage or freight aircraft, there is over 42.5billion pounds of freight flown per year. This large number may seem unrealistic, however, during peak hours, there are over 5,000 aircraft in the sky.
In order to make all systems run smoothly, there are over 77,000 pieces of equipment that run all day long, all year long. Of all the people who are here to make it all work, there are over 6,000 airway transportation system specialists and 14,000 air traffic controllers. This can further all work together due to the 517 airport traffic control towers and the 21 air route traffic control centers.
All together, general aviation has clocked in an average of 24,833,000 hours of flight hours per year. With the 19,346 airports located in the United States only, there is a lot of possibilities for aircraft to fly in an out each day. This means there are nearly 5,000 public airports, with the rest being private airports all across the US. These large numbers associated with aviation has allowed for this industry to contributed to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product at 5.1%. It has allowed for $446.8billion in annual earnings from aviation-related jobs across the 10.6 million jobs aviation has created across the United States.
When you go on your next flight, remember of everyone else involved in flying or working to make all these flight passengers able to fly to new locations.