The Unites States has long been a popular travel destination, being home to world-renowned attractions. With visitors coming from all around the globe, it is therefore no surprise that the county houses some of the best and busiest airports in the world. Here’s a look at the top 5 of the United States’ busiest airports and what airport facilities for Muslims are available at airports in USA.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
First on our list is the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Not only is this airport the busiest in the United States, it also happens to be the busiest in the world. Located in Atlanta Georgia, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport saw over 96 million passengers in 2014. The airport has 151 domestic gates, and 28 international ones. It therefore caters to the needs and wants of all passengers. Muslim travelers will be pleased to know that there are prayer facilities at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Muslim passengers can therefore offer their prayers at the interfaith chapel, which also holds Jumu’ah prayers every Friday.
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Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX saw over 70 million passengers in 2014. Serving the Greater Los Angeles Area and as a hub for major airlines like American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Virgin America, LAX is the United States’ second busiest airport. It connects 87 domestic and 69 international destinations, and houses 9 passenger terminals.
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Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Serving 153 domestic and 57 international destinations, Chicago O'Hare International Airport is the busiest airport in the world by number of yearly takeoffs and landings, and was once the busiest airport in the United States. Today, with a whopping 70,015,746 passengers in 2014, it takes the third spot in our line-up of the busiest airports in the USA. Airport facilities for Muslims at O'Hare International Airport include an interfaith chapel, with ablution facilities.
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Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the primary airport that serves the Dallas–Fort Worth area, and is the fourth busiest in the country. It services 55 international and 147 domestic destinations, and is the largest hub for American Airlines. Muslim travelers in need of prayer facilities at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport can visit the airport’s interfaith chapel.
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John F. Kennedy International Airport
New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport or JFK International Airport, offering direct flights to destinations all across the globe, is the fifth busiest airport in the Unites States. Handling over 53 million passengers in 2014, JFK offers a variety of services and facilities for Muslims, including an interfaith chapel, which can be found in Terminal 3 for passengers who require prayer facilities at John F. Kennedy International Airport. There is also one known Halal restaurant at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Eat & Go Istanbul in Terminal 1 is believed to serve Halal food.
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Other airports that deserve a mention in this list include Denver International Airport; which is the sixth busiest airport in the United States, San Francisco International Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, McCarran International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which came in seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth places respectively.