United States of Airports

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Last week’s trivia: ⅓ of the world’s airports are located in one country, name that country.

It may seem strange that of all the large countries in the world the United States would have over ⅓ of all the airports in the entire world. Not only does the U.S. have that many airports, but they are exponentially leading other countries of similar size. Lets take a look at some facts.

The world houses about 44,000 airports throughout 190 countries. Over 15,000 of those airports are located here in the United States. Followed by Brazil with 4,072 airports, Mexico with 1,819, Canada with 1,404 and finally Russia with 1,213. Now it may not seem that weird that the U.S. would have around 11,000 more airports than that of Brazil, but when you take into account land area it seems strange. Of these 5 countries listed, Russia is the largest, Canada is the second largest, the U.S. is number 4, Brazil is 5 and Mexico is number 14 in the world. So for countries like Russia and Canada to be exponentially larger than the United States and only have a fraction of the airports the numbers become more important.

So why does the U.S. have such a large number of airports. Many factors contribute to this answer, but it all goes back to the 1930s-40s. In the time between WWI and WWII airfields were something that the U.S. believed every town should have. With road infastructures not what they are today, aviation was a reliable means of travelling long distances. Although lets be honest driving on Wisconsin roads today can’t be that much better. I kid I kid, but really. Also during this time air travel was not overly expensive, it was completely affordable for the upper middle class (aka rich farmers), so a lot of people could afford to use it. It also comes back to the media, but what doesn’t really. Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindberg and Howard Hughes made flying look glamourous. And one thing we all want is to be like celebrities, whether that was in the 30s or today. Celebrities influence the economy in great ways.

So overall America leads the world in number of airports and because of this me as well as my co workers have jobs. Flying was one of the most important inventions of all time (thanks wright brothers) and because of that we are able to see the world and don’t have to get scurvy on a rickety boat to get their.

This week’s trivia: What is the largest hotel in the world? 
If you would like to see some more of America’s airports, please give us a call 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com to schedule an appointment.  I suggest Detroit, it’s my favorite U.S. airport, I like the fountain.

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