Miami International Airport is Actually America's Least Crowded Major Airport

People may call Miami International Airport a lot of nasty things, but apparently "crowded" shouldn't be one of them. According to a new analysis of airport capacity from, MIA came out as the least crowded major airport in America.

To come up with the list, Forbes analyzed the top twenty airports in America by passenger traffic. They then based the rankings on "an equal weighting of passengers per square foot and passengers per gate."

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport came out on top, which isn't surprising considering it's also the world's busiest airport. MIA, in comparison, gives you lots of personal space:

In contrast, the least crowded major airport on our list, Florida's Miami International, only has 40 percent of Hartsfield-Jackson's traffic, but it has 7.5 million square feet of terminal space; Miami has only 127 gates, but that's still a far higher ratio of people to gates.

Atlanta's airport actually has less terminal square footage at 6.8 million. So the next time you complain about a trip to MIA, leave "too crowded" off your list of gripes.

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Kyle Munzenrieder