Countries with the Most Airports

Name the countries of the world that have the most airports or airfields recognizable from the air.
The runway(s) may be paved or unpaved and may include closed or abandoned installations
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Last updated: March 17, 2021
First submittedMarch 18, 2013
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Country
13,513
United States
4,093
Brazil
1,714
Mexico
1,467
Canada
1,218
Russia
916
Argentina
855
Bolivia
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Country
836
Colombia
799
Paraguay
673
Indonesia
561
Papua New Guinea
539
Germany
507
China
481
Chile
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Country
464
France
460
United Kingdom
444
Venezuela
432
Ecuador
418
Australia
407
South Africa
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Level 82
Mar 19, 2013
Interesting quiz. Very hard to believe that Paraguay has more airports than China, India, Japan, Germany, etc.
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Level 71
Sep 17, 2017
My guess is it's because Chinese airspace is notoriously restricted to the point of it causing regular (and infuriating) delays with commercial airlines operating in and out of China. It's not something I've ever looked into, but I'm guessing that small, makeshift runways like the kinds supposedly everywhere in S. America aren't things that really exist in China.
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Level 82
Nov 7, 2017
I'm aware of the small airports all over South America. Product of the incredibly mountainous and difficult terrain and the lack of roads and other infrastructure... which is why almost every country on the continent is on here. But still... China and India are huge. I guess I shouldn't have said it's hard to believe but just that it's surprising.
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Level 66
May 13, 2019
A theme park needs to make a ride based on the mountain "roads" of South America. I probably still wouldn't go on it.
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Level 47
Dec 9, 2020
I live in South America. It is not that mountainous in the majority of the continent.
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Level 71
Apr 19, 2021
It looks like limited road access is a key factor here. Small, isolated communities, particularly in mountainous or otherwise inaccessible regions, will likely have an airstrip.
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Level 18
Apr 19, 2021
I think its actually because the Chinese relies more on its extensive high speed rail network to travel domestically rather than air travel.
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Level 65
Jan 15, 2018
During the earlier days of aviation, the US facilitated the construction of numerous airports throughout the Western Hemisphere to bolster trade and to improve accessibility in the event of a challenge to the Monroe Doctrine.
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Level 60
Oct 24, 2018
Much of the population in India is rural. With irregular electricity and water supply, no proper roads and the lack other basic facilities, it would certainly take a lot of time for all the towns to have airports. Also, think about the large population with very low GDP per capita, many people barely manage 2 meals a day so they might not just waste their earnings to travel through airplanes.
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Level 56
Mar 5, 2020
ok boomer
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Level 72
Oct 12, 2020
Yeah, but India also has bad roads, some challenging geography in the north, and limited railway capacity. Papua New Guinea would seem to meet virtually every one of your not-being-there criteria, squared.
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Level 60
Apr 20, 2021
Certainly not a limited Railway Capacity. You can go to almost anywhere in India in Train. IR serves every states of India and almost every union Territories except for some like Lakshadweep and Andaman and Ladakh though the Railway line to Ladakh is under construction. Indian Railways is vast and not really in a poor condition. Most trains run on electric except for some in the mountains and isolated villages. IR runs low cost trains because most Indians can't afford travelling in an Air conditioned train on a daily basis though IR has many Air conditioned trains too. High Speed Railway is under construction and will probably finish before California High Speed Rail. IR also possess one of the world's most powerful locomotives WAG 12 with a power of 12000 hp.

19 cities are served by a Rapid Transit with 12 distinct systems. Delhi Metro is bigger than London Underground. Do we still need that many Airports?

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Level 60
Apr 19, 2021
The reason is probably that India has a good railway system unlike Paraguay, Ecuador etc., so the need for many airports does not arise.
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Level 59
Apr 20, 2021
I'll make an observation that the majority of the countries on this list are younger/less developed (not exactly the right term, but...). It's cheaper and easier to get the land space needed for a landing strip than it is in countries that are more developed.

Additionally, like other have noted, transportation infrastructure comes into play as well.

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Level 65
Sep 11, 2017
Why are so many SA countries on here?
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Level 79
Sep 12, 2017
Because they have a lot of airports.
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Level 70
Sep 12, 2017
Best answer ever!
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Level 85
Jan 15, 2018
With 58 likes and counting, looks like many agree.
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Level 22
Jan 16, 2018
Great response mate
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Level 57
Jan 16, 2018
So true
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Level 67
Jan 17, 2018
84 likes now, you're becoming famous :D
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Level 63
Oct 28, 2018
Ooh... That comment has just overtaken another for second place in most-liked jetpunk comments I've ever seen. Number one is on the Elements Mentioned in the Bible Quiz.
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Level 71
Dec 4, 2018
Six away from overtaking that one ... can we beat it?
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Level 79
Jan 10, 2019
Dear God how did this reply get so popular
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Level 73
Mar 22, 2020
@brandybuck96 Is this the most like comment on Jetpunk? Is there a way to find out which comment is the most liked on this website?
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Level 51
Apr 16, 2020
rg1227 has a blog on it. It's the second most, after the Elements Mentioned Most in the Bible.
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Level 52
May 5, 2020
Shoot, 185 likes!
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Level 39
Mar 6, 2021
Pandora49 their are quizzes on it too
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Level 55
Apr 19, 2021
I'm like number 300 to the comment!
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Level 51
May 14, 2021
1st place!!! Congrats! I was waiting for this moment!!
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Level 87
Sep 13, 2017
Lots of little airfields due to poor road infrastructure
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Level 51
Mar 1, 2021
The fact that the countries are so mountainous probably helps.
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Level 48
Jan 15, 2018
But no Peru.
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Level 74
Sep 12, 2017
Seeing pretty much all SA countries on the list, can't help but wonder how much the drug trade had an impact on this...
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Level 71
Sep 16, 2017
That's a sobering thought!
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Level 59
Apr 19, 2021
A lot of places in SA are very difficult to access by train or car so they built airports.
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Level 58
Sep 12, 2017
Is there any reason that the airports/airfields per capita is so high in South America?
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Level 58
Sep 12, 2017
Like Bolivia has 1 airport/airfield in 12.7k population while China has 1 airport/airfield in 2.56m population. That difference is about 200 times. But of course, if comparing to India or Bangladesh, the number would be even more astonishing.
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Level 70
Sep 12, 2017
It depends what you call an airport. Most South American 'airports' are virtually landing strips where you can land and take off and that's about it. It also depends who uses the airport and for what purpose. Many light aircraft fly from South America to USA carrying cargo. The passenger aircraft only use a few of the major airports.
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Level 72
Sep 12, 2017
! don't think this is per-capita. I think it's the actual number of airports in the whole country. The South American countries probably have many more (but smaller) landing strips, as many places are very remote and much more accessible by air.
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Level 74
Sep 12, 2017
Very remote villages, accessible only by air (in terms of practicality). The Andes Mountains and the Amazon rain forest are incredible obstacles to road or rail construction. Kind of reminds me how it is very difficult and expensive to string traditional wired phone service - cellular towers are much more efficient and far cheaper than pulling wire. One airstrip versus a mountain road with tunnels....In a way, it is a blessing because the beautiful cultures in the deep interior of South America are much more likely to remain relatively intact with less encroachment from outside. That said, being cut off from the world has the effect of keeping these areas poor, and puts a tremendous limit on access to healthcare and education.
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2018
I planned to travel in Bolivia from La Paz to another destination (can't remember exactly what it was called, as it wasn't a city), and my travel options were a 40-minute flight or a 23-hour drive. That is not an exaggeration. The mountains, the rain forest, and the poverty make road travel over long distances very difficult. I took the flight, by the way.
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Level 61
Apr 19, 2021
Because the terrain is so difficult. In China you would just take a train or a highway. In Paraguay that is often not really an option; you need to use the tiny airstrip.
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Level 70
Sep 12, 2017
Forget South America, how come Papua New Guinea makes this list???
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Level 79
Sep 13, 2017
Rainforest again i would think
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Level 82
Nov 7, 2017
right. same answer. Difficult terrain, poor roads, no infrastructure like railroads etc.
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Level 65
Jan 15, 2018
Also some abandoned WWII fields.
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Level 57
Jan 16, 2018
Because it has enough airports to make the list.
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Level 72
Oct 12, 2020
Yeah, but Paraguay is also poor and unlike PNG, has NO challenging geography... It's flat! And it's on there too.
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Level 39
Jan 15, 2021
Because it has a lot of airports
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Level 60
Apr 19, 2021
islands as well
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Level 71
Jan 12, 2018
Very surprised the Vatican didn't make the list
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Level 71
Jan 15, 2018
They might have the most helipads per square metre
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Level 19
Feb 25, 2018
yeah!
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Level 73
Mar 22, 2020
Because the Vatican is a microstate (with smallest area and population), and actually has no airports in it (unsurprisingly).
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Level 52
May 5, 2020
I wonder if one could fit in it.
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Level 73
Mar 24, 2021
Around 3,000 acres minimum is required for an airport, and the Vatican is only 121 acres in size.
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Level 55
Apr 19, 2021
it was a joke...
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Level 69
Jan 15, 2018
Papua New Guinea???
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Level 55
Jan 15, 2018
Who knew?

Not me.

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Level 58
Jan 15, 2018
As kalbahamut has been pointing out, difficult terrain and poor roads means a lot more short distance air travel. Also in the case of PNG specifically I would expect a lot of it is left over infrastructure from WWII.
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Level 60
Apr 20, 2021
The proliferation of cargo cults!
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Level 39
Jan 15, 2018
Guessed them all but Papua New Guinea.
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Level 71
Jan 18, 2018
As about 90% of the test takers (me including). In hindsight it makes sense that it's on the list, but I still wouldn't have told about it.
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2018
Well, I'm surprised I got them all! PNG was one of my first guesses. So many valleys and mountains that air is the only access route for many.
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Level 43
Jan 15, 2018
Casually got all of them except for the UK...
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Level 73
Mar 22, 2020
Are you serious?
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Level 38
Jan 15, 2018
Can't believe I got png. Who would have thought.
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Level 70
Jan 15, 2018
I got them all with 1:00 left. Agreed with above comments. I thought about 1) countries with more money as airplanes are expensive; 2) significant land space to fit all those airports; 2) remote/sparsely populated countries where road travel is impossible or hard; and 3) military impact; places where wars were contested or where there is a lot of military activity.

I did also consider drug trade since that's one of the things, for better or worse, that comes to mind when considering aviation and the Americas. I guessed all the SA countries, which is the only reason I got Paraguay, I was surprised how many they had.

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Level 63
Jan 15, 2018
Literally the last country I thought of was PNG, and I decide to give up a split second later. I have never felt so ashamed.
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Level 70
Jan 15, 2018
So many people baffled about South America, but what's the deal with USA having 13,5K airports?
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2018
Whole lotta shipping planes. Plus, it's wealthy, populous, and huge. So...
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Level 63
Apr 19, 2021
Combination of factors including that flying is a fetishized hobby in the US. There are private airstrips (now mostly disused) built into the farmland all over the place. There's also Alaska which is huge with limited roads, although a lot of that traffic uses water for landing.
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Level 22
Jan 16, 2018
There better be 100% guessed USA..
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Level 57
Jan 16, 2018
Don’t worry... there is
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Level 37
Jan 17, 2018
got the south american nations but would have NEVER guessed papua new guinea
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Level 40
Jan 19, 2018
I too didn't think of Indonesia or png. Spaced that area of the world out I guess. Makes sense now.
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Level 62
Jan 19, 2018
Papua New Guinea, eh? I guess World War II really left a mark on such a remote and relatively small country.
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Level 45
Jan 20, 2018
How come most of the South American nations are there??
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Level 51
Apr 17, 2020
Because they have a lot of airports. (sorry brandybuck96!)
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Level 66
Aug 30, 2020
*crickets*
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Level 54
Jan 22, 2018
Papua New Guinea has more airports than... Germany?!
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Level 51
Apr 18, 2018
South America loves their airports!
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Level 67
Jun 26, 2018
USA - wtf??
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Level 83
Jun 26, 2018
You're the only one shocked.
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Level 38
Apr 11, 2020
Nope i am shocked too.
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Level 37
Apr 19, 2021
What could possibly be surprising about that?
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Level 57
Aug 21, 2018
Interesting. Very surprising list. These airports probably mostly in very remote areas
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Level 38
Apr 29, 2019
Tactic of picking countries with poor road and rail infrastructure paid off quite well re. the South American countries.
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Level 51
Apr 17, 2020
Why is everybody talking about PNG images.
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Level 66
Aug 30, 2020
I was baffled at first by all of the South American countries on the list, but after reading the explanations it makes more sense. Still have two questions though: 1. Why is Mexico so high? From what I can tell, Mexico doesn't have terrain nearly as difficult to navigate as South America. 2. Why isn't Peru on here when other smaller countries with similar terrain (like Ecuador) make it?
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Level 60
Apr 19, 2021
Evangelical missionaries built lots of airports in Ecuadorian jungle. That might be true in other countries.

And, recently, drug trade.

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Level 72
Oct 12, 2020
Ecuador but not India. Hmm.
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Level 50
Mar 27, 2021
I made the opposite quiz without knowing this existed! Countries with no airports.
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Level 50
Apr 19, 2021
I'm feeling quite sad now because I made this same quiz in 2020 :/
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Level 50
Apr 19, 2021
I have so many questions...

But somehow got 100% first try lol

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Level 41
Apr 19, 2021
i feel like a genius for getting a hundred on this
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Level 37
Apr 19, 2021
Just starting guessing South American countries as a joke, then kept going after every one turned out right lol. Is there a reason South America is fanatical about their airports?
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Level 58
Apr 19, 2021
Surprised by all the comments about PNG. It is not a small country. It is incredibly mountainous to the extent that tribes in adjoining valleys had no knowledge of each other. There's a reason why it has so may distinct languages. Light aircraft and helicopters are used to ferry goods and livestock as well as people. It is amazing to see people in traditional garb, who have no electricity or piped water queueing to board a plane only one or two generations after they first made contact with the outside world.
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Level 34
Apr 20, 2021
Got all except South Africa!
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Level 67
Apr 21, 2021
In Colombia, for example, from Bogotá to Pereira (a medium large city of 600k) it takes you thirty minutes by plane or nine hours by bus. Crossing the Andes takes a LOT of time.
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Level 55
Apr 23, 2021
Why are so many SA countries on here?
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Level 55
Apr 23, 2021
Because they have a lot of airports.
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Level 25
Jun 4, 2021
I totally didnt expect Papua New Guinea