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Countries with the Most Airports

Name the countries of the world that have the most airports or airfields recognizable from the air.
Source: CIA World Factbook, 2013
The runway(s) may be paved or unpaved and may include closed or abandoned installations
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First submittedMarch 18, 2013
Last updatedSeptember 11, 2017
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Country
13,513
United States
4,093
Brazil
1,714
Mexico
1,467
Canada
1,218
Russia
1,138
Argentina
855
Bolivia
836
Colombia
799
Paraguay
673
Indonesia
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Country
566
South Africa
561
Papua New Guinea
539
Germany
507
China
481
Chile
480
Australia
464
France
460
United Kingdom
444
Venezuela
432
Ecuador
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level 77
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 69
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 77
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 63
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 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 58
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 59
Sep 11, 2017
Why are so many SA countries on here?
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level 76
Sep 12, 2017
Because they have a lot of airports.
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level 65
Sep 12, 2017
Best answer ever!
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level 79
Jan 15, 2018
With 58 likes and counting, looks like many agree.
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level 24
Jan 16, 2018
Great response mate
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level 43
Jan 16, 2018
So true
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level 59
Jan 17, 2018
84 likes now, you're becoming famous :D
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level 57
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 66
Dec 4, 2018
Six away from overtaking that one ... can we beat it?
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level 76
Jan 10, 2019
Dear God how did this reply get so popular
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level 80
Sep 13, 2017
Lots of little airfields due to poor road infrastructure
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level 46
Jan 15, 2018
But no Peru.
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level 67
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 56
Sep 12, 2017
Is there any reason that the airports/airfields per capita is so high in South America?
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level 56
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 67
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 66
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 70
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 61
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 65
Sep 12, 2017
Forget South America, how come Papua New Guinea makes this list???
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level 73
Sep 13, 2017
Rainforest again i would think
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level 77
Nov 7, 2017
right. same answer. Difficult terrain, poor roads, no infrastructure like railroads etc.
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level 62
Jan 15, 2018
Also some abandoned WWII fields.
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level 43
Jan 16, 2018
Because it has enough airports to make the list.
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level 72
Jan 12, 2018
Very surprised the Vatican didn't make the list
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level 69
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 61
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 42
Jan 15, 2018
Guessed them all but Papua New Guinea.
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level 66
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 62
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 44
Jan 15, 2018
Casually got all of them except for the UK...
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level 38
Jan 15, 2018
Can't believe I got png. Who would have thought.
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level 65
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 57
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 65
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 61
Jan 15, 2018
Whole lotta shipping planes. Plus, it's wealthy, populous, and huge. So...
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level 24
Jan 16, 2018
There better be 100% guessed USA..
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level 43
Jan 16, 2018
Don’t worry... there is
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level 39
Jan 17, 2018
got the south american nations but would have NEVER guessed papua new guinea
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level 41
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 61
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 49
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 72
Jun 26, 2018
You're the only one shocked.
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level 52
Aug 21, 2018
Interesting. Very surprising list. These airports probably mostly in very remote areas
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level 39
Apr 29, 2019
Tactic of picking countries with poor road and rail infrastructure paid off quite well re. the South American countries.