Your Guide to Airports Based on the Pacific Coast and the West

Edited by Benet Wilson

Here's a guide with the latest information and links for major airports in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state.

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    ••• A Cessna Caravan operated by New Mexico Airlines taxis to the runway at Albuquerque International Sunport. Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images

    The airport handled 4.7 million passengers in 2016. It's served by seven major airlines:  Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United, with direct flights to 24 cities. It also receives regular service from commuter airline Boutique Air. 

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    ••• A view from Denver International Airport. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    Denver International Airport is one of the friendlier airports around. There always seems to be ample supply of volunteers ready to assist passengers arriving at ​this busy airport. It also has services including therapy pets, a Westin hotel and a simply amazing cell phone lot that includes play areas and restaurants. The airport is the 17th-busiest airport in the world and the sixth-busiest airport in the United States, serving more than 54 million passengers a year in 2015.

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    ••• Slot machines at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    Yes, there are slot machines in the airport. There's also an oxygen bar, pet relief areas, an airport art program and an aviation museum. The airport served 45.4 million passengers in 2015, making it the eighth-busiest airport in the U.S. 

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    ••• The Villaraigosa Pavilion in the Tom Bradley International Terminal in Los Angeles International Airport. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    Los Angeles International Airport is home to the iconic and visually striking Theme Building, home of Encounter restaurant. The airport has been upgrading its nine terminals by adding new passenger amenities, along with restaurants and shopping at all price points.

    LAX is the seventh-busiest airport in the world and ​thirf in the United States, serving 74.9 million passengers in 2015.  The airport offers 692 daily nonstop flights to 85 cities in the U.S. and 928 weekly nonstop flights to 67 cities in 34 countries on 59 commercial air carriers. 

     

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    ••• A baggage claim area at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Photo courtesy of Benet J. Wilson

    Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the 11th largest one in the United States, serving 44 million passengers in 2015. On a typical day, it handles more than 1,200 aircraft arrivals and departures and more than 100,000 passengers every day. Services available at the airport include an aviation museum, art exhibits throughout the airport and help when you have car trouble. and help when you have car trouble.

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    A sign is posted in front of the new Yoga Room at San Francisco International Airport's terminal two
    ••• San Francisco International Airport's Yoga Room. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    San Francisco International Airport is a popular gateway to the international destinations in the Pacific region. It served 50 million passengers in 2015, making it the seventh-busiest airport in the U.S. It offers non-stop flights to more than 40 international cities on 34 international carriers. It also connects non-stop with 77 cities in the U.S. on 13 domestic airlines. It is noted for the first Yoga Room in a U.S. airport, along with restaurants with a strong local flair.

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    ••• A painted window in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Photo courtesy of Curtis + Renee/Flickr

    Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the 13th busiest U.S. airport, serving 42.3 million passengers in 2015. The airport is home to 25 airlines that serve 87 nonstop domestic and 21 international destinations. 

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    Portland International Airport

    ••• A terminal at Portland International Airport. Photo courtesy of Dileep Eduri/Flickr

    Oregon's Portland International Airport handled 186,486 commercial flight operations and 16.8 million passengers in 2015, making it the 32d busiest airport in the U.S. It is served by 18 domestic and international carriers. The airport is well known for having a mix of local eateries, including a brewpub, and retail to offer a great passenger experience.

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    ••• The outside of Terminal 1 at Oakland International Airport. Photo courtesy of Oakland International Airport

    Oakland International, located 25 miles west of San Francisco, is the fourth-largest airport in California. It served 11.2 million passengers in 2015, making it the 40th-busiest U.S. airport. It has flights to 50 destinations on 13 different airlines. The airport has easy transportation options including Amtrak, the BART subway and buses.

     

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    ••• The main check-in hall at Reno–Tahoe International Airport. Photo courtesy of Gresham, Smith and Partners

    This is Nevada's second-largest airport and serves as the gateway to the Lake Tahoe region. The area is well known for water activity during the summer and world-class skiing in the winter. It has more than  2,400 employees, is the 66th busiest commercial airport in the U.S. and is home to eight airlines. It serves approximately four million passengers a year. 

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    ••• A artists rendering of the main terminal currently under construction at Salt Lake City International Airport. Image courtesy of Salt Lake City International Airport

    The airport serves more than 23 million passengers a year and is the 25th busiest airport in North America. As a Delta Air Lines hub, it offers more than 340 flights daily to more than 93 nonstop destinations. The airport is undergoing a $3.1 billion redevelopment program to include a new parking garage, new terminal and two new concourses. 

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    ••• The ticket lobby at San Diego International Airport. Photo courtesy of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

    This Southern California airport served 20 million passengers in 2015, making it the 29th busiest U.S. facility. It is served by 13 U.S. and five international airlines with 500 daily flights to more than 50 destinations. The airport completed the Green Build, a $1 billion upgrade, in August 2013. 

     

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    ••• The exterior of San Jose International Airport. Photo courtesy of Hensel Phelps

    Branded as Silicon Valley's airport, Mineta San José International served 9.7 million passengers in 2015 and was the 45th-busiest in the U.S.. Travelers have access to 150 flights a day on 13 domestic and international carriers to 35 nonstop destinations. Airport amenities include modern terminal buildings, free and fast WiFi, comfortable seating with built-in power outlets, a lounge open to all travelers and Global Entry kiosks to expedite arriving international passengers.