It will come as no surprise to you, a general aviation enthusiast, that the United States contains a considerable number of airports. Even so, the actual number of airports may be higher than you imagine. Higher by quite a bit, frankly.

Our non-aviation enthusiast counterparts may feel differently, however. They may learn that in 2004 the United States Department of Transportation listed 599 certificated airports in its tally. If that number seems low to you — and it probably does — consider that the term “certificated airport” relates to only those airports that serve air-carrier operations with aircraft seating more than nine passengers.

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