Bonus List

COUNTRIES WITH THE MOST (AND FEWEST) AIRPORTS PER 10,000 SQUARE MILES

Most of the "New World" has a higher density of airports than the "Old World," though densely populated Europe has a lot of airports too. The United States has more airports (14,807) than any other nation, though it only ranks #17 in density of airports. Desert nations which are both sparsely populated and less developed rank lowest. This list includes airports with paved or unpaved runways and does not include countries with less than 2,000 square miles.

Most Airports:

COUNTRY

1. Bahamas
2. Guatemala
3. El Salvador
4. Jamaica
5. Costa Rica
6. Vanuatu
7. Israel
8. Denmark
9. Paraguay
10. United Kingdom
AIRPORTS PER
10,000 SQ. MI.
117.1
107.5
89.9
82.5
75.5
63.7
63.6
59.5
56.0
49.8

Fewest Airports:

COUNTRY

1. Niger
2. Mali
3. Mauritania
3. Mongolia
5. Sudan
AIRPORTS PER
10,000 SQ. MI.
0.55
0.56
0.60
0.60
0.65

If Greenland were an independent nation, it would rank last with 0.17 airports per 10,000 square miles.

Source: CIA World Factbook, 2004 (most data from 2003).

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