Air Transportation

The United States has an extensive air transportation network. In 2013, there were 86 airports in the U.S. that annually handled over 1,000,000 passengers and twelve of the world's thirty busiest airports by passenger volume in 2014 were in the U.S. (down from 17 in 2004), including the world's busiest, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In 2012, 88% of all traffic was through the 62 busiest airports in the country. In terms of cargo, in 2015, eight of the world's thirty busiest airports were in the U.S., including the world's second busiest, Memphis International Airport. Private aircraft are also used for medical emergencies, government agencies, large businesses, and individuals, see general aviation.

Due to the geography of the United States and the generally large distances between major cities, air transportation is the preferred method of travel for trips over 300 miles (480 km), such as for business travelers and long distance vacation travelers. For cities closer together in the Northeastern part of the country (e.g. Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.), the Northeast Corridor rail line carries the majority of intercity traffic.

Since the start of the Great Recession, air traffic in the U.S. has declined and the U.S. government reported 1.2 million fewer scheduled domestic flights in 2013 than in 2007 (with decreases averaging between 9 and 24% at large and medium-sized airports, respectively). At the same time, the airline industry has also experienced rapid consolidation with all of nation's largest carriers experiencing mergers. The average domestic airline fare steadily increased from 2009 until the first quarter of 2017 where it retreated to the same average of 2009, the lowest the average fare has been since 1995.

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Scholarships for Air Transportation Majors

Bullet name award deadline Link
 

Academic Merit Scholarship - ABA

American Bus Association Foundation

$5,000 Varies See Details
 

Academic Merit Scholarship - ABA

American Bus Association Foundation

award

$5,000

deadline

Varies
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Nibs Meldrum Aviation Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

$3,600 Varies See Details
 

Nibs Meldrum Aviation Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

award

$3,600

deadline

Varies
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Heritage Scholarship (COT) - University of Montana, Montana Tech

University of Montana at Montana Tech

$3,568 Varies See Details
 

Heritage Scholarship (COT) - University of Montana, Montana Tech

University of Montana at Montana Tech

award

$3,568

deadline

Varies
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Dan L. Meisinger, Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship

National Air Transportation Association

$2,500 November 26, 2021 See Details
 

Dan L. Meisinger, Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship

National Air Transportation Association

award

$2,500

deadline

November 26, 2021
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NATA Business Scholarship

National Air Transportation Association

$2,500 December 31, 2021 See Details
 

NATA Business Scholarship

National Air Transportation Association

award

$2,500

deadline

December 31, 2021
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Louis Alan Merz Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

$2,100 Varies See Details
 

Louis Alan Merz Scholarship

Westminster College, Utah

award

$2,100

deadline

Varies
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Red Bud Industries Scholarship

Southwestern Illinois College

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

Red Bud Industries Scholarship

Southwestern Illinois College

award

$2,000

deadline

Varies
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License Plate Scholarship (COT) - University of Montana, Montana Tech

University of Montana at Montana Tech

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

License Plate Scholarship (COT) - University of Montana, Montana Tech

University of Montana at Montana Tech

award

$2,000

deadline

Varies
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Carl Luther Memorial Vo-Tech Scholarship

Colorado Farm Show

$2,000 November 01, 2021 See Details
 

Carl Luther Memorial Vo-Tech Scholarship

Colorado Farm Show

award

$2,000

deadline

November 01, 2021
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Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship

National Air Transportation Association

$1,500 March 25, 2022 See Details
 

Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship

National Air Transportation Association

award

$1,500

deadline

March 25, 2022
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