Hartsfield-Jackson Remains Busiest Airport In The World


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Hartsfield-Jackson Remains Busiest Airport In The World

Mike Mitchell

January 30, 2011 - For the 13th consecutive year, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest passenger airport in the world and, for the fifth consecutive year, is also the world's busiest airport in terms of operations (landings and takeoffs). According to a year-end report issued on Thursday by the Airport, passenger and air cargo traffic at Hartsfield-Jackson increased in 2010 over 2009. 

Hartsfield?Jackson Atlanta International Airport known locally as Atlanta Airport, Hartsfield Airport, and Hartsfield?Jackson, is located seven miles (11 km) south of the central business district of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It has been the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic and number of landings and take-offs since 1999, now serving 89 million passengers per year.

The airport is the primary hub of AirTran Airways, Delta Air Lines, and Delta Connection partner Atlantic Southeast Airlines; the Delta hub is the world's largest airline hub. Delta Air Lines flew 55.96% of passengers from the airport in 2009, AirTran flew 17.75%, and Atlantic Southeast Airlines flew 14.35%.

The airport has 195 gates domestic and international (Terminal 1:15 gates; Concourse A: 34 gates; Concourse B: 34 gates; Concourse C: 37 gates; Concourse D: 33 gates; Concourse E: 33 gates. Total 186 Gates). 

Hartsfield?Jackson held its ranking as the world's busiest airport in 2009, both in terms of passengers and number of flights, by accommodating 88 million passengers (240,000 passengers daily) and 970,235 flights. Many of the nearly one million flights are domestic flights from within the United States where Atlanta serves as a major hub for travel throughout the Southeastern United States. 

Hartsfield?Jackson International Airport has international service to North America, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. As an international gateway to the United States, Hartsfield?Jackson ranks seventh.  

The airport is located mostly in unincorporated areas in Fulton and Clayton counties; the city limits of Atlanta College Park, and Hapeville extend to the airport grounds. The airport is served by MARTA's Red/Gold rail line.

"We are pleased that Hartsfield-Jackson has grown both its passenger and air cargo numbers in 2010 and is recognized as the world's busiest passenger airport again," said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. "We anticipate further growth in 2011 as we focus our energies on being the global leader in airport efficiency and customer service excellence." 


Hartsfield-Jackson's passenger numbers increased by 1.51 percent -- from 88 million in 2009 to 89.33 million in 2010. International passengers increased by 3.47 percent, from 8.83 million to 9.14 million, slightly less than 2008's record number of 9.18 million international passengers. 

Total air cargo grew by 17.05 percent, from 563,139 metric tons in 2009 to 659,129 metric tons in 2010. International air cargo increased by 24.22 percent, from 310,055 metric tons to 385,136 metric tons. While landings and takeoffs decreased by 2.07 percent, from 970,235 in 2009 to 950,119 in 2010, Hartsfield-Jackson remains the world's busiest airport in terms of operations.


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a frequent recipient of awards of excellence for concessions, operations, architectural engineering and construction, including being named the World's Most Efficient Airport by the Air Transport Research Society.  

It is undergoing $6 billion-plus in capital improvements, which include a new, energy-efficient rental car center; a new, 12-gate international terminal; and aesthetic and functional upgrades to its concourses, people movers and parking services.

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