Hartsfield remains world’s busiest airport

ATLANTA – Passenger traffic at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport increased by 1.51 percent in 2010, and the airport retained its title as the “busiest passenger airport in the world.”

For the fifth straight year, the airport was also the world’s busiest in terms of landings and takeoffs even though the total number of landings and takeoffs decreased by slightly more than 2 percent, according to the airport’s year-end report.

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

The number of international passengers increased 3.47 percent in 2010. The 9.14 million international passengers during 2010 is only slightly lower than the 9.18 million passengers who passed through the airport in 2008, the most ever for a single year,

In addition, air cargo grew by 17.05 percent in 2010, while international air cargo grew by 24.22 percent, the airport said.

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