Hartsfield Retains ‘world’s Busiest’ Ranking

March 29, 2012 by staff 

Hartsfield Retains ‘world’s Busiest’ Ranking, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport remains the world’s busiest airport, according to the latest global ranking of airport traffic. But No. 2 Beijing is gaining ground. Atlanta’s airport, the world’s busiest since 1998, handled 92.4 million passengers in 2011, up 3.4 percent year-over-year.

But according to figures released by Airports Council International, Beijing Capital International Airport saw a 4.7 percent increase to 77.4 million passengers, slightly narrowing Atlanta’s lead. Beijing could eventually become the world’s busiest airport, but the 2011 figures make clear that time is not soon.

London Heathrow came in at No. 3, with 69.4 million passengers, followed by Chicago O’Hare with 66.6 million passengers. Atlanta did not make the top 30 airports list for air cargo traffic. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has made increasing air cargo traffic a priority since he campaigned for mayor.

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