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Hartsfield-Jackson experiences increase in passenger traffic

Passenger traffic at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport increased 3.72 percent in the first six months of 2011, compared to last year during the same time period said an airport spokeswoman.

Katena Carvajales said traffic increased from 43,407,64 to 45,022,375 travelers bustling through the world’s busiest airport.

“Our passenger numbers reflect the strong growth we have been experiencing at Hartsfield-Jackson over the past year or more,” said Louis Miller, aviation general manager for the airport.

He said passenger traffic is currently higher than the levels experienced in 2008, “which was a record year for the airport.”

On another note, said Carvajales, aircraft operations faced a 2.76 percent decline during the six-month period. This includes aircraft landings and takeoffs, she said.

The number of operations decreased from 470,739 to 457,724, she said. The smaller regional aircraft was the reason for most of the decrease. International aircraft operations rose 11.8 percent, she added.

Air cargo rose 3.16 percent during this year’s six-month time span, from 318,869 to 328,930 metric tons, said Carvajales. International air cargo went up 1.98 percent.