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Hartsfield-Jackson breaks passenger volume record

Airport continues as ‘world’s busiest’

File Photo: Hartsfield-Jackson broke its 2008 record of 90 million passengers in 2011, with 92.39 million travelers, making 2011 the busiest year ever. The airport also continues to hold the title of “world’s busiest airport.”

File Photo: Hartsfield-Jackson broke its 2008 record of 90 million passengers in 2011, with 92.39 million travelers, making 2011 the busiest year ever. The airport also continues to hold the title of “world’s busiest airport.”

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport continues its streak of owning the title of “world’s busiest airport,” according to an airport spokeswoman.

Katena Carvajales said this is the airport’s 14th consecutive year with the designation.

Preliminary data shows that Hartsfield-Jackson’s passenger traffic rose by more than 3.5 percent between 2010 and 2011, making last year the airport’s busiest year to date, she said.

There were 92.39 million passengers moving through the airport in 2011, which is 2.6 percent more than the previous record of 90 million passengers in 2008, she explained.

“We’re growing faster than the North American average, which is no easy feat during these tough economic times,” added Louis Miller, aviation general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson.

He said the airport is looking forward to future growth, as the opening of the Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. International Terminal nears this spring.

The airport’s passenger numbers, said Carvajales, increased by 3.53 percent, from 89.24 million in 2010, to 92.39 million in 2011.

The number of international passengers grew by 7.86 percent, from 9.14 million in 2010, to 9.86 million last year.

Aircraft operations — landings and takeoffs — decreased by 2.75 percent, however. They fell from 950,119 in 2010, to 923,996 in 2011, she said. Most of the decline, she explained, was caused by airlines’ decision to reduce their use of smaller, regional aircraft.

Carvajales said international aircraft operations –– landings and takeoffs –– rose by 11.09 percent, from 61,916 in 2010, to 68,781 in 2011.

The airport’s total air cargo operations also increased, going from 659,129 metric tons in 2010, to 663,162 metric tons in 2011, she said.

For December 2011, passenger traffic rose by 1.17 percent over December 2010, from 7.13 million, to 7.21 million, added Carvajales.