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Atlanta: The World’s Busiest Airport

94 million passengers in 2013


Last week, we learned that Singapore’s Changi Airport won Best Airport in Skytrax’s World Airport Awards—but that doesn’t mean it boasts the most travelers. That honor goes to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

More than 94 million travelers went through Atlanta’s airport in 2013, making it the busiest airport of the year. Believe it or not, that’s a decrease of 1.1 percent from the previous year, according to the ACI’s preliminary passenger traffic results for 2013. Beijing came in a close second with 84 million passengers, CNN reports. Nearly 5.4 billion passengers traveled through the world’s airports last year, up 4 percent from 2012, according to the Airports Council International

“Aviation’s nucleus appears to be moving eastward,” ACI World economics director Rafael Echevarne said in a statement. “Other emerging markets, such as Turkey, China, and South East Asia, that have a critical mass of traffic also remain major contributors to the upward surge in air transport demand. This trend will continue into 2014.”

The report was based on data from more than 1,105 airports worldwide; a final version will be released later this year. A complete list of airport rankings can be found at the Airports Council International website.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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