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ATL Retains Title As World's Busiest Airport

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | August 31, 2015

ATL Retains Title As World's Busiest Airport

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was named the world's busiest passenger airport for the 17th consecutive year for 2014.

The Airports Council International's World Airport Traffic Report, which was released Monday via CNN, revealed that more than 96 million passengers passed through the airport in 2014. The figure signals a 1.9 percent increase over 2013.

ATL's total was right in line with its earlier projections. 

In addition to being named the word's busiest airport, ATL was also once again the busiest domestic passenger airport in the world, with 85.4 million passengers passing through in 2014.

Beijing Capital International Airport (68.9 million) and Tokyo Haneda Airport (62.9 million) ranked second and third in domestic passenger traffic, respectively, while Dubai International Airport took home the top honors for most international passenger traffic with 69.9 million in 2014.

In terms of busiest airport based on the total number of takeoffs and landings, Chicago O'Hare International Airport beat out ATL with more than 881,000 total movements in 2014.

ATL was second with more than 868,000, followed by Los Angeles International Airport, which recorded roughly 708,000. Interestingly, total takeoffs and landings decreased at both ORD and ATL compared to 2013, with each airport experiencing a 0.2 percent and 4.7 percent decline, respectively. 

Nonetheless, both airports saw their ongoing rivalry intensify. 

Keep in mind that the ACI's preliminary report on passenger traffic was developed using data from 2,200 airports in 160 different countries. 

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