Last updated: 03:30 PM ET, Fri February 26 2016

Hartsfield-Jackson Wants to be Called World's Most-Traveled Airport

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | February 26, 2016

Hartsfield-Jackson Wants to be Called World's Most-Traveled Airport

PHOTO: Hartsfield-Jackson Atllanta International Airport, seen here being well-traveled, but certainly not busy. (Photo by Barry Williams/Getty Images)

The perceived negative response to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport being named the world's busiest airport again has resulted in officials rebranding the facility as the “world's most-traveled airport.”

According Katia Hetter of, the Atlanta airport has been named the busiest airport in the world for 17 consecutive years, and officials—like the facility’s general manager Miguel Southwell—believe the people view the term “busy” in a negative light.

Atlanta is genuinely the world's busiest airport, though, as the facility made history in 2015 when it became the first to serve more than 100 million passengers in a single year.

READ MORE: ATL Airport Would Like You To Start Using Its Full Name

Despite the record-breaking numbers, Southwell and other airport officials want to separate from the world's busiest airport moniker. During a meeting with the Atlanta City Council's transportation committee Wednesday, Southwell told members of the council, “So it's ‘world's most-traveled.’ Please note that we're no longer using the term ‘the busiest airport.’”

As the busiest airport in the world, the importance of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to the economy in the southern United States and the country overall can’t be understated.

The facility truly is the world’s busiest, but airport officials are trying to change the passengers’ perceptions. The last word travelers want to hear at an airport is “busy.”

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