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Airport’s International Operations Reflects “Best Year Ever”
By DeAllous Smith

In 2006, global operations continued to soar at the world’s busiest airport.

Aviation officials witnessed a surge in three categories, including more than 60,000 international aircraft operations, more than 8 million global passengers and nearly 391,000 metric tons of international freight and express cargo.

These figures represent phenomenal growth in terms of aircraft operations between the state of Georgia and the new global markets served by local air carriers.

Since 2000, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s international movements have risen 48 percent (40,996) in aircraft operations, 38 percent (5.8 million) in passengers and 44 percent (270,598) in freight and express cargo.

“As the demand for international travel continues to accelerate, the city of Atlanta is quickly emerging as a major gateway for global travelers seeking new opportunities for both business and leisure activity,” said Senior Market Research Analyst Eric Anderson.

Two major milestones, which contributed to the rise in air traffic at Hartsfield-Jackson, included Delta Air Lines’ ambitious expansion into over 20 global cities, and a shift towards utilizing larger aircraft with greater seating capacity to serve select international markets in 2006.

And as a direct result, when comparing year-over-year numbers, Airport traffic jumped 28 percent in global aircraft operations, 19 percent in international passengers and 13 percent in global freight and express cargo.

“Hartsfield-Jackson remains an epicenter for exchanging goods and ideas,” added Anderson. “Our commitment to excellence and customer service allows us to cater to and welcome our diverse consumers on a daily basis.”

© 2007 Hartsfield-Jackson News. A Publication from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. All rights reserved.


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