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Hartsfield-Jackson Garners Efficiency Award
By Herschel J. Grangent, Jr.

Have you ever wondered which airport leads the pack when it comes to efficiency?

Well, according to the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia – the honor of most efficient and cost-effective airport in North America belongs to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The recognition is based on the annual Global Airport Benchmarking Report released by ATRS, the leading academic research authority in air transport and logistics. During the study, ATRS evaluated the operating efficiency and cost competitiveness of 134 airports and 14 airport groups in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Hartsfield-Jackson’s Deputy General Manager Mario Diaz accepted the award on behalf of the Airport during a recent ceremony in San Francisco. “This is yet another testament to the hard work of our staff,” said Diaz. “We have the privilege of being surrounded by a brilliant group of individuals who are constantly researching and creating better ways for us to serve the Airport community and global economy.”

General Manager Benjamin DeCosta had a simple answer for why Hartsfield-Jackson could command such an award.

“Our efficiency rating is directly driven by our low operating costs and a high utilization factor,” added DeCosta. “In fact at Hartsfield-Jackson, the cost to land a Boeing 747 is under $500 compared to over $10,000 at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. This award is truly an honor.”

ATRS recent award represents Hartsfield-Jackson’s consistent ranking as one of the most efficient global airports. Hartsfield-Jackson has received numerous accolades from industry experts, receiving the ATRS Global Efficiency Award (2006), ATRS Top North American Airport for performance (2001 and 2003), International Air Transport Association’s Best “Very Large” Airport in Overall Passenger Satisfaction (2003) and Air Cargo World’s ACE Award for Excellence (2006).

Currently in the midst of a $6-plus billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Hartsfield-Jackson remains Georgia’s economic juggernaut, employing more than 56,000 employees and producing a total financial impact of $26 billion for the state. In May, Atlanta aviation officials celebrated the anniversary of a newly opened fifth runway, which is the centerpiece of the CIP.

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


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