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Airport sets traffic, operations records in 2011
By Staff Writers
For the 14th consecutive year, Hartsfield-Jackson has earned the title of world’s busiest airport. Preliminary data indicate that passenger traffic increased by more than 3.5 percent from 2010 to 2011, making 2011 the busiest year ever for the Airport.

The Airport also saw record numbers of international passengers and international flight operations (landings and takeoffs).

The 2011 total of 92.39 million passengers (domestic and international) is 2.6 percent higher than the previous record of 90 million passengers, set in 2008, and 3.5 percent higher than the 2010 total (89.24 million).
“We’re growing faster than the North American average, which is no easy feat during these tough economic times,” Aviation General Manager Louis Miller said. “With the opening of the international terminal this spring, we’re looking forward to continued growth this year and beyond.”

The number of international passengers increased by 7.9 percent between 2010 and 2011 — from 9.14 million in 2010 to 9.86 million in 2011. The 2011 total eclipsed the previous record, set in 2008, of 9.18 million international passengers.

Total aircraft operations decreased by 2.8 percent — from 950,119 in 2010 to 923,996 in 2011. Airlines’ reduced use of smaller regional aircraft accounted for most of this decrease.

However, international operations increased by 11.1 percent — from 61,916 in 2010 to 68,781 in 2011 — and surpassed the previous record of 68,376, set in 2007.

The growth in international passengers and operations is a sign of things to come. Projections are that international travel will continue to expand, and the Federal Aviation Administration predicts that more than 13 million international passengers will travel through Hartsfield-Jackson annually by 2015.

“This is substantial growth in an important sector for the Airport and for the City of Atlanta,” Miller said. “These numbers underscore the importance and role of the new international terminal in meeting forecast growth in the coming years.”

The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal and its 12-gate concourse will combine with the 28 gates on Concourse E to create a 40-gate international travel complex. The international terminal is set to open this spring.

Total air cargo increased by .6 percent — from 659,129 in 2010 to 663,162 metric tons in 2011. International cargo was flat at 385,178 metric tons in 2011.

To view the full traffic report, go to www.atlanta-airport.com/Airport/ATL/operation_statistics.aspx.

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