Atlanta World’s Busiest Airport in 2013
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport once again laid claim to the title of “world’s busiest airport” last year. The airport maintained its hold on the title despite an overall decline in passenger traffic. The airport reported 94.4 million passengers for 2013, a 1.1% decline from 2012.
Atlanta has held the title of world’s busiest airport based on passenger traffic since 1998. It has also been the busiest in terms of having the most aircraft movements annually since 2005.
While overall passenger numbers declined, international passenger traffic increased to 10.3 million, a 4.1% increase over 2012.
The airport attributes the decline to a reduction in service by Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary AirTran Airways. Delta Air Lines, which has its main hub in Atlanta, carried more passengers in 2013 and increased its market share to 80.1%, a 1.7 percentage point increase.
Other airports that can currently lay claim to the title include Hong Kong International Airport based on cargo traffic by weight and London Heathrow Airport based on the number of international passengers.
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