Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has retained its title as the world’s busiest airport for the 20th consecutive year. ATL remains the only airport to ever reach the 100 million passenger mark in a single year, with 2017 making the third year the hub has surpassed this milestone.
In 2017, ATL played host to 12,033,865 international travelers, a 4.86% year-on-year increase. Overall, the hub welcomes 103,902,992 passengers last year, with 879,560 aircraft movements and an increase of 5.66% on cargo operations.
Roosevelt Council Jr, general manager at ATL, said, “We set out last year to increase our international passenger numbers and overall cargo total. We are thrilled to see the results of our hard work.”
Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta’s mayor, added, “Hartsfield-Jackson successfully combines efficiency and passenger volume in a way that ensures ATL retains its position as the aviation industry’s leader.
“That worldwide leadership role enables the airport to maintain its status as the economic engine of the south-east.”