For the 14th consecutive year, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia, USA, is the world’s busiest airport, according to figures it released in February. Passenger numbers for 2011 registered a 3.5% increase over 2010, with 92.39 million passing through the airport. This is also a new record high for Atlanta, surpassing the 90 million recorded in 2008. Considerable growth in international traffic is partly responsible, with this sector growing by 7.86% – to 9.86 million passengers.
Actual aircraft movements dropped from 950,119 to 923,996 in 2011 and this was attributed to a reduction in regional traffic, although international movements were up by 11.09% to 68,781.
To handle the rise in international demand, the 12-gate Maynard H Jackson Jr International Terminal is due to open this spring. This new, state-of-the-art, 1.2 million-square-foot (111,480m2) facility is connected to the existing international concourse and together they will provide a 40-gate facility.