Heathrow Airport is the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passengers, but did you know there’s a busier airport in the USA with over 85 million domestic travellers each year? Here at yourHeathrow we thought we’d take a look at the world’s busiest airport for you: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
For 15 consecutive years Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has held the title as the world’s busiest airport. From humble beginnings in 1926 on the site of an abandoned auto racetrack the airport has grown to accommodate over 95 million passengers a year (95.49 million in 2012 to be precise!).
More than 260,000 passengers pass through Atlanta’s doors daily, while over 930,000 flights arrive or depart on average each year. Located just 11km south of the Atlanta CBD, the airport also lays claim to the tallest air traffic control tower (398 feet or 121 metres) in North America. The tower is the fourth tallest in the world.
With two terminals and five runways, this modern and efficient airport serves 150 U.S. destinations and more than 75 international destinations in 50 countries. Unlike other hubs and due to the sheer size of the USA, this hub utilises domestic connections more than international ones, with over 85 million passengers in 2012 travelling on domestic flights.
• Born: 1926
• Location: 7miles (11 km) south of the central business district of Atlanta, Georgia
• Runways: 5
• Airlines: 41
• Passengers (2012): 95.5 millions
• Freight in tonnes: 256,104
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