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Old 03-28-2012, 07:14 PM
 
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Hartsfield-Jackson remains No. 1 airport *| ajc.com



Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport remains the world's busiest airport, according to the latest global ranking of airport traffic. But No. 2 Beijing is gaining ground. Atlanta's airport, the world's busiest since 1998, handled 92.4 million passengers in 2011, up 3.4 percent year-over-year.

But according to figures released by Airports Council International, Beijing Capital International Airport saw a 4.7 percent increase to 77.4 million passengers, slightly narrowing Atlanta's lead. Beijing could eventually become the world's busiest airport, but the 2011 figures make clear that time is not soon.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Southeast, where else?
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Hartsfield-Jackson remains No. 1 airport *| ajc.com



Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport remains the world's busiest airport, according to the latest global ranking of airport traffic. But No. 2 Beijing is gaining ground. Atlanta's airport, the world's busiest since 1998, handled 92.4 million passengers in 2011, up 3.4 percent year-over-year.

But according to figures released by Airports Council International, Beijing Capital International Airport saw a 4.7 percent increase to 77.4 million passengers, slightly narrowing Atlanta's lead. Beijing could eventually become the world's busiest airport, but the 2011 figures make clear that time is not soon.
You know, we wear this stat like a medal, and yet, those who use it would tell you we desperately need another one. I'm not so sure this is great. I would rather be known as the city with two great airports and half the wait as before....
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:46 PM
 
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Great news. When you fly all around you realize how good Hartsfield is. Great job Atlanta!
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:54 PM
 
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Huh? How does this make hartsfield "good?"
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:57 PM
 
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What you're saying is it's the "BUSIEST" airport. Not the"#1" as in the highest rated.
Because the highest rated #1 airport this year (according to IATA) is the Charlotte airport.

I for one think we need another airport desperately. It's easier to just drive up to GSP airport since it takes the same amount of time to get down to ATL. There is no other city this size in the country that has only one airport. We need a nice smaller airport that is easier to get in and out of without so much walking. But ooooh that's evil socialism and we can't have that.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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You know, we wear this stat like a medal, and yet, those who use it would tell you we desperately need another one. I'm not so sure this is great. I would rather be known as the city with two great airports and half the wait as before....
An it still manages to be a lot better than Miami, Dulles and may other major airports around the country. It's fine the way it is imo.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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Hartsfield-Jackson remains No. 1 airport *| ajc.com

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport remains the world's busiest airport, according to the latest global ranking of airport traffic. But No. 2 Beijing is gaining ground. Atlanta's airport, the world's busiest since 1998, handled 92.4 million passengers in 2011, up 3.4 percent year-over-year.

But according to figures released by Airports Council International, Beijing Capital International Airport saw a 4.7 percent increase to 77.4 million passengers, slightly narrowing Atlanta's lead. Beijing could eventually become the world's busiest airport, but the 2011 figures make clear that time is not soon.
Again, if you combined a city's airports...it would be

1. London
2. New York
3. Tokyo
4. Atlanta
5. Paris

World's busiest city airport systems by passenger traffic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For a second airport, converting Dobbins would be the natural choice although I wouldn't blame Marietta for not being too keen on the idea.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:39 PM
 
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Some people are
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:58 PM
 
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"No other city this size in the country has only one airport."

1. Philadelphia
2. Detroit
3. Boston

Hello?

I'd rather have ONE BIG AIRPORT that's the BEST in the ENTIRE WORLD for what it offers, than multiple airports with multiple issues.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:06 AM
 
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"No other city this size in the country has only one airport."

1. Philadelphia
2. Detroit
3. Boston

Hello?

I'd rather have ONE BIG AIRPORT that's the BEST in the ENTIRE WORLD for what it offers, than multiple airports with multiple issues.
Let's not get carried away with our civic pride. "Best in the World" is a big stretch. I like the airport well enough, but it is trying to be an interational gateway, major domestic airline hub, discount jet hub, and commuter terminal all at once. The customers for each of these segments have very different needs and want a different airport experience. ATL tries to balance them but not always successfully. I can think of several airports that offer a more pleasent and efficient experience, particlarly in the International Gatewy segment.

Intl Gateway: Singapore Changai; Hong Kong International; Incheon; Amsterdam Schiphol and within the USA believe it or not Detroit. Hopefully ATL will imrpove dramatically when the new terminal opens in a couple of months, but it is currently a mess clearing immigration at peak times.

Major Airline Hub: ATL is clearly high on the list, but with a old facility. Good ones that come to mind are Portland (PDX), Houston, Minneapolis-St. Paul ; Salt Lake City

I don't use the discount airlines or commuter airlines enough to have a well formed opinion, but I do know that if i had to fly for 60 minutes or less on a commuter jet, I wouldn't want to have to deal with the busiet airport in the world.
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