Atlanta Still Busiest US Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson beats Chicago's O'Hare to retain title for 3rd year
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2008 5:59 PM CST
A traveler passes a Delta Airlines sign as she makes her way through Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta in this Feb. 14, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had the most flights of any in the US—and, by extension, the world— for the third consecutive year, the AP reports. In again beating out Chicago's O'Hare International, Hartsfield-Jackson chalked up 994,466 flights in 2007, a 1.8% increase from 2006. O'Hare logged 935,000 flights; third-place Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport checked in with 686,711.

In addition to increased demand for flights to and from Atlanta, airport officials said Hartsfield-Jackson’s flight increase came primarily from the expansions of hub operations there by Delta Air Lines and Air Tran Airways: "Air Tran's domestic growth strategy is working as is Delta's international strategy, which should help us remain a prominent connecting point," said an airport spokesman.