World's 'Busiest Airport' Welcomes 100 Millionth Passenger

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport say it's the busiest
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 27, 2015 4:02 PM CST
Holiday traveler Austin Brislain, of Atlanta, checks in for a flight to Indianapolis at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport during the busy Memorial Day weekend Friday, May 22, 2015, in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/David Tulis)
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(Newser) – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said it hit a major milestone Sunday. The airport that calls itself the world's busiest announced on its social media sites says it served its 100 millionth passenger this year. That makes it the first single airport to serve that number of passengers in one calendar year. The passenger earning the distinction is Larry Kendrick of Gulfport, Mississippi, who will receive a Nissan Altima, two free Delta round trip plane tickets, and a $500 gift card. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed welcomed a surprised Kendrick, who walked down a red carpet as journalists and onlookers recorded the moment. Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Miguel Southwell says the airport had a 5% increase in passenger counts this year. (Read more airport stories.)

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