Why Atlanta Has the World’s Busiest Airport

Why Atlanta Has the World’s Busiest Airport

19th Apr 2012

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Last year, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport handled more than 92 million passengers and nearly a million individual flights. More people and airplanes pass through this airport than any other airport in the world.

Some people may wonder why Hartsfield-Jackson is so busy. Atlanta, after all, beats out some tough competitors, including airports in Beijing, London, and Los Angeles by many millions of passengers every year.

There is not one answer to this question, but three: 1) Atlanta is home to several key airlines for both domestic and international travel, 2) Atlanta is perfectly situated to act as a hub for the eastern United States and a large number of global destinations, and 3) Atlanta is a fast-growing metropolitan area that attracts both business travelers and tourists from across the country and around the world.

Hub for Airlines

Delta Air Lines, one of the largest carriers in the United States, is headquartered in Atlanta, and Hartsfield-Jackson serves as its primary hub for both domestic and international travelers. Last year, about 60 percent of Delta’s passengers flew through Atlanta.

Atlanta also serves as a focus city for Southwest Airlines, which has carried the most domestic passengers in the United States for eight years running.

Easy Distance

Another reason that so many flights go through Atlanta is because of the city’s easy distance to much of the rest of the United States. It serves as a gateway to many other destinations in both the North and Southeast.

Many of Delta’s international flights also originate or terminate in Atlanta, as it is one of the closest major urban areas to the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, Hartsfield-Jackson is hoping to attract even more international travelers when it opens its brand new, state-of-the-art, $1.4 billion international terminal in May 2012.

What to Do in Atlanta

The airport isn’t the only reason to visit Atlanta, however. This urban center is an attractive destination in its own right, and it attracts millions of visitors from every part of the globe every year. Here’s a look at some of the things you can do:

  • World of Coca-Cola – Atlanta is home to the headquarters of Coca-Cola and the World of Coke attraction. Visitors can view international Coke memorabilia, see how Coke is bottled, and get a taste of soft drink flavors from all over the world.
  • CNN – Turner Broadcasting, the parent company of brands like CNN, TBS, and the Cartoon Network, makes its home in Atlanta. Tourists can visit the CNN Center for an inside look at how news is made.
  • Centennial Olympic Park – Located in the heart of the city, Centennial Olympic Park is a site for outdoor and community events. It also features the Fountain of Rings, a centerpiece for the park that hosts four daily “shows.”
  • History – As an urban center in the Southeast, Atlanta has been the site of some of the most important events in U.S. history. Visitors can take in antebellum plantations, Civil War battlegrounds, and civil rights locations in and around the city.
  • Business – Atlanta is an important hub for business. In addition to the above companies, The Home Depot, UPS, AT&T Mobility, and more make their home in Atlanta.

No matter the reason for visiting Atlanta, or how long the stay, visitors will find the city to be one that is both relaxed and welcoming.

What are your reasons for visiting Atlanta?

This post written by Joselyn Seifer.

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