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Atlanta International Airport Information

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. In fact, it has been recognized as the world's busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic for 14 years. When comparing airport takeoffs and landings, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been the world's busiest for seven years. The airport serves over 90-million passengers each year, and it accommodates well over 900,000 total flights. On a daily basis, this breaks down to over 250,000 passengers served, and over 2,500 flights taking off or landing each day. These numbers are quite remarkable, but the airport is actually focused on expanding so that it can serve even more passengers in the near future.

The airport that is now known as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport got its start as Candler Field on the site of a former auto-racing track in the mid 1920s. Within its first five years of operations, the airport became one of the three busiest airports in the country. By the end of the 1940s, the airport was handling over one-million passengers per year. During the 1960s, planning was begun to expand the airport significantly. In 1977, the construction began, and the airport finally reopened in 1980 under a new name chosen to honor mayor William B. Hartsfield. In 2003, the name was changed once again to its current moniker in order to honor former mayor Maynard Jackson, who died earlier that year.

The location of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport makes it very convenient for travelers. It is situated just seven miles south of the city's main business district. This means that travelers coming from the city of Atlanta can reach the airport in a matter of minutes. For business travelers, in particular, this is incredibly appealing. The site of the airport is also convenient for families and other, more casual travelers since it can be reached from most areas of metro Atlanta within an hour or less.

For the majority of people flying into and out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Delta is the airline of choice. In fact, almost 60% of the flights handled by the airport are Delta flights. This is because Delta uses the airport as its hub. Interestingly, the Delta hub at the Atlanta airport is the world's largest. Although Delta dominates the terminal, other airlines also have important presences. These airlines include Southwest, United, Air Tran, and British Airways.

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