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Why Is ATL Busiest Airport In World?  
User currently offlineNygfan84 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 172 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8626 times:

I just hear that Atlanta was the busiest airport in the world. is that true? I would think JFK or Chicago or LAX or Heathrow or Charles De Gaulle in Paris would be the most popular can someone please explain to me why and how Atlanta is the busiest airport in the world. Thanks

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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8436 times:
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ATL is not the busiest airport in the world, its heathrow, onver 60 million people fly to/through heathrow each year. ATL is one of the busiest, not the busiest.

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User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2293 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8428 times:

I believe it's mainly because of Delta's mega-hub in Atlanta. I think Delta and Delta Connection alone has over 850 flights from ATL, bringing millions of connecting passengers into the hub every year. In addition, AirTran Airways has their main hub in ATL. Combine that with the fact that the city of Atlanta is a thriving business center, which keeps the demand for airline service from other airlines also very high, and you've got the bussiest airport in the world.

User currently offline777kicksass From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 668 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8411 times:

ATL is busiest in terms of aircraft movements however many of these are small regional and domestic flights.

LHR is the busiest in terms of handling international passengers.


User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8389 times:

Go down to ATL and see all those widebodies doing short hops to Florida. Then you'll understand why ATL is up there on the list.

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8382 times:

Well, it depends how you define "busiest".

"Busiest" can be fedined in terms of passenger volume, passengers served, takeoff/landings per second, per minute, per day, etc...

Different airports will hold different titles depending on which definition you use.



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User currently offlineJonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8375 times:

For 2000

1 ATLANTA (ATL) 80'162'407
2 CHICAGO (ORD) 72'144'244
3 LOS ANGELES (LAX) 66'424'767
4 LONDON (LHR) 64'606'826
5 DALLAS/FT WORTH (DFW) 60'687'122

Atlanta handled over 15M more passengers than LHR


User currently offlineBmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1450 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8358 times:

why is there non airports from the newyork area in there because it is the biggest single airline market in the world and i dont think it is because of three main airports cause london has heathrow gatwick stansted luton and london city and heathrow is up there ? coud some one please give me a reson or explanation

User currently offline777kicksass From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 668 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8343 times:

LHR T5 should bring it right up there! Didn't they say a possible extra 20 million a year? If ATL holds steady then maybe an other than US airport can officially be busiest!

User currently offlineMikeymike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 406 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8341 times:

Thje issues with NEw York is that you have three airports serving the city where as in Atlanta you only have 1.

JFK, LGA, EWR split the content of JFK's demographics. I bet if you added the passenger throughput combined of all three airports, you see that it may surpass ATL in number of passengers. However you would probably need to counter this figure in terms of percentage of land mass served or by total population size.

JFK is prestigious in that all major airlines fly there, but they only send 1 or flights a day there. JFK has a lot of O&D traffic.

ATL on the other hand has a lot of connecting traffic due to all the connecting flights that delta serves through the hub. Airlines like United more even distribute banks of flights through its major hubs like Chicago, Washington, LAX, SFO, and Denver. While Delta, even though having major hubs at SLC, DFW, CVG, JFK and BOS, sends the majority of its connecting traffic through ATL

LHR may have the most international passengers, but ATL is consistently the number 1 airport in terms of total passengers!


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8331 times:
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With T5, heathrow will always be the busiest, the world leader, no doubt about it. Its the worlds hub

Arsenal@LHR



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User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7279 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8321 times:

Atlanta is the busiest airport in the world. And just a note since 9/11 Miami is the busiest international airport in the country.


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User currently offlineBmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1450 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8313 times:

i would of thoght maybe chicago cause it has ual and aa both having hubs at o'hare

User currently offlineKarliboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8308 times:

How long has ATL been 'consistently' number 1 for passengers..not that long i believe! Didn't ORD have that title for a long time?

User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8295 times:

Some clarification is needed as we are using different definitions here.

ATL is bigest in terms of OVERALL pax. However, about 80% of that is connecting traffic.

LGA is biggest in terms of O&D pax.

LHR is biggest in terms of INTERNATIONAL pax.


User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8271 times:

Arsenal@LHR: That means that 20,000,000 people more COULD travel through there every year. That's how many it could handle. ATL is designing/building a new terminal to handle more pax too.

Don't forget that there is a limitation on how many more flights can take off with Terminal 5. That will limit pax.


User currently offlineDauphin From Norway, joined Sep 2001, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8261 times:

ATL not the biggest anymore:GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) -- Passenger traffic plunged more than 30 percent at U.S. airports in September, knocking them from the top of the world rankings of busiest terminals, a global airport association said Thursday.

"The tragic events of September 11 coupled with the worldwide economic slowdown" to produce a worldwide decline of 15 percent, Airports Council International said.

Tokyo's Haneda was ranked as the world's busiest airport for the month, rising from sixth by bucking the trend and recording an increase to 5.18 million passengers, 3.5 percent higher than the previous September, the council said.



User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (13 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8251 times:

Yeah, but that was September, when 10% of the month was gone from the shutdown, then you have the small number of pax returning in the first couple of weeks afterward. Oct. and Nov. should be better.

User currently offlineWilliam From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8256 times:

Take a look,from Jan to Jul of this year
http://www.airports.org/img/ti_traffic.gif

For the first six months ORD has claimed the number one spot for aircraft movements,yet ATL is still king in Pax. For the person who stated 80% of ATL pax are connecting,thats wrong too,O&D is about 40%,that leaves 60% percent connecting. Atlanta is a business center with many high yield frequentflyers,and ATL is Delta's cash cow.

And Arsenal@LHR,don't talk about LHR one day being the busiest when the NIMBYs around the airport will not allow a new terminal to be built without restrictions. Hey Arsenal,do you know what LHR needs more than T-5? RUNWAYS! LHR is the world's gateway,and is being choked by too little concrete. At the very least LHR should have four parallels runways like ATL. Even Government officials are concerned about LHR loosing its gateway status to beautiful Schiphol or Paris De Gaulle airport.


User currently offlineWilliam From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8246 times:

http://www.airports.org/img/tp_td.gif

User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (13 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8206 times:

I thought it would have been Chicago O'hare. Wasn't that the busiest airport in the world not too long ago??? How about Midway Airport is that busier than LaGaurdia???

User currently offlineCAETravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 910 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (13 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8184 times:

Seems like it is a pride thing for Arsenal.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I think there are a few years it went back and forth between Atlanta and Chicago. Its the government in the UK, and all of the people around LHR complaining about noise that will keep it from being number one in total passengers in the world. Yes, it is the largest international hub, and will probably be that way for a long time, until it reaches its max capacity, and another European hub has to begin absorbing passenger growth and eventually surpasses it.




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User currently offlinePerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (13 years 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8127 times:

Why not go to:

http://www.airports.org/traffic/passengers.html/ ?

This is the website of Airports Council International and there you can see the official rankings by pax, movements & cargo for yourself.

Personal guesses and/or prejudices won't then come into the argument.

PGF



User currently offlineAirblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (13 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8123 times:

To Arsenal@LHR,

LHR with new T5 but without a new runway cannot grow to become the busiest world airport.
Also it's likely to think that the European leader airport in the nearest future will be Paris CDG.


User currently offlineWilliam From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 23 hours ago) and read 8077 times:

Thanks Perth for posting that link,I tried to post it twice and it didn't work.

Ditto what everyone stated about LHR,without more concrete Heathrow aircraft operations growth is stagnant. What a shame,with extra runways it would not only grow but cut down on delays.

Hey Arsenal,since you live in England what groups are actively pushing for more runways,in the news you only hear from the NIMBYs? If ORD can build more runways(something I thought WOULD NEVER HAPPEN),so can LHR.


25 Delta-flyer : That's an informative link you posted, Perth. Some general observations can be readily made as to what constitutes a highly-ranked airport by pax move
26 Aamd11 : It is home to Delta, the largest pax carrie in terms of pax carried. LHR is a lot bigger than CDG (about 20+m people) and is know as the biggest inter
27 Pendrilsaint : Dauphin...I read the article a while back and remember it was for the month of september...at the end of the same article (from a different paper) the
28 Bmi330 : why dose it have to be just one airport in an area whay not add up all airports serving the one area and find out which market or area has the most pa
29 Jhooper : It's amazing that ATL does it with only 4 runways. DFW has 7 runways and they are building an 8th one. DFW had the title several years ago.
30 Delta-flyer : Bmi330 - ...for example New York which is the bigest busness centre in the world As I said earlier, even all 3 NY airports combined will barely equal
31 AeroGlobeAir7 : ATL is the busiest in the world. Heathrow is the busiest International Airport in the world (for international traffic). ATL is the busiest mainly due
32 William : Go to the link of the Airport Council, the numbers Jan-Jul are stating ORD the busiest in aircraft opts. Untill the Aug-Dec numbers come out ORD is ag
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