Long considered the busiest airport on the planet, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport has been overtaken by another American hub for the honour of being the world’s busiest - at least in one crucial parameter.
According to new US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data, Chicago O’Hare Airport now operates more flights than any other hub in the US, allowing it to at least partially claim the title.
However, the same data does show that there are still more passenger movements at Atlanta.
“Chicago is proud to be the home of the best connected airport in the U.S., and now the busiest airport for total flights, as well,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.
And according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, that number is set to grow further as the airport is currently building new runways to increase its flight capacity.
For 2018, FAA’s Air Traffic System data found that O’Hare had 903,747 flights compared to Hartfield-Jackson’s 895,502 flights.
Meanwhile, other international airports - including Dubai and Beijing - have also been narrowing the gap to ATL in recent years, the AJC reported.
When it comes to passenger movements, per Airports Council International, Chicago handled some 79.8 million passengers in 2017 compared to 103.9 million for Atlanta.
After it hosted the Superbowl, ATL reportedly experienced 1.5 hour long security lines on the Monday morning after the event.
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