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Atlanta airport still busiest, but cargo down

By Hpanchal on February 6, 2013

While Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport retained its title of world’s busiest airport during 2012, cargo was down for the year.

The airport’s annual air cargo decreased by 2.52 percent – from 663,162 tonnes in 2011 to 646,481 tonnes in 2012. The cargo operations reflected a global decrease of consumer purchases and reduced manufacturing, according to airport officials.

Aviation officials reported passenger traffic increased by more than 3.1 million passengers in 2012, making 2012 the busiest year ever for the airport.

The 2012 total of 95.49 million passengers is 3.35 percent higher than the previous record of 92.39 million passengers, set in 2011. Aircraft operations (landings and takeoffs) increased by .68 percent – from 923,996 in 2011 to 930,310 in 2012. Domestic operations increased by .81 percent – from 855,215 to 862,101 in 2012.

Passenger traffic in December increased by 3.19 percent over December 2011 – from 7.21 million to 7.44 million. Aircraft operations decreased slightly by .82 percent over the same period – from 74,513 to 73,899. Air cargo decreased by 5.05 percent over that period – from 57,095 to 54,212.

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