Hartsfield-Jackson still busiest, but other airports remain ahead in international traffic, cargo

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the world's busiest airport based on total passenger traffic and flight counts, but other airports remain ahead in international traffic and cargo, according to a new report.

Airports Council International, a global airport trade association, on Friday released its world airport traffic report including final airport rankings based on 2015 traffic.

The Atlanta airport handled a record 101.5 million passengers last year, keeping it in the No. 1 spot in the world. It also reclaimed its position from Chicago O'Hare as the airport with the most flights in the world, with more than 882,000 flights at Hartsfield-Jackson in 2015.

The 100 millionth passenger arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson on Dec. 27, 2015. KENT D. JOHNSON/ kdjohnson@ajc.com

But Dubai was the busiest airport in the world based on international passenger counts, followed by London Heathrow and Hong Kong, according to the report released Friday.

Hong Kong and Memphis were the top two airports in the world based on cargo tonnage, with Hong Kong handling the most international cargo and Memphis handling the most domestic cargo.

For more on the downsides of having the world's busiest airport, and why major hubs like Atlanta are growing so much, read the full story on MyAJC.com.


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Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.