Memphis is the main air hub for overnight shipping giant FedEx.
China and India are both continuing to grow, with India “poised to be one of the largest aviation markets in the world in the years to come,” according to Airports Council International.
Airports and city boosters like to tout high rankings for travel volume. But there can be downsides as well in the form of long lines and delays. Hartsfield-Jackson earlier this year decided to downplay the “world’s busiest” terminology, changing its tagline to the “world’s most traveled airport.”
Hartsfield-Jackson continues to grow, and this year started a $6 billion renovation and expansion plan to modernize the terminal and eventually add a Concourse G and a sixth runway, a terminal hotel and other projects.
The growth of large hubs and consolidation in the industry can mean less service for smaller markets.
Angela Gittens, a former Hartsfield-Jackson manager who is Airports Council International’s director general, noted in a written statement that “the downside of airline capacity shifts towards major connecting hubs in certain markets is that smaller regional airports lose out on traffic with a reduction in nonstop destinations between cities.”