The huge volumes of passengers have also meant long lines and waits at security checkpoints, frustrating travelers and causing some to miss their flights. The Atlanta airport has struggled to keep up with the rapid rebound in travel during some of the busiest periods.
Hartsfield-Jackson’s heavy passenger traffic is due to its role as Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines’ largest hub along with significant volumes on other airlines, which typically makes it the world’s busiest airport.
The Atlanta airport was briefly surpassed during the pandemic by an airport in Guangzhou, China, in 2020. But Atlanta regained its crown a year later. The official airport rankings are expected to be released later this year by industry group Airports Council International.
Hartsfield-Jackson handled 775,818 flights last year, up 7.1%. However, cargo volumes fell significantly, down 15.9% year-over year for 2023.