World's busiest airport welcomes 100 millionth passenger | Inquirer News

World’s busiest airport welcomes 100 millionth passenger

/ 08:58 AM December 28, 2015

Thanksgiving Travel

Travelers wait to go through a security checkpoint at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Atlanta. The big Thanksgiving getaway went into full swing Wednesday with drivers delighted by the lowest November gas prices in years and many airline passengers undaunted by terrorism fears and long lines at security checkpoints. AP Photo

ATLANTA, United States—Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said it hit a major milestone Sunday.

The airport that calls itself the world’s busiest announced on its social media sites said it served its 100 millionth passenger this year. That makes it the first single airport to serve that number of passengers in one calendar year.


The passenger earning the distinction is Larry Kendrick of Gulfport, Mississippi, who will receive a Nissan Altima, two free Delta round trip plane tickets and a $500 gift card. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed welcomed a surprised Kendrick, who walked down a red carpet as journalists and onlookers recorded the moment.


Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Miguel Southwell says the airport had a 5 percent increase in passenger counts this year.


Domestic airline passenger traffic up by 10%

Air passenger traffic rose by 1.2% in Q1

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