- Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world.
- The massive airport in Georgia sees more than 100 million passengers a year, and employs more than 60,000 people.
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Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world.
The sprawling airport in Georgia’s biggest city sees more than 100 million passengers a year, and nearly 300,000 every day.
To support such a big operation, the airport employs more than 60,000 people, making it the biggest employer in the state of Georgia.
Read on for eight fascinating facts about the world’s busiest airport.
The Atlanta airport sees more than 107 million passengers a year — or nearly 300,000 every day
Hartsfield-Jackson earned the title of world’s busiest airport after it saw more than 107 million passengers in 2018. That’s nearly 300,000 passengers going through the airport every day.
For comparison, the busiest theme park in the world, Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, sees less than a fifth of that attendance every day.
The airport has been the busiest in the world for 21 consecutive years
Not only was Hartsfield-Jackson the busiest airport in the world in 2018, it’s held that title for 21 consecutive years.
The airport has topped 100 million passengers for four straight years. However, it still loses to Chicago O’Hare International Airport in terms of total flights.
There is a river that runs under the airport
The Flint River, which starts just North of the airport, actually winds its way underneath the airport.
The river isn’t what you would expect. You’ll find most of it in ditches along roadways and flowing through pipes under Atlanta. The river tunnels under the airport, eventually meets up with the Chattahoochee River at the Florida border, then goes on to form the Apalachicola River and empties into the Gulf of Mexico.
An organization dedicated to restoring and revitalizing the river, called Finding the Flint, is funded by American Rivers, The Conservation Fund, and the Atlanta Regional Commission.
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