Atlanta airport retains title as world's busiest

A total of 95.5 million passengers moved through Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport in 2012.

ATLANTA — Atlanta's airport is keeping its title as the world's busiest.

Airport officials on Tuesday said passenger traffic increased by more than 3.1 million passengers in 2012 — making it the busiest year ever for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Authorities said the 2012 total of 95.5 million passengers is 3.35 percent higher than the previous record of 92.4 million passengers, set in 2011.

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Louis Miller, the airport's aviation general manager, says the airport remains the world's busiest in terms of passengers and operations.

The airport's annual air cargo decreased by about 2.5 percent — from 663,162 in 2011 to 646,481 metric tons in 2012. Airport officials said the decline in cargo operations reflected a global decrease of consumer purchases and reduced manufacturing.

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