Not too shabby

The ATL becomes a departure hub.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is increasingly becoming a major gateway for passengers boarding flights for other countries, according to numbers reported Thursday by the federal government.

Atlanta’s airport had one of the fastest rates of international passenger growth in the nation for the first six months of this year, according to numbers compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

The numbers show international traffic at Hartsfield-Jackson jumped 12.5 percent over the same six-month period the year before.

The downside, however, is that it is all Delta. I was impressed coming through JFK the other day to see so many international carriers: Emirates, Royal Jordanian, Moroccan, Kuwaiti, Aeroflot, China Air, Cathy Pacific, Saudi, Alitalia, Olympic, Japan Air, Austrian, Swiss Air, Turkish Air, Aer Lingus, El Al, Singapore and a whole bunch of others — those are just the ones I recognized.

There is something to be said for the diversity of airliners coming into the airport in case one, you know, goes bankrupt.

2 comments

  1. jm says:

    NYC is the hubs for international travel through America. I don’t think you will see what you saw at Chicago, Seattle, DC, or any of other major cities (except one of the west coast ones – LAX or SF. I know that when I flew international we always went to JFK, and later on, Newark.
    You want MORE traffic through Atlanta?

  2. Federalist says:

    Hell no. We do not need more traffic in Atlanta. Besides, there is really nothing worth traveling over-seas to see in Atlanta anyways. I know that there are still a lot of Chinese travelers that used to come here because “Gone With the Wind” was once on the cirriculum, but then most of those visitors found out that you could not visit a plantation in downtown atlanta. oh well…maybe it is time for the city to make up a new, non-race biased theme song for the city…you know, to attract visitors with money (that are not fleeing a hurricane that is bound towards new orleans).

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