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.