Hartsfield-Jackson International remains the world’s busiest airport, according to an industry group’s annual ranking.
The Airports Council International stated the Atlanta airport held the No. 1 spot in the world for traffic and flight counts for 2015 after serving after facilitating a record 101.5 million passengers last year.
In the process, it became the first airport to handle more than 100 million passengers in a single year.
Hartsfield-Jackson has had the most passengers in the world for 18 years straight, and has regained its title for the most flights in the world. Chicago O’Hare in 2014 temporarily claimed the title for the most flights.
Atlanta is, however, looking over its shoulders at more than just O’Hare, which is No. 2 in the United States. Beijing sits at the No. 2 position in the world with 89.9 million passengers in 2015.
Dubai’ airport leaped from the No. 6 spot to the No. 3 position with a 10.7 percent increase in passenger traffic to 78 million passengers last year. Dubai is the world’s busiest measured by international passenger counts.
“Atlanta has benefitted tremendously from its strategic location as a major connecting hub and port of entry into North America,” Airports Council International said in a press release, noting that Hartsfield-Jackson is within a two-hour flight of 80 percent of the United States population.
Hartsfield-Jackson placement at the top of the world rankings is largely boosted by Delta Airlines, the world’s largest airline hub.
“It is impressive to witness the dynamic character of the aviation industry and its evolution over time,” said Airports Council International director general Angela Gittens, a former manager of Atlanta’s airport, in a written statement.