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Hartsfield-Jackson’s passenger traffic increased in October

The world’s busiest airport recently announced it has experienced another increase in passenger traffic.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s traffic was 2.37 percent higher in October than the year before, said spokeswoman Katena Carvajales. Traveler foot-traffic rose from 7.86 million in 2010, to 8.04 million this year, she said, citing recently released statistics.

The number of international passengers grew by 3 percent in October, she added. There were 715,969 international travelers in 2010, compared to 738,234 reported in October of this year. Overall, she said, total passenger traffic from January to October rose by 3.8 percent, over the same period the year prior –– or from 74.86 million, to 77.70 million.

“Our passenger traffic continues to grow, despite the difficult economic environment we are all experiencing,” said Hartsfield-Jackson Aviation General Manager Louis Miller.

Spokeswoman Carvajales said, while passenger traffic showed an increase, aircraft operations, which include landings and takeoffs, declined by 2.48 percent over the same period.

Most of this decline, she said, is due to the reduction in the usage of small regional aircraft among airlines. In contrast, however, international aircraft operations in October rose by 11.88 percent, and by 11.59 percent, year to date, she said.

Carvajales also said total air cargo traffic at the airport saw a downturn of 3.56 percent early on, but rebounded to show a 1.28 percent increase, year to date. Cargo traffic went from 544,153 metric tons, to 551,094 metric tons.

For the year to date, international air cargo was up by 0.36 percent, with new carriers having come on board.