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How Hartsfield-Jackson became the world's busiest airport


Hartsfield-Jackson International's title as the airport that handles the most passengers in the world got an exclamation point Sunday when it became the first airport to hit 100 million passengers in a single year.

But it comes as a surprise to some that the world's busiest airport sits in Atlanta, rather than somewhere like New York, Tokyo or London.

One factor was the foresight of city officials in establishing and marketing Atlanta as an air hub. Another was the rise of the hub-and-spoke system that funnels passengers in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson.

Read more on myAJC.com to find out what makes Atlanta different from other cities when it comes to airports. PLUS, full coverage on myAJC includes a timeline of Atlanta's airport path through the last century.

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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.