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Atlanta Airport Now the World's Busiest

January 02, 1988|Associated Press

ATLANTA — Hartsfield Atlanta International edged Chicago's O'Hare International for the first time to become the world's busiest airport in 1987, a Federal Aviation Administration official said.

The rankings are based on FAA statistics through midnight Wednesday, plus estimates for Thursday's traffic. Hartsfield had an estimated 797,037 flights to O'Hare's 794,921 takeoffs and landings.

The Atlanta airport handled an average of about 15 more takeoffs and landings per day than O'Hare, said Jim Wright, FAA division manager for air traffic in Atlanta.

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