Hartsfield-Jackson named nation's busiest airport


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been named the nation's busiest airport for the fourth year in a row.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the airport led the country in 2008 in the number of takeoffs and landings, despite a decrease in business from the lagging economy. An FAA report shows Hartsfield-Jackson had 978,084 operations last year, a slight drop of about 1 percent from 2007.

The city-run airport outranked Chicago O'Hare International Airport, which had 881,566 flight operations.

Airport officials are hoping to hold on to the title of world's busiest airport. Preliminary data from the Airports Council International shows Hartsfield-Jackson likely was the world's busiest in terms of flight operations and the number of passengers flown in 2008.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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