SOURCE: Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

March 25, 2010 15:27 ET

Hartsfield-Jackson's Cargo Traffic Rises Again

Airport's Cargo Volume Surges in Three Consecutive Months

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - March 25, 2010) -  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has posted upswings in year-over-year cargo traffic for three consecutive months. Airport officials said cargo traffic in November 2009 was 3.53 percent higher than in November 2008; December 2009 traffic was 17.89 percent higher than the previous year; and January 2010 saw an increase of 12.06 percent over January 2009.

"It's very encouraging to report three consecutive months of rising cargo traffic, especially after experiencing one of the worst global economic downturns in recent history," said Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta. "We anticipate that 2010 will be a year of 'measured recovery' throughout the industry. We hope for a full recovery in 2012-2013."

Hartsfield-Jackson's fourth-quarter turnaround was marked by a resurgence in global imports in all areas, including freight/express and mail. In November 2009, international imports for freight/express operations were 18.46 percent higher than in 2008, while international freight/express imports were up 36.44 percent in December over the previous year and up 27.67 percent in January over the previous year.

"Hartsfield-Jackson has taken decisive steps to weather this global downturn by seeking out new markets and finding ways to expand our existing relationships," said Warren Jones, Aviation development manager.

Hartsfield-Jackson remains a resilient hub of global economic activity. More than 200 million people -- 80 percent of U.S. consumers -- are within a two-hour flight or one day of transport by truck of the Airport. Thirteen all-cargo carriers operate at Hartsfield-Jackson.

In 2009, Hartsfield-Jackson was honored as Air Cargo Week's Airport of the Year, becoming the first U.S. airport to earn the top prize among the annual World Air Cargo Awards. It was the second major honor in 2009 for Hartsfield-Jackson's cargo operation, which earlier received Air Cargo World magazine's Award of Excellence for the best North American cargo operations in its category. 

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson is the world's busiest airport, serving more than 88 million passengers annually with nonstop service to 156 U.S. destinations and more than 80 international destinations in 50 countries. The Airport is a frequent recipient of awards of excellence for concessions, operations, architectural engineering and construction -- including being named the World's Most Efficient Airport by the Air Transport Research Society (for more information, go to It is undergoing $6 billion-plus in capital improvements, which include a new, energy-efficient rental car center; a new, 12-gate international terminal; and aesthetic and functional upgrades to its concourses, people movers and parking services. For more information, go to Check out the Airport's YouTube channel by visiting, and become a fan on Facebook.

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