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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

June 28, 2012 10:59 ET

Hartsfield-Jackson Earns 2012 Global and North American Airport Efficiency Excellence Award

Air Transport Research Society Honors Airport for 10th Consecutive Year

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Jun 28, 2012) -  For the 10th year in a row, the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) has recognized Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's world leadership in airport efficiency.

The Global and North American Airport Efficiency Excellence Award is a reflection of Hartsfield-Jackson's productivity, efficiency and low costs, including the lowest passenger costs for the airlines.

"This award from the ATRS not only adds to the prestige of the world's busiest airport, it affirms Hartsfield-Jackson's position as a global leader in aviation efficiency and economy," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. "The fact that our airport has been recognized for 10 years running with an ATRS award demonstrates that we strive every day to provide airlines with the lowest possible operating costs, and passengers with the highest levels of customer service."

"Moving forward in today's business environment means increasing operational efficiencies," Aviation General Manager Louis Miller said. "We are confident that, with the opening of the international terminal and the upcoming release of an updated master plan, Hartsfield-Jackson is well-positioned to not only maintain but build upon its reputation as the world's most efficient airport."

Opened May 16, the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal connects with Concourse E to create a world-class, 40-gate air travel complex. The international terminal eliminates the need for Atlanta-bound passengers to recheck baggage.

The awards, based on data compiled by the ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Task Force, were announced today at the 16th annual ATRS World Conference in Tainan, Taiwan.

The ATRS is the largest network of aviation academic researchers in the world and is part of the World Conference on Transport Research Society. The nonprofit organization uses cutting-edge research to understand airports' best practices. A goal is to provide a comprehensive, unbiased assessment and comparison of airport performance based on more than 30 measures in categories such as productivity and efficiency, unit cost competitiveness, aviation user charge levels, financial performance and customer service. The study covered more than 150 airports and airport groups worldwide.

Hartsfield-Jackson earned the ATRS Global Airport Efficiency Excellence Award in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Airport won the ATRS's North American award in 2005. For more information, go to

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson is the world's busiest airport, serving more than 92 million passengers annually with nonstop service to 160 U.S. destinations and nearly 70 international destinations in more than 45 countries. The Airport is a frequent recipient of awards of excellence for concessions, operations, architectural engineering and construction -- including the 2011 Global and North American Airport Efficiency Excellence Award from 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 (for more information, go to; 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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