Atlanta Has The Largest Average Daily Movements

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Has The Largest Average Daily Movements
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Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL/KATL) has the largest average daily movements in the world, as per data from

The Delta Air Lines mega-hub is one of the busiest airports in the world, so it comes as no surprise that it has the largest average daily movements.

Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

Atlanta Is The Largest Airport by Average Daily Movements…

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Has The Largest Average Daily Movements
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As you can see from the image above, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the largest airport in the world by average daily movements.

The airport handles an average of 2,018 daily movements, which Chicago O’Hare coming in second at 1,895 movements, and Denver third with 1,663 movements.

  • 4th – Dallas-Fort Worth: 1,660 movements.
  • 5th – Los Angeles: 1,477 movements.
  • 6th – Las Vegas: 1,471 movements.
  • 7th – Miami: 1,361 movements.
  • 8th – Charlotte: 1,358 movements.
  • 9th – Phoenix: 1,343 movements.
  • 10th – Istanbul: 1,289 movements.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport handled 93.7 million passengers in 2022, which was up from 75.7 million in 2021 and the pandemic low of 42.9 million in 2020.

Hartsfield-Jackson’s Movement Statistics for 2023 So Far…

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Has The Largest Average Daily Movements
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If we look at the whole of 2023 so far, the airport is definitely making gains but still has a lot to do to catch up to pre-pandemic levels in movement statistics.

For this week, February 26-March 5, the airport handled 2,125 movements, based on a seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking company.

This represents an increase of 9.93% from the Atlanta-based airport but is still 386 daily movements short of achieving pre-pandemic levels.

Below is the data for 2023 so far at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport:

Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
January 1-82305 movements1860 movements1898 movements+2.04%
January 8-152333 movements1793 movements1957 movements+9.15%
January 15-222313 movements1889 movements2046 movements+8.31%
January 22-292252 movements1854 movements2086 movements+12.51%
January 29-February 52350 movements1862 movements2038 movements+9.45%
February 5-122211 movements1879 movements2007 movements+6.81%
February 12-192323 movements1890 movements1966 movements+4.02%
February 19-262463 movements1912 movements2031 movements+6.22%

What we can see from the data is that Hartsfield-Jackson Airport has been hovering in the 1,900-2,090 movement figure throughout 2023.

However, as we get closer to the Summer 2023 schedule, we can probably expect these numbers to rise further, especially as more passengers go away for VFR and business travel.

Work To Do: But Still Victorious…

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It remains clear that whilst Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport holds the title of the busiest airport in the world by movement statistics, there is still more work to do.

The data shows that an additional 386 flights need to operate out of the airport in order to meet pre-pandemic levels.

However, this will be easily achievable as we are approaching the Summer 2023 season, the busiest period in the aviation calendar.

But for now, all eyes are on the Atlanta-based airport to see how the upcoming Summer season will go.

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