ATL becomes first airport to serve 100m pax in a single year

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) ended 2015 by making history as the first airport ever to serve 100 million passengers in a single year.

On Sunday morning, December 27, the Delta Air Lines flight from Gulfport, Mississippi carried ATL’s 100 millionth passenger in 2015.

“What a year it has been,” ATL General Manager Miguel Southwell said. He cited both the growth of Atlanta as a destination and a strong partnership between ATL and Delta Air Lines as factors for the five percent increase in traffic over the previous year. Officials projected a two percent increase at the start of 2015.

ATL officials created an algorithm based on actual passenger numbers from January through November, and projected passenger numbers in December. Accounting firm KPMG validated the algorithm and had representatives attend the event early Sunday morning.