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Did Chicago overtake Atlanta as busiest airport?

Chicago O’Hare has overtaken Atlanta as the USA’s busiest airport – at least according to one set of stats.

Chicago O’Hare has overtaken Atlanta as the USA’s busiest airport, USA Today reports. Well, sort of…

The Midwest airport passed the giant southern hub for flight operations in 2018, according to statistics released by the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration. It achieved this for the first time since 2014.

But Atlanta is likely to stay at the top as the country’s – and the world’s – busiest airport in terms of passengers, which is widely considered to be the usual measurement for determining which is the “busiest”.

Passenger numbers are due to be released by the Airports Council International trade group in the spring.

O’Hare saw 903,747 flight operations – including commercial airlines, general aviation, military and air taxi operations – in 2018, an increase of 4%, which was just enough to overtake Atlanta’s 895,502 total flight operations.

Far out
Atlanta was by far the world’s busiest airport by passenger count in 2017, the most recent year data is available, reaching 103.9 million passengers. That was 8 million more than Beijing in second place.

O’Hare was down in third place in the US and sixth in the world by passengers in 2017, at 79.9 million, below Los Angeles with 84.6 million.

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