Not Just ‘Busiest’: Atlanta Named Most Productive Airport for 11th Year Running

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been named the most productive airport in the world for the 11th straight year.

The busiest airport in the world has also been the most efficient since the year after the Air Transport Research Society began its annual benchmarking study looking at 200 airports in Asia, Europe and North America.

Announcing the winners at its annual awards ceremony held this year in Bordeaux, France, the association called Hartsfield-Jackson a “role model” for other airports to emulate.

“This award stands as a testament to our unwavering dedication to operational and managerial efficiency, and cost competitiveness. I am grateful to ATRS for recognizing our continued efforts for the 11th year in a row,” Balram Bheodari, Hartsfield-Jackson’s assistant general manager, said in a news release.

The study’s productivity index looks at the ratio of outputs like aircraft movements, passengers, cargo tonnage and non-aeronautical revenue versus inputs like labor, non-capital costs and physical infrastructure.

Copenhagen Airport in Denmark was named the most efficient in Europe, while Busan Gimhae of Korea won the top slot among large airports in Asia, bringing attention to the Korea Airport Corp., which also had two more of the top five airports.

At about 65 percent of revenues coming from non-aeronautical sources, Atlanta was No. 11 in the U.S. in this regard, well above the national average. In last year’s rankings, this was cited as a key consideration for the health of an air hub. The more revenues that come from outside sources, the easier it is to keep landing fees low and airlines happy.

With the cheapest landing fees and cost per enplanement of any North American airport, Charlotte edged out Atlanta in a key category: cost competitiveness.

Charlotte is the No. 8 airport by passengers in the U.S., with more than 41 million passengers processed in 2013. With 5.4 percent growth over the previous year, it was the fastest-growing airport among the top 10 in North America. But the North Carolina airport was No. 2 overall behind Atlanta in North American efficiency, followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The regional breakdown of airports measured by Air Transport Research Society include 78 from North America, 53 from the Asia-Pacific and 69 from Europe. The international airport in Sydney, Australia, won the top mark in Oceania.

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