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Atlanta is the World’s Busiest Airport Once Again

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In what should be a surprise to no one in the industry, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport is the busiest passenger airport in the world yet again.

It is the 21st year running that the busy ATL hub has topped the list issued by Airports Council International.

This past year more than 107 million travelers passed through airlines/faa-investigating-hartsfield-jackson-atlanta-international-airport.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>Hartsfield-Jackson, which was a 3.3 percent increase.

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The report also showed that passenger numbers globally reached an estimated 8.8 billion in 2018, which represents an increase of 6.4 percent over the previous year.

Also, noteworthy, airlines” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>the world’s airports accommodated 122.7 million metric tons of cargo and almost 100 million aircraft movements.

While the report notes that growth moderated slightly compared to 2017, passenger traffic remained resilient despite a variety of global uncertainties affecting many major economies.

The 2018 increase is still above the 5.8 percent compounded average annual growth rate for passenger traffic from 2010 through 2018, states the report.

It’s also interesting to note that while advanced economies held the largest proportion (52.8 percent) of global passenger traffic in 2018, the airport traffic in emerging markets and developing economies actually grew faster last year, at 8.3 percent than in advanced economies, at 4.8 percent.

Here’s a more detailed ranking of which regions saw the highest number of travelers in 2018:

  1. Asia-Pacific (3.3 billion, +8.1 percent)
  2. Europe (2.4 billion, +6.4 percent)
  3. North America (2 billion, +5.0 percent)
  4. Latin America-Caribbean (651 million, +5.0 percent)
  5. Middle East (396 million, +0.7 percent)
  6. Africa (214 million, +9.4 percent)

In issuing its report, ACI also weighed in on growing protectionist policies in certain countries around the globe, stating that in ACI’s view, protectionist policies, slowing global economy, and geopolitical tensions represent the most pressing downside risks over the near-term for continued growth.

“Protectionist rhetoric – fueled by isolationist policies – has swept several major economies in recent times and this has translated into a dismantling of established open trade relationships and regimes,” ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said in a statement.

“Because aviation has strong links to the global economy and to local development through commerce and tourism, these new barriers may restrain the efficient flow of people, goods, and services; air transport very much relies on open markets to grow,” Gittens added.

Air cargo market did not fare as well as passenger traffic in 2018, according to the report. Global year-over-year volume fell 1.7 percent in December 2018 against the previous year, bringing growth for 2018 overall to 3.4 percent.

“If these isolationist policies persist, their adverse effects will continue to stifle output growth in many countries,” Gittens said. “Economies that rely more on exports or carry higher debt loads will be most sensitive to a downturn, further exacerbating economic conditions.”

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Strange Odor at Oakland Airport Sends Travelers to the Hospital

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We have seen more issues with strange odors on airplanes in the last year or so than at any time, some so severe they required a diverted landing.

Now comes word that another incident has taken place, only this time it was actually inside the airport.

Four people were taken to local hospitals by the Oakland (Calif.) Fire Department on Tuesday after an unknown substance began giving off a strange odor at Oakland International Airport.

According to Fox News, the odor came from a small box at one of the ticketing counters that is used to discard items that cannot be brought on a plane via carry-on bag – water bottles, bottles of cologne or mouthwash larger than three ounces, etc.

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The airport played it safe and called the fire department, which sent a Hazmat crew according to the NBC TV affiliate in the Bay Area. There was no disruption to airport services, though four people were taken to the hospital to be checked out for precautionary reasons.

This is the latest in a series of numerous reports of odors emanating from a plane or airport just in the last year or so alone, much less beyond that time frame.

Some have been fumes that have forced flights to land.

Some have forced flights to divert to other airports.

Some have been so overwhelming that passengers and crew were hospitalized.

And some have even been visible – if you like your airplane cabin filling with an unknown fog.

The Oakland Fire Dept. is still investigating the cause of the odor.

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