For the fourth straight year Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had the most takeoffs and landings of any airport in the country, according to newly released Federal Aviation Administration numbers.

The number of 2008 operations – the sum of takeoffs and landings – declined by 1.3 percent to 978,084, but Hartsfield is also expected to retain its title as the world’s busiest airport by operations and passenger volume.

The FAA doesn’t measure the activities of foreign airports, but Airports Council International, an airport trade association, made the projections based on preliminary estimates, according to a Hartsfield-Jackson news release.

“It’s an honor that Hartsfield-Jackson is recognized as the world’s busiest airport again, and we will continue to work to become the world’s best by exceeding our customers’ expectations,” airport General Manager Ben DeCosta said in a statement.


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