Atlanta is world’s first airport to hit 100 million passengers in year

The world’s busiest airport says it has become the first in the world to top a major passenger milestone.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport counted its 100 millionth passenger on Sunday morning, something that the airport says makes it the first airport in the world to ever serve that many passengers in a single calendar year.


Atlanta’s airport even went so far as to estimate when the 100 millionth passenger would arrive. Officials tabbed Larry Kendrick – a customer on an arriving Delta flight from Mississippi’s Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport – as the milestone passenger.

Airport officials say they worked with accounting firm KPMG to determine the flight most likely to have the 100 millionth passenger onboard. That set the stage for Kendrick to be counted as the milestone passenger.

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