Benjamin Bearup contributed to this story.

MIAMI – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) announced that, for the 14th consecutive year, they have been honored with an Efficiency Excellence Award from the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS).

“This award recognizes the efforts put forward by all involved at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,” said Airport General Manager Roosevelt Council, Jr.

“We are honored for the recognition and grateful to our airline partners and employees for their hard work as we continue to strive for excellence in all aspects of ATL’s operations,” he added.

A 717 takes off from ATL during an evening rush.
A 717 takes off from ATL during an evening rush.

Over the weekend, ATRS released its annual benchmark study of commercial airports in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania, assessing the productivity and efficiency of nearly 200 airports based on airport cost and revenue data.

ATRS measures and compares the operational and managerial efficiency, cost competitiveness, and financial performance for airports and airport groups in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The ATRS Airport Benchmark Task Force includes leading professors and researchers from around the world.

ATL's parallel runways help keep ATL as the world's busiest airport.
ATL’s parallel runways help keep ATL as the world’s busiest airport.

What Makes Atlanta So Efficient?

The Atlanta Airport is uniquely designed with five parallel runways along with seven concourses running perpendicular to the runways. The airport is perfectly designed for hub operations and keeping aircraft moving.

BONUS: Take an inside look at the Atlanta Airport and Delta’s Operations

Delta Air Lines, Atlanta’s largest carrier, operates out of every concourse in the Atlanta Airport and connects millions of passengers each year. To efficiently transfer passengers, the Atlanta Airport has a “plane train” and large tunnels between the concourses. Running every 2-3 minutes during peak, the “plane train” keeps passengers moving and on-time.

With just under 2,500 aircraft operations per day, the control tower at the Atlanta Airport is the busiest in the world. To safely facilitate this traffic, Atlanta had to open a new control tower in 2006. Today, Atlanta’s new control tower is the tallest control tower in North America. The tower, along with four ramp towers located on concourses A, C, E, and F, safely guided over 104 million passengers in 2016 alone.

Looking down upon a 717 from the Concourse A ramp tower
Looking down upon a 717 from the Concourse A ramp tower

Photos Courtesy: Benjamin Bearup