Hartsfield sets monthly flight record despite recession

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Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport said today it set a new world record in July for monthly flight operations.

According to Federal Aviation Administration figures, Hartsfield-Jackson handled 88,408 flight operations between July 1 and 31.

Officials said Hartsfield also set a new single-day record on July 13, with 3,125 flight operations.

“As some other cities are seeing reduced flights, we are setting records based on our capacity, infrastructure and low operating costs,” Hartsfield General Manager Ben DeCosta said in a statement.

DeCosta attributed the airport’s ability to accommodate the flight increase to several factors, including a fifth runway added in 2006 and an end-around taxiway built in 2007.

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