6:11 am March 15, 2010, by Henry Unger
Hartsfield may not be quite so busy over the next few years.
AJC staffer Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the Atlanta airport’s passenger counts have slipped since the peak year of 2008. That’s when 90.6 million people got on or off flights here, and forecasts are that there won’t be a full recovery until 2014.
The slowdown is a mixed bag for passengers, Yamanouchi writes. The airport may be marginally less crowded — or at least no more crowded than they are used to. But as airlines pull back flights to match demand, planes are often jam-packed and fare deals can be harder to find.
Hartsfield-Jackson remains the busiest airport in the world by far, as its rivals are feeling similar slowdowns. Still, Yamanouchi writes, flat passenger traffic could trim airport revenues — parking income plummeted last summer. Already, there have been budget cuts.
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