first_img Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party An audio version of this story0:49Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is on pace to exceed the record-setting 101 million passengers it served last year, when it became the first airport in the world to pass the 100 million mark.Airport officials say during the first half of 2016, about 51.3 million people passed through Hartsfield-Jackson, a nearly 4.5 percent increase over the same time last year. The number of flights is also up about 3.5 percent compared to the first six months of last year.Airport spokesman Andrew Gobeil credits a strong economy, lower fuel prices and increased competition among carriers as reasons for the uptick.“Any opportunity we have to increase competition among our airline partners, to offer more options and more opportunities for our passengers and our guests, is going to ultimately benefit everyone,” Gobeil said.Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airlines launched flights from Atlanta this year, and domestic carrier JetBlue has also voiced interest in returning.Gobeil says if passenger volume continues at this rate, the airport could see more than 105 million passengers this year. For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 0:49 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Related Storieslast_img

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