If you have ever traveled within the United States, chances are that you have probably had a connection that takes you through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport.
The airport has been the busiest in the world since 2005, and currently averages more than 250,000 passengers per day.
Though it may seem strange that Atlanta is the center of air traffic in America, the airport is actually within a 2-hour flight of 80% of the U.S. population, making it an ideal travel hub.
Atlanta’s airport handles nearly 2,500 arrivals and departures every day. That’s over 100 flights per hour, with peak hours sometimes coming closer to 200.
The airport also has the tallest air traffic tower in all of North America, which comes in handy when a major storm system rolls through.
When this happens, air traffic controllers have to scramble to re-route planes around the worst weather while still keeping the air traffic flowing through Hartsfield-Jackson.
Check it out in the gif below (not sure if it’s only showing arrivals or if all departures were delayed until after the storm passed):
Worldwide, there are upwards of 90,000 flights every day. There are between 8,000 and 13,000 commercial aircrafts in the air at all times.
So as long as we’re on the subject of awesome air traffic gifs, check out this awesome one from the Institute of Applied Information Technology (InIT) at Zurich University of Applied Sciences. It shows air traffic worldwide (based off data from 2008):
Stats about Hartsfield-Jackson come from the airport’s official website here.