O'Hare Surpasses Atlanta for Traffic

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is the nation's busiest airport.

O'Hare had more than 477-thousand flights during the first half of 2006.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was second, with more than 472-thousand take-offs and landings.

The Federal Aviation Administration says Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was the third busiest.

Atlanta argues that it is consistently the nation's busiest airport in terms of passengers.

While busy, O'Hare saw a one-point-three percent decrease in flights. Chicago officials attribute that to an FAA-imposed limit on the number of flights at O'Hare to help relieve congestion there.

Atlanta had five percent fewer flights compared to the same time last year. A spokeswoman notes that the airport has been affected by airlines cutting down on flights that are not full or near full because of high fuel prices.

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