Why is Atlanta such a busy airport?

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Why is Atlanta such a busy airport? And why is it a Delta hub?


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Because Delta Air Lines (world's largest airline by fleet size, and passenger traffic) operate out of Atlanta and operate on a spoke-hub distribution model, a model which they pioneered and other airlines have adopted since. In essence, the majority of travel moves along "spokes" passes through a central "hub", minimising the routes required to cover the same area and proving a more efficient use of resources.

This spoke-hub model is why you'll see a lot of Delta flights across North America passing through Atlanta, American Airlines flights via Dallas/Fort Worth etc.

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