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Study finds Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta most efficient gateway

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been named as the most efficient gateway out of nearly 200 hubs, as part of a study by the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS).

The ATRS selected the US airport as most efficient airport globally and also declared the most efficient in regions around the world, as part of a study of commercial airports in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America.

The analysis assessed airport costs and revenue data, measuring the productivity and efficiency of each gateway.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, scooped the overall gong, its 11th top efficiency excellence award during the 12-year history of the ATRS airport efficiency accolades.

The airport's assistant general manager, Balram Bheodari, says: “This award stands as a testament to our unwavering dedication to operational and managerial efficiency, and cost competitiveness.”

In Canada, Vancouver International and Calgary International airports came out top of the list, while Copenhagen Airport scooped the top productivity and highly efficient airport in Europe, for the ninth time in 11 years.

Copenhagen Airports’ COO, Kristian Durhuus, explains: “In the last decade, competition among the major airports for routes, growth and jobs has intensified significantly, so we are very proud indeed to receive the award.”

Among the small/medium-size airport category, Athens International Airport, took this year’s ATRS Efficiency Excellence Award.

CEO, Dr Yiannis Paraschis, comments: “Targeted efforts towards minimizing traffic losses and revenue streams, in combination with operating cost optimization, have been key to that end and allowed AIA to post healthy results, without compromising its value-for-money services.”


Korea Airports Corporation’s (KAC) Gimhae International Airport in Busan, South Korea, picked up the 2014 ATRS Asian Airport Efficiency Excellence Award.

Sydney Airport successfully defended the top productivity and efficiency performance title in Oceania, its fourth win in a row.

The ATRS Airport Task Force also awarded additional excellence awards based on specific aspects of achievement which included the Cost Competitiveness Excellence Award to Riga International Airport; the Revenue Source Diversification Excellence Award to Keflavik International Airport; and the Asian Airport Revenue Diversification Excellence Award to Seoul-Gimpo Airport.

The Oceanian Airport Revenue Diversification Excellence Award to Gold Coast International Airport; and the Airport User Charge Excellence Award to Luxembourg International Airport.

The benchmarking study was led by Professor Tae Hoon Oum, chairman of ATRS: "This airport benchmarking report provides a comprehensive and unbiased evaluation of airport performance around the world.

“With increasing competition in airport transport markets worldwide, these rankings are helpful not only to the airport and airlines, but also to governments, consultants, regulatory commissions, institutional investors, researchers and graduate students."

As part of the study, ATRS also found peak period aircraft landing fees at Heathrow and Gatwick airports are the most expensive, while the highest landing fee in Asia is at Tokyo Haneda International Airport, and in Oceania at Sydney Airport.hea2

In North America, the study found New York’s LaGuardia Airport was the most expensive airport to land on a per passenger basis.

Among European airports, Luxembourg International Airport and Riga International Airport, charge the lowest average charges for the combined landings and passenger services per passenger, while Heathrow and Gatwick, charge the most.

In Asia, ATRS says Taipei-Taoyuan Airport charges the lowest combined landing and passenger fees per passenger, while Kansai International Airport in Japan charges the highest.

Results found Charlotte Airport has the lowest cost per enplaned passenger in the US, while New York's JFK International Airport charges the highest CPE, and in Canada, Victoria Airport charges the lowest CPE, while Toronto Pearson International Airport charges the highest.

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