Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — Once again, Atlanta rules the world.
At least its airport does.
More than 107 million passengers flew through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last year, making it the busiest passenger airport in the world for the 21st year in a row.
Globally, passenger traffic increased to 8.8 billion last year, a 6.4% increase, while air cargo shipments increased by 3.4%.
"The World Airport Traffic Report shows that even as smaller airports around the world continue to make strong gains, the largest hub airports continue to grow," said ACI World Director General Angela Gittens in a news release.
"There were 16 airports handling more than 40 million passengers per annum in 2008 and there are now 54."
But Gittens warned of the impact of protectionist policies around the world.
"Protectionist rhetoric -- fueled by isolationist policies -- has swept several major economies in recent times and this has translated into a dismantling of established open trade relationships and regimes," Gittens said in the news release.
Air transport relies on open markets to grow, she said.
"Despite this, passenger traffic has remained resilient, posting annual growth rates above historical averages with the cost of travel decreasing in many markets and middle-class populations burgeoning in emerging markets," she said, adding that persistent isolationist policies could stifle growth in many countries.