Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport ATL

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Airport Overview

Atlanta International Airport is the world's most efficient & busiest airport. It’s named after the former Atlanta mayors William B. Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson and is also referred to as Atlanta airport, Hartsfield, or Hartsfield-Jackson. The airport is located 7 miles(11km) south of the Downtown Atlanta District.

ATL is equipped to handle triple simultaneous landings, offering over 200 nonstop destinations, a third of which are international ones. It serves the U.S. State of Georgia's Fulton & Clayton Counties and the City of Atlanta. Being the busiest, it’s a major transfer point for flights to/from smaller US cities, and an international gateway to/from the United States.

Airport Stats & Facts

  • Since 1998, ATL Airport has been the busiest airport in the world.
  • It serves over 150 U.S. destinations and more than 75 international destinations.
  • The airport averages 275,000 passengers per day.
  • There are 2,700 arrivals and departures daily.

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Airport Awards:

  • 2017 - Global Efficiency Excellence Award for the 14th year in a row by the Air Transport Research Society ATRS.
  • 2017 - Best Airport Dining Award by Global Travel Magazine.
  • 2016 - World’s Busiest Airport 19th year by Airports Council International.
  • 2015 - Top US Airport for Transit Access by Global Gateway Alliance.

Airport Traveling Tips

  • Airport peak hours are morning hours and holidays.
  • Arrive 2 hours( peak travel time 2.5 hours) before an international flight departure and 90 minutes before a domestic flight departure to account for ATL airport security wait times and any possible flight delays.
  • Prior to leaving your house to catch your flight- take the following steps:
    • 1. Contact your airline 72 hours prior to scheduled departure to confirm your flight, as non-confirmation empowers your airline to cancel your reservation.
    • 2. Make sure that your name on the passport matches the name on the ticket.
    • 3. Take a few minutes to look at the Atlanta Airport map before heading to the airport for a flight.
    • 4. To get to the Domestic Terminal (on I-85/75 southbound through downtown Atlanta), use exit 242.
    • 5. To get to the International Terminal and I-75, use exit 239. ATL is also directly accessible via the MARTA's Red/Gold rail line.

Five steps from check-in to boarding using technology:

1. If traveling with a handbag only: check-in at home online with your airline; on Arrival at the Airport proceed directly to security control.

2. Attach the baggage tag to your checked bag, then proceed to the baggage drop machine (look at screens for location) using the scanner to scan your bags.

3. At E-Gates past security control - scan your boarding pass and proceed to security control.

4. Passengers heading to a non-Schengen destination or foreign airports, use the Passport scanner: put passport into the scanner and stand on the marked spot for camera view. Remove first glasses, hat, while a photo is taken.

5. At the boarding gate use the e-boarding kiosk: place a boarding pass onto the scanner, then proceed to board your plane.

Important Notice:

  • TSA & American Airlines together implemented a new screening technology with automated security screening lanes (ASCL) & CT scanners - reducing security screening time by nearly 30 percent.
  • Clear offers the latest biometric screening service.
  • Eligible passengers may use the MPC (Mobile Passport Control) app, which can be downloaded free from Apple APP or Google Play Stores, or over the Airport's free WiFi system.
  • Customer Service can be reached at 1-800-897-1910 / fax 1-404-530-7384.

Flight Status

Airport Terminals

Atlanta Georgia Airport has two Main Terminals:

1. Domestic Terminal (TD) - Concourses A, B, C, D, and T.

2. Maynard Jackson International Terminal - Concourses E and F. This terminal is 1 mile from the Domestic and is connected by free underground Plane Train serving all domestic and international terminal and concourses.

For terminal details open ATL Terminal Map and scroll down to the detailed text; for Parking facilities and fees open Parking Map to see all parking options.

Airlines Served

The Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport serves various airlines like Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines and many more.

View the full list of airlines served at ATL Airport.

Ground Transportation

The passengers have several transportation options after arriving at the airport for ground transport to their next destination. Some of the transportation options include airport shuttles, car rentals, buses, and trains. In addition, many passengers also utilize cab services like Uber, Lyft, and taxis.

Buses & Trains

The passengers can opt for bus services to go to their destination. Atlanta's MARTA Buses and their many routes are listed on their bus schedule (https://www.itsmarta.com/bus-schedules.aspx) - or e-mail: sutserv@marta.com.

Atlanta’s MARTA Trains are very efficient, check out the train schedule or contact the Customer Service at 404-848-5000 or e-mail: custserv@itsmarta.com.

Airport Shuttle

Airport Shuttle Services can be used to travel anywhere from the ATL airport. There are many different shuttle and transfer services, you can easily get a ride to any nearby location.

Airport Car Rentals

Car Rentals can be easily found at the Atlanta Airport. There are numerous car rental agencies onsite at the airport and well-known car rental providers offer airport travelers a large variety of vehicles to choose from.

Amenities & Services

To make your stay enjoyable, the Hartsfield Jackson ATL Airport provides visitors with different amenities and services:

  • Restaurants, cafes, and bars.
  • Stores, gift shops, and local souvenir shops.
  • Shoe shine stations and massage bars.
  • Multiple art installations and exhibits on display.
  • Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the entire airport.
  • Currency exchange.

Passenger Pickup and Drop-off

  • After passengers leave the aircraft, a corridor guides them to escalators down to the arrivals level.
  • People can wait in the arrivals hall to meet the passengers arriving aboard international flights at concourses E and F. The ground transportation area, passenger pickup curb, and hourly parking facility are just outside the arrivals hall.

Contact Information

The Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport is owned by the City of Atlanta and operated by the Atlanta Department of Aviation.

Address: 6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA, 30320, United States

Website: http://www.atl.com/

Contact: http://www.atl.com/contact-us/

Phone: (800) 897-1910

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Atlanta Airport: A Brief History Timeline

  • April 16, 1925, Mayor Walter Sims signed a five-year lease on 287 acres abandoned auto racetrack named the Atlanta Speedway. As a part of the agreement, this land was renamed Candler Field after its former owner’s family including Coca Cola tycoon, Asa Candler.
  • In 1948, Candler Field was renamed as Atlanta Municipal Airport.
  • In 1957, Atlanta became the busiest airport in the world with more than two million passengers passing through.
  • On September 21, 1980, a new terminal opened which covered an area of 2.5 million square feet and was designed to accommodate up to 55 million passengers per year.
  • In 1999, the Development Program was established by Hartsfield Jackson’s leadership, known as Focus On The Future, which involved various construction projects with the goal to handle a projected demand of 121 million passengers in 2015.
  • On October 20, 2003, the airport was renamed Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport to honor former mayor Maynard Jackson.
  • The airport is the largest employment center in Georgia and employs around 55,300 airlines, concessionaires, the federal government, City of Atlanta, and airport tenant employees.
  • On March 10, 2016, the final 20-year plan was finalized which included modernization of existing terminals, extension and expansion of concourses, a new park-and-ride lot, and more.
  • In 2019, the ATL airport served 110,531, 300 passengers.

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport Q&A

Atlanta Airport is located 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Atlanta District.
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the main hub for Delta Airlines.
Passengers are permitted to sleep in the Atlanta Airport. It’s opened around the clock and visitors can stay airside overnight.
March to May is the peak time to visit Atlanta because the weather is pleasant and you can enjoy the city’s activities. While, in terms of prices, the cheapest flights to Atlanta around August.
There are two major international airports in Georgia, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
There are literally hundreds of places you can fly from ATL without making a stop. Check out a listing of their direct flights.

Traveler Help

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Newest Questions

Where are smarte cartes located at ATL Airport?

By Anne - Monday, 20 September, 2021, 5:37 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

There are numerous Smarte Carte locations in the airport, you can see them on this interactive map if you search for "Smarte". 

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Where do I park for a passenger pickup coming in from Seattle on Alaska Airlines? I do not want to get out of my vehicle.

By Sue - Tuesday, 21 September, 2021, 10:37 PM

Answered By: JFK Airport Staff

Alaska airlines will deliver your passenger’s luggage to the North Domestic side of the airport. You can park in the North Domestic hourly Lot.

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I’m getting off plane Delta Airlines In Atlanta how do I get to south west baggage claim?

By David Johns - Friday, 1 October, 2021, 7:46 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Atlanta is one of the largest airports in the world and it is a major Delta Hub. That said, your question really depends if you are using the Domestic or International terminals. For either one, the baggage claim is centralized so you just need to get on the Plane Train between the terminals and follow the signs for either Domestic or International Baggage Claim. Good luck!

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Are there curbside check in locations on south terminal lower level?

By John Miller - Friday, 1 October, 2021, 2:37 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Curbside check in stations are available at ATL, however, they are very dependent on the airline operating them. Please check with the airline directly for locations and hours of operation. Note that some airlines have changed their curbside operations & schedules due to Covid-19. 

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Where do I meet a domestic arriving passenger?

By mark - Friday, 1 October, 2021, 9:26 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

You can meet them curbside at the domestic terminals - they will be on the North or South side depending on the arriving airline/baggage claim area. Alternatively, the hourly parking is very close and you could park there, meet them in person at baggage claim, and then walk back to the car. 

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Are there offices to rent by the hour?

By Vlh howell - Saturday, 2 October, 2021, 8:46 PM

Answered By: ATL Airport Staff

If you are looking for a private room for meetings or to take a nap, you can make a reservation with Minute Suites

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Where is the Greyhound bus location at ATL?

By Marvin - Sunday, 3 October, 2021, 3:59 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Greyhound operates from the lower level of Terminal North - From the North baggage area, take escalator down.

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I had to park in hourly parking because the economy lot was full. Do I have to still pay hourly rates for 9 days of parking?

By Sonja L Henderson - Monday, 4 October, 2021, 3:18 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Yes, according to the airport. You can always check to see if offsite parking near ATL airport is available, it is usually less expensive than the economy lots. 

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I arrive tomorrow on Southwest flight into Domestic Gate C6 and departing Delta at International Terminal Gate E27. I am carrying baggage. May I get a boarding pass at Delta International Terminal Gate E27?

By Rebecca - Monday, 4 October, 2021, 3:23 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

The airport recommends that you download the DELTA APP to your phone, where you can get a boarding pass without having to find/wait at the ticketing area or gate. 

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How do I get from Delta arrival to an Alaska Airlines departure?

By Michele Ragazzo - Monday, 4 October, 2021, 4:11 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

This all depends on the arrival gate for Delta and the departure gate for Alaska. You can check real-time flight status here for both flights. Alaska usually uses D Gates. It is very easy to get between terminals at ATL, just follow the signs to your Terminal and gate. 

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