Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport ATL

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Airport Overview

Atlanta International Airport is one of the busiest and most efficient airports in the world. It is named after former Atlanta mayors William B. Hartsfield & Maynard Jackson. It is located 7 miles (11 km) south of Downtown Atlanta District.


ATL can handle three simultaneous landings and offers over 200 nonstop destinations. One third of these are international. It serves Atlanta and Fulton & Clayton Counties in the U.S. State of Georgia. It is the busiest airport in the country and serves as a major transfer point for flights from/to smaller US cities.

Airport Stats & Facts

    ATL Airport is the busiest airport worldwide since 1998. It sits on the former Atlanta Speedway site, and now is home to the headquarters of Delta Airlines.

    On average, 275,000 passengers use the airport each day, amounting to over 100M travelers per year. About 60 thousand people are directly or indirectly employed by the airport, making Atlanta Airport Georgia's number 1 employer.

    Daily, there are approximately 2,700 arrivals or departures, serving more than 150 U.S. destinations as well as over 75 international destinations.

    There is even a dog park with 1 thousand ft square of space for animals in transit, as well as service animals.

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Airport Awards:

  • 2020 Airport Service Quality Awards (ASQ) for "Best Airport By Size and Region (over forty million passengers annually in North America)" as well as "Best Hygiene Measures By Region (North America)". The ASQ Departures program, which was awarded by Airports Council International in (ACI), has been the benchmark for airport passenger satisfaction. It now includes nearly 400 airports from 95 countries. This year marks the debut of the Hygiene Measures category.
  • 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: [email protected]

Atlanta’s MARTA Trains are very efficient, check out the train schedule or contact the Customer Service at 404-848-5000 or e-mail: [email protected]

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/

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 (pre-covid), the ATL airport served over 110 million passengers.

Have a question about Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport?


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 literally hundreds of places you can fly from ATL without making a stop. Check out a listing of their direct flights.
There are two major international airports in Georgia, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.