Atlanta's International Airport is massive. Between 1998 and 2019 it was the busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic. It lost its status as the busiest airport in the world to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. If one flies through this giant airport, it is likely that one is either going to Atlanta or transiting with Delta Air Lines.
It serves as the primary hub for Delta Air Lines with many people changing flights in this airport. While the airport is the hub for the giant Delta, it is also a focus city for Southwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines. Being the world's busiest airport it is well set up with everything one needs for a comfortable and hassle-free trip. See here for reasons why it's important to choose the right airline to fly with.
About Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
- Located: 7 Miles From Downtown Atlanta
- Named After: Former Atlanta Mayors William B. Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson
- Runways: Five Parallel Runways
- Flights: Over 1,000 Flights A Day
- Destinations: 225 Destinations (Both International and Domestic)
- Record: In 2015 It Became The First Airport To Serve Over 100 Million Passengers
Flying through the airport is easy, everything is well marked out and there are plenty of lounges and dining establishments in the airport. The airport is home to the ATL Skypointe, with the airport describes as "the brand of one of the world’s greatest shopping and dining experiences".
Dining At The Airport
There are over 300 restaurants, shops, and services all spread out strategically throughout the airport. No matter where one's gate is, there will always be shopping and a great dining experience nearby.
There are way too many restaurants to list out here - obviously, there are all the large chain restaurants like Popeyes, McDonald's, and Burger King. Still here are some of the more notable local restaurants at the airport to consider.
One Flew South
- Ranked: As One Of The Best Airport Restaurants In The World
- Type: Hartsfield-Jackson's First Upscale Restaurant
- Provides: Excellent Food, Service And Great Cocktails
Paschal's Southern Cuisine
- Georgian: It Has Been An Atlantan Restaurant Since 1947 And Is Locally Famous
- Food: Includes The Best Of Southern Food Like, Fried Chicken And Catfish, Country-Fried Steak, Mac'n' Cheese, And Souther Vegetable Plates
Grindhouse Killer Burgers
- Type: Full-Service Build Your Own Burgers
- Number: In Two Locations In the Airport (At D30 and the Other At T Gate Near North Security)
Other Local Restaurants Include: Original El Taco, Chicken + Beer, Atlanta Chophouse, LotttaFrutta, and Last Cast Bar and Grill
Local Public Transport
To get to the airport from Atlanta via public (not taxi) transport there are three options.
- Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA): Operates Both Trains And Buses, The Map And Schedule For The Trains Can Be Found Here
- Greyhound & AMTRAK: These Both Operate Out Of The Airport Connecting Passengers To Different Destinations
There are also plenty of taxis and ride-sharing services at the airport. Consider using Lyft or Uber to get into Atlanta as well - they are often cheaper than around the world. For more travel hacks about flying read this.
Parking At The Airport
There is plenty of parking in the airport. Parking operates 24/7 at both the International and Domestic Terminals. There is a shuttle service from their International Parking. Reservations are not possible and everything runs on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are many parking options and they vary by short-term parking, long-term parking, location, covered or uncovered, etc. For a complete pricing breakdown see here.
- Electric Charging: There are EV Charging Spaces Available
- Rates: Daily $19.00
- ATL Select: Uncovered: $10, Covered $14, Oversized $28
The airport's Rental Car Center is a one-stop facility that offers all the rental vehicles one would want to choose from.
- Access: Access to The Rental Car Center Via The SkyTrain Or the International Terminal Shuttle
- Hours: 24 Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week
- Car Rental Companies: There Are 12 Rental Car Companies Including, Hertz, SIXT Rent a Car, Thrifty Car Rental, Avis, Budget Car Rental, Enterprise, And Others
As of the time of writing the airport does not require passengers to have a Covid-19 test before arriving or departing. However, the airlines may require one. One should always check with the airline's PCR Test and vaccination policies before flying.
The policies regarding the pandemic with testing, masks, and vaccines are fluid and liable to change, one should always check for the most up-to-date information. For example, vaccinated Americans are now able to visit Canada and some museums (e.g. in New York) require proof of vaccination for entry.
Traveling through the world's busiest airport is easy, straightforward, and stress-free and no one needs to worry.