Have you ever flown out of Hartsfield-Jackson International for a vacation? If you are planning your trip with your relatives, then you should visit throughout this airport. Perhaps you connect through Atlanta regularly, or maybe you fly out of ATL every week for business trips.
Whichever kind of traveler you are, there are always more tips and tricks to learn about the Atlanta airport. So, here get some ideas to improve your next trip with these 10 things to know about Atlanta international airport.
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The airport is located 7 miles (11 km) south of Atlanta’s central business district, in the U.S. state of Georgia. The Hartsfield Jackson airport international terminal helps you to find the ticketing, check-in, and baggage claim area at the airport. Unique underground transit mall and subway train systems connect the passenger to these terminals.
- Num 1: Handles More Flights & Passengers
It is one of the busiest airports in the world and can handle more passengers than any other airport. This happens because it is the primary hub of Delta Air Lines that are connecting 10 millions of travelers through the airport’s concourses every year.
Other airports that come under the top 10 are Beijing, Dubai, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Chicago, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Paris. By square mileage, ATL isn’t the biggest airport while other airports like Denver and Dallas/Fort Worth have more land, but Hartsfield-Jackson handles more flights and passengers.
- Num 2: Lounges
You can enter into the following waiting areas at the airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program if you are an economy class traveler. There is a number of lounges are available like Delta Sky club (Concourses A, B, C, D, E, F, T), the Club at ATL (Concourses F), American Airline Admiral Club (Concourses T), and United Club (Concourses T).
- Num 3: Sleeping Suites Are Available
If you want to sleep or need some privacy in the airport and you are capable to pay for it, then there are sleep suites on Concourse B. Minute Suites on Concourse B has small private rooms with a daybed sofa, pillows, blankets and a TV, for an hour up to two hours. You can book these suites for maximum 8 hours.
- Num 4: Concourses:
The Atlanta airport has 7 concourses: T, A, B, C, D, E and F. The “T” is for the terminal, since Concourse T is attached to the domestic terminal. You can visit any of these concourses by entering via the domestic terminal on the west end or via the international terminal on the east end. These both domestic and international terminals are connected to each other by the plane train people-mover.
To get through its security and onto the plane train, you generally do need a valid boarding pass for an upcoming flight. Otherwise, you can catch a free terminal-to-terminal shuttle bus between the international terminal and domestic terminal.
- Num 5: Art Exhibition:
There is a vast array of art throughout the terminals and concourses of the Atlanta airport. It also has a virtual walk through a forest in the underground walkway between Concourses A and B and some massive hanging sculptures in the international terminal and Concourse F.
- Num 6: Chapels:
There are 3 interfaith chapel locations at Hartsfield-Jackson. One is available at the pre-security in the domestic terminal atrium on the 3rd floor, the second one is available at the Concourse E midpoint, and a third is on Concourse F on the second floor of the atrium.
There is a number of services available throughout the week and the chapels are open 24 hours a day.
- Num 7: Inter-Terminal Transportation:
There is a free SkyTrain that runs outside the airport. The airport has 3 stations, going from the domestic terminal to the Georgia International Convention Center and onto the airport’s rental car center.
Hotels available at the Georgia International Convention Center stop are connected to the airport by SkyTrain. The Georgia International Convention Center stops also known as Gateway center.
- Num 8: Hotels:
There are several hotels are available at the Georgia International Convention Center to stop at the affordable prices. Hotels like the Marriott Atlanta Gateway, Springhill Suites Gateway and the Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway provide convenient options for travelers in Atlanta during snowstorms. The Marriott and Renaissance hotels also have restaurants.
- Num 9: Food & Drinks:
The world’s busiest airport has plenty of the typical fast food and chain restaurants. There are also some more surprising choices if you have extra time to dine. There is a number of restaurants available:
- The upscale James Beard award semifinalist One Flew South on Concourse E.
- Sleek Midtown restaurant Ecco on Concourse F.
- A Papi’s Caribbean Cafe on Concourse T.
- A Varasano’s Pizzeria with a piano bar on Concourse A.
- A small Cafe Intermezzo on Concourse B.
- The Varsity on Concourse C.
- Ludacris concept Chicken + Beer on Concourse D.
There are many other options are available among the more than 114 food and beverage locations.
Most people want to get in and out of the airport as quickly as possible. But due to the hustle-and-bustle, you cannot get through the airport with the group. So, you can arrange for a group tour through the airport. There is a number of options available for tours like airfield and ground control tower; the airfield and one of the airport’s fire stations; the SkyTrain and Plane Train operations; or airport art.