Information and Travel Guide for Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, also known as Hartsfield Airport and Atlanta Airport, is a public airport operated by the US Department of Aviation. It is the busiest airport worldwide since 1998 in terms of passenger traffic and number of take-offs and landings. The airport is a major travel hub for the Southeastern region of the US.
The land the airport is built upon once belonged to The Atlanta Speedway. With the racetrack abandoned, the land was leased to the government, who turned it into an airfield. The airfield was named Candler Field as part of the agreement, to pay homage to the land's former owner, ex-mayor Asa Canlder. The airfield's first flight took place in September 1926, and it began to service airlines in June 1930, beginning with Eastern Air Lines. The US Government delegated this airport as a military airfield in October 1940 and during the 2nd World War, it became the busiest airfield in the US. It was renamed Atlanta Municipal Airport in 1946, during the final years of the war.
Services and Amenities
Between the North and South Terminal is the Atrium, which is a big open area filled with concessionaires. There are hundreds of kiosks and shops that can provide passengers with their shopping, dining and recreational needs. They have various restaurants serving a variety of international cuisines and retail shops that sell everything from bags to shoes. They also have a chapel, conference rooms, ATMs, banks and money changers. There are also stores that offer different services like shoe shiners, clinics and even suites. The entire airport is a WIFI hotspot and people may connect to any one of the five different WIFI providers with a small fee.
TSA regulations have dictated that passengers fit their carry-ons in either a 3 ounce bottle, 1 quart-sized transparent plastic zip-lock bag, or 1 bag. Each carry-on is processed through the screening machine one at a time. For a hassle-free screening process, remember to declare all liquids that are larger than three ounces. The screening process usually lasts less than 10 minutes.
Surrounding Places to Stay
There are a number of hotels inside the airport perimeter, as well as outside. Most of the inns and hotels located near the airport offer free rides to and from the airport via shuttle buses. If you're looking for low prices, you can try the Days Inn, Econo Lodge, Country Inn and Suites or Travelodge, which will only cost you around 40-50 dollars for a room. The Days Inn has WIFI access, laundry services and anyone under 17 can stay for free as long as they're accompanied by an adult. The Econo Lodge also offers comfortable and clean rooms, along with high speed internet connection, premium movie channels and free continental breakfasts.
Security checkpoint waiting times can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, so arrive at the airport early. The airport offers a free service called Trak-A-Flight, where you can receive free information regarding the status of your flight, either through your phone, PDA and other devices. Most liquids are prohibited unless they are stored in a 1 quart-sized plastic bag.