Atlanta - Airport Guide
International visitors to Atlanta arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (HJAIA), which is situated just 11 kilometres south of the city’s central business district. This is the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic, with an average of 260,000 daily passengers. A new terminal was opened at the airport in May 2012 to accommodate growth in passenger numbers.
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All international flights arrive and depart from concourses E and F of the Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr International Terminal – with the exception of flights that have pre-cleared customs, which use concourses T & A–D. Concourse E was opened in 1994 in anticipation of the 1996 Olympics, and the newer concourse F was opened in 2012. The HJAIA domestic terminal is split into north and south sides. Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines operate from the south terminal, while all other airlines operate from the north terminal.
As you’d expect from the world’s busiest airport, HJAIA is fully equipped with all the facilities you could hope for, whether you’d like a bite to eat, a more formal meal, a space to sit down and conduct business or world-class duty-free shops for some retail therapy. Currency exchanges, banks and ATMs are easy to locate. The airport also includes an interfaith chapel. Atlanta’s airport also features “WiFi Before you Fly”, providing fast, free Internet access. Getting around in the airport
The Hartsfield-Jackson airport spans a full 630,000 square metres. However, there’s an excellent system to help passengers navigate the sprawling space. Assisted walkways connect the airport’s two terminals and six concourses. In addition, the HJAIA Plane Train, which is an automated people mover, runs the length of the Transportation Mall; an underground mall that runs beneath the airport. It begins at the main terminal and passes under the centre of each concourse, as well as stopping at the baggage claim area.
Getting to and from the airport
An airport station is located at the western end of the airport's main terminal. Part of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) system, it provides quick and convenient access to and from popular destinations in Atlanta. Trains run frequently during the day, and there’s plenty of luggage space available at the end of each railcar. The Atlanta SkyTrain, another automated people mover, connects passengers in the HJAIA to the Hartsfield-Jackson Rental Car Center and the Georgia International Convention Center, via an elevated track that crosses the Interstate 85.
All the leading rental car agencies maintain stalls at Hartsfield-Jackson, among them Avis, Budget, SixT and Hertz Rentacar.
MARTA operates several buses to and from HJAIA, as do AMTRAK and Greyhound Flightlink.
Taxis are readily available from HJAIA. They are the quickest way to get exactly where you need to be, but for travellers looking to save a few dollars, using the MARTA system is almost as convenient.
A new plan,
In August 2014, a preliminary plan for new expansion of the airport was unveiled. The proposed improvements include three new international concourses (to be called G, H and I), the conversion of concourse E to domestic use, a brand new sixth runway and an improved taxi system. It’s a good idea to check which changes are underway or have been completed to save confusion.
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