A Guide to Airports in Georgia

Georgia is home to a number of commercial airports, but by far the most important is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger count (more than 100 million people travel through it annually). But Georgia also has a number of smaller airports, the majority of which serve domestic destinations only—and oftentimes only Atlanta at that. If you're flying to Georgia, chances are you'll fly into Atlanta, or possibly Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, but you might want to check availability to the regional airports as well.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

  • Location: South Atlanta
  • Pros: Extremely easy to navigate
  • Cons: It's crowded
  • Distance to Downtown Atlanta: Cabs cost a flat rate of $30 for one passenger, plus $2 per additional passenger. You can also take the MARTA for $2.50 one way.

The busiest airport in the world is a hub for Delta and a focus city for Frontier, Southwest, and Spirit. It's located seven miles from downtown Atlanta and connects to the city via the MARTA public transportation system. The majority of its nearly one million annual flights are domestic, but it does offer international routes to major cities on five continents (Australia and Antarctica are the exceptions). There are two terminals—domestic and international—across seven concourses, which are all connected via a quick and efficient train.

Augusta Regional Airport (AGS)

  • Location: South of Augusta
  • Pros: Never crowded
  • Cons: Limited flights
  • Distance to Downtown Augusta: The only option is a taxi, unless you're renting a car or taking a hotel shuttle. It takes about 15 minutes and costs about $30.

Augusta is a regional airport that's serviced by Delta and Delta Connection serving Atlanta and New York(seasonally). American Eagle also flies here from Charlotte and Dallas/Fort Worth, with seasonal service to Chicago O'hare, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. The airport is eight miles south of the city.

Brunswick Golden Isles Airport (BQK)

  • Location: North of Brunswick
  • Pros: Never crowded
  • Cons: Only one destination
  • Distance to Downtown Brunswick: A taxi takes about 15 minutes and costs about $30.

This airport is only serviced by one commercial airline—Delta Connection, which flies to Atlanta. It's primarily used for general aviation, though the military sometimes uses it, too.

Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG)

  • Location: Northeast of Columbus
  • Pros: Never crowded
  • Cons: Only one destination
  • Distance to Downtown Columbus: A taxi takes about 15 minutes and costs about $30.

This airport is only serviced by one commercial airline—Delta Connection, which flies to Atlanta. It's primarily used for general aviation.

Middle Georgia Regional Airport (MCN)

  • Location: South of Macon
  • Pros: Never crowded
  • Cons: Limited flights
  • Distance to Downtown Macon: A taxi takes about 20 minutes and costs about $35.

Macon's regional airport has commercial service to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Contour Airlines. There are one to two flights per day. Sun Country also offers chartered flights to Biloxi, Mississippi, out of this airport.

Savannah - Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)

  • Location: Northwest of Savannah
  • Pros: Not crowded
  • Cons: Limited flights
  • Distance to Savannah Historic District: Taxis are a flat rate of $28 and take about 15 minutes. There are also Chatham Area Transit public buses that connect the airport with various destinations in the area.

Though not nearly as big as ATL, the SAV airport is the second busiest airport in Georgia and the only other international airport in the state, serving Toronto on Air Canada. It also flies non-stop to 30 destinations across the U.S., though some routes are seasonal. On the commercial side of things, the airport is often used by tourists visiting Savannah or Hilton Head Island, as well as locals and businesspeople. It's also the headquarters of Gulfstream Aerospace. SAV is also a military airport, serving as the base of 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard.

Southwest Georgia Regional Airport (ABY)

  • Location: Southwest of Albany
  • Pros: Not crowded
  • Cons: Limited flights
  • Distance to Downtown Albany: A taxi takes about 10 minutes and costs about $15.

This airport is only serviced by one commercial airline—Delta Connection, which flies to Atlanta. It's primarily used for cargo service.

Valdosta Regional Airport (VLD)

  • Location: South of Valdosta
  • Pros: Not crowded
  • Cons: Limited flights
  • Distance to Downtown Valdosta: A taxi takes about 10 minutes and costs about $15.

This airport is only serviced by one commercial airline—Delta Connection, which flies to Atlanta. It's primarily used for general aviation.

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