Your Guide to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Airport Guide

Photo courtesy of Omoo at en.wikipedia

Edited by Benet Wilson

Originally the home of a race track, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic as of 2015, and has been since 1998.  It serves 150 U.S. and more than 75 international destinations, with nearly 2,500 departures daily.  In 2015, it was ranked number 45 in the World Airport Awards.  The airport is also the hub and headquarters for Delta Air Lines.

6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320

Flight Status

Check on the flight status of airlines serving Hartsfield-Jackson. The airport also allows travelers to sign up for ATL Trak-A-Flight, which lets travelers know when there's a change in an airline's flight status. After registering for the service and uploading flight information, you will be sent a short text or a longer email every time that flight's status has changed. Once the flight has arrived or departed, the notification will stop.

Getting to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

As befitting a large metropolitan city, there are plenty of options to get to and from the airport. Below are links that cover every option. 

Parking at ATL

For those choosing to drive to the airport, Hartsfield-Jackson has myriad parking options. Travelers can check the current parking status at the airport's 11 lots.

And there are lots to cover all price points, from Gold Reserve Parking to the economy lots. The airport also allows passengers to reserve a spot in its hourly lots. 

  • Parking Categories
  • Parking Rates Domestic Terminal
  • Parking Rates International Terminal
  • Cell Phone Lot (PDF)
  • Parking Map and Directions

Maps of ATL Airport: The world's busiest airport can be confusing to even the most seasoned traveler.

These maps can be handy in finding everything from your correct gate to a place to grab a bite or pick up a last-minute souvenir.

Security Checkpoints: Hartsfield-Jackson has four main checkpoints: International, Domestic South, Domestic Main and Domestic North. Travelers can track wait times at each checkpoint

Airlines at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport: The airport is home to seven domestic and seven international carriers that serve more than 101 million passengers a year. They offer nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations and nearly 70 international destinations in more than 45 countries.

Airport Amenities

The airport has national local food/beverage and retail brands, along with local and regional favorites that will appeal to every traveler. There are also services available for travelers in need.


Hartsfield-Jackson has more than 300 hotels in different price points and amenities nearby. They range from the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel, which has stunning views of the runway, to Motel 6on the north side of the facility. Other nearby airports include:

  1. Hilton Atlanta Airport
  2. The Westin Atlanta Airport
  1. Drury Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport
  2. Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel
  3. Staybridge Suites Atlanta Airport
  4. Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta Airport North
  5. La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North
  6. Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Atlanta Airport North
  7. Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North

Unusual Services

The airport is home to a 1,000-square-foot dog park, located at the Ground Transportation area on Domestic Terminal South outside of doors W1 and W2. There are also parks at the lower level of Domestic Terminal North outside door LN2 to the right of the building, along with the arrivals level of the international terminal, just outside door A1. The fenced-in parks offer biodegradable bags along with flowers, grass, rocks, and benches.

Do you want to get a behind-the-scenes look at the world's busiest airport?

Then sign up for tours of the following: airport operations; the airfield; the eTower; the fire station; a history walk through Concourses B and C; the Atlanta SkyTrain; and the Aviation Art program. 

The Aviation Art program offers exhibits and performances for passengers and employees. The program commissions artists to create site-specific artwork, presents rotating exhibitions and schedules performing arts series. The permanent art program at Hartsfield-Jackson started in 1979, when then-Mayor Maynard Jackson commissioned nine pieces for the new main terminal. The collection currently has more than 250 pieces, with works including: Zimbabwe: A Tradition in Stone; A Walk Through Atlanta History; Samsonite and Rolling Suitcase; and the Quilted Passages tapestry, one of my personal favorites.

Finally, the airport offers a Guest Relations office, which is available to answer passengers' questions, comments or concerns. The office's more than 150 customer service agents and volunteers are located throughout the airport to help travelers and employees. Most of the customer service staff are bilingual. Airport volunteers help conduct tours, provide escorts, assist in emergencies and irregular operations and participate in special events. They also direct passengers to their gates and provide information about ground transportation in baggage claim areas.