Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Guide)

The land that is now home to the busiest airport in the world – Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport used to be an Atlanta Speedway and an abandoned racetrack. Asa Grigg Candler, the Coca-Cola founder and also a mayor of Atlanta one time, built a racetrack in 1909 on the site that was primarily farmland. The reason behind choosing this particular location was that it was a relatively flat area in the region. Candler


About the Airport

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (IATA: ATL, ICAO: KATL, FAA LID: ATL) is the busiest airport in the world. The airport is situated seven miles (11 km) from the Downtown area of Atlanta on its south side. The name of the airport changed numerous times and currently has its name after two former mayors of Atlanta – William B. Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson.


Atlanta, with the estimated 2017 population of 486,290, is the most populated city in the State of Georgia and also the capital of it. The city is a cultural and economic hub of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
Atlanta is governed by a Mayor and City Council consisting of 15 representatives – one from each district of the city and three at-large positions. All of the mayors that have been elected since 1973 were Black. The first woman to become a Mayor was Shirley Franklin in 2001.
Atlanta is named as a Global City or beta(+) that has more than a moderate impact on global economy, commerce, finances, education, technology, media, art, and entertainment.
Atlanta recently has been named as Los Angeles of the South. Although LA remains as a hub to many film studios, in 2016 there were more significant films made in the State of Georgia than in California. Movies made in Georgia also dominated 2018 box office.
Marvel Studios shot parts of the film Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-man, and the Wasp in Atlanta. Of course thanks to the generous tax incentives for film productions signed by the governor Sonny Perdue in 2008.
Atlanta is a great place to reside in for not only film lovers but also for people who like to reside in a forested urban area. Atlanta has more than 100,000 shade trees and has been named as the most heavily forested urban area in the country by the National Forest Service. The forest covers 47,9% of the city.

General Information


Alaska Airlines at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is located at the Concourse D – Gate D3. The airlines advise passengers to arrive at the airport 2 hours before the departure, and in case they do not need to check in their bags, 60 minutes before the scheduled departure. Ticket counters are located at the North Terminal at the Hartsfield Door N-4, 9 and ten positions and work Daily from 11:45 AM to 3:00 PM.

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The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Airport West has rooms and suites. Current prices for rooms start at $101 and for suites start at $135. The rooms have two queen size beds with triple-sheeted bedding and a mix of a soft and firm pillow. There are TVs installed in rooms that offer HBO. Rooms feature a microwave and a refrigerator and are non-smoking facilities.

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There are several different ways to get to the airport or get to the city from the Hartsfield International Airport, and those include Shared-ride shuttles, shared-ride vans, limousines, taxis, hotel shuttles, and public transportation.

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MARTA is the 9th biggest transit system in the United States that has buses, trains, and para-transit vehicles that provide about 420,000 passenger trips within Atlanta, DeKalb and Fulton counties daily. The transit system is a primary way of transportation for those living in and visiting Atlanta. The system has a station at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Terminal, making it easy for passengers arriving at the airport to connect to the transit system

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