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Atlanta Int. Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Overview

One of the busiest airports in the US, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport serves 89 million passengers each year on thousands of domestic and international flights to and from destinations like Paris, Toronto, Cancun, Dakar, London, Johannesburg, Seoul and San Francisco.

The enormous airport is made of two terminals connected by an atrium containing numerous services, shops, restaurants, and a food court. First-time visitors may find it difficult to find their way around, however the friendly staff members are always ready to assist, and a number of motorized walkways help to speed the long journey between gates.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is located seven miles (11km) south of central Atlanta, and is the main airport for Georgia, in addition to serving as a transit hub for many international flights to and from various US destinations.

Location

The airport is situated 10 miles (16km) south of downtown Atlanta.

Getting to the city

The airport is serviced quickly and conveniently by the trains and buses of the local Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Single tickets to downtown Atlanta cost $2.50 and the journey takes around 20 minutes. Other options like taxis, shuttles and limousines are all available at the Ground Transportation Center, located near the baggage claim area of the arrival's lobby. CityHoppa runs shuttle vans and private cars from the airport to Atlanta city centre.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 404 209 1910 or 530 7300.

Car rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available at the Ground Transportation Center, located near the baggage claim area of the arrivals lobby. The fixed fare from the airport to downtown Atlanta is US$30 and a $2-per-person fee applies for two or more passengers.

Transfer between terminals

The two terminals and six concourses are connected by a one mile (1.6km) underground mall. Travellers can choose to walk, step onto a moving sidewalk or board the innovative transit system.

Facilities

Hartsfield Atlanta is the world's busiest airport and has just about every facility you could hope for. With more than 200 concessions for services, food, beverages, and retail shopping, there are restaurants, bars and cafes to suit most tastes, and enough shops to keep even the most avid shopaholics busy. Bureaux de change and ATMs are situated throughout the airport. There are business traveller services in the Atrium and in most of the six concourses with telephone, fax and Internet access, meeting rooms and cell phone hire. Other facilities include an interfaith chapel, smoking lounges, a post office and concierge services. Disabled facilities are excellent; those with special needs should contact their airline or travel agent in advance.

Parking

Parking is charged at $3 per hour for all lots, however daily rates range from $16 to $36 depending on their distance from the terminal. The hourly parking lots located in front of each terminal are the most convenient parking for picking up or dropping off. There are also daily lots adjacent to the airport's main terminal and economy lots nearby. The Park & Ride lots are the cheapest option and are connected by regular shuttle buses.

Departure Tax

None.

Website

www.atlanta-airport.com

Airlines

Flights to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are available on AirTran, American Airlines, US Airways, Continental Airlines, KLM, Delta Air Lines, British Airways, Frontier Air Lines, Spirit Airlines, Alaska Airlines, United, Airlines, Air Canada, GeorgiaSkies, Air France, Korean Airlines and Lufthansa.

Internet

Wifi is available for a fee through Boingo.

Business Lounges

Meeting rooms and business services like phone, fax, internet, videoconferencing, photocopying and computers are available in the Executive Conference Centre. There is also a Laptop Lane in the Atrium offering internet, phones, fax, printing and copying services. Plug points for laptops are available in the food court.


Atlanta Int. Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.