Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport holds the title as World’s Busiest Airport, having handled over 100 million passengers in 2015. It is also home and primary hub of Delta Air Lines, where the airline carries approximately 75% of all passengers. Despite its size and significance, Atlanta only has service from 9 foreign airlines; yet due to Delta’s hub, there is non-stop service to over 50 countries, which is amongst the most of any US airport. Here’s what you need to know about Atlanta Airport:
Getting Around: All concourses of the Atlanta airport are connected, so that there is no need to exit a building and re-clear customs when making a connection (as you might have at JFK or LAX, for example). The airport is laid out with 7 parallel concourses. Concourse T is directly connected to the domestic terminal building, followed by Concourses A through F (F gates are attached to the International terminal building). Each of the concourses are connected by an underground train and walkway, and the two farthest gates are no more than about 15 minutes apart from each other. However, beware that some of concourses are narrow and can be quite crowded.
Relaxing: As with most airports, there are a series of permanent and rotating art exhibitions throughout the airport. However, most of these are located in the underground walkways that connect the concourses, which aren’t really spaces that you’d want to spend any extra time. As the busiest airport in the world, there aren’t a lot of quiet spaces, so you may need to buy some quiet time. Atlanta is amongst a growing number of airports worldwide that have micro-hotels within the airport (without leaving security). Minute Suites, adjacent to gate B16, offers rooms with a daybed, desk and TV, available for short term rental.
Dining: There are numerous dining options on every concourse. Widely regarded as the best restaurant at the airport (or any airport for that matter), is One Flew South, in the central area of Concourse E. Offering a unique combination of international cuisine prepared with local ingredients, there are choices for almost any palette. Atlanta’s best burgers, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, has 2 locations at the airport, by gates D32 and T11.