Review: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Welcome to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), the world’s busiest airport.  If you passed through ATL in 2011, you were one of more than 92 million passengers to fly through this busy hub.  Atlanta is home to Delta Airlines and AirTran, which is now owned by Southwest.  

ATL is divided into a series of linear concourses, T, A, B, C, D, E, and F.  F is Atlanta’s new international terminal.  T is connected to the main terminal building.  You move among the concourses through underground tunnels or the convenient air train.  Trains run every few minutes and during peak times can get a little crowded.

If you have a long layover, ATL is one of the better airports to spend some time.  This is because there are plenty of dining and shopping options.  Food and shopping is located in every concourse.  If you find yourself with some time to burn, make sure you venture down to the new F concourse.  While F is for international departures and arrivals, any passenger can access this brand new terminal.  F is open and spacious which is great departure from the rest of ATL’s cramped concourses.  There is a decent food court on the second level with a variety of international dining options.  The other concourses, with the exception of T, also have food courts.  They are located in the center of each concourses, which is conveniently where the access to the trains is located as well.

If you are planning a trip with a tight connection, use caution.  Atlanta is a busy hub and during peak times it can be difficult to get between concourses quickly.  For example, if you have a forty-five minute layover and your arriving flight comes into E, you will have to make a mad dash if your connection departs from T, A or B.

Baggage claim at ATL is divided into two sections with Delta on one side and all of the other airlines sharing the other side.  Note: If you fly Delta, oversized bags come in at the oversized baggage area.  Save your bag claim form.  You will need it to retrieve your bag.  This includes golf clubs.

For Delta travelers, you will never be far from an information desk or customer service representative.  If you have SkyClub access make sure you check out the club in F.  It’s new, spacious and utilizes Delta’s new blue and white interior design scheme.  As of this article’s publish date, ATL is a TSA PreCheck airport for Delta passengers who provide secure passenger information with their reservation.