Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Airport Information

  • IATA Code: ATL
  • ICAO Code: KATL
  • Operator: City of Atlanta
  • Location: USA
  • Website: http://www.atl.com/

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest and most efficient airport in the world and, by some accounts, the best in North America. ATL is the economic jewel of Georgia, generating a $34.8 billion economic impact for metro Atlanta and providing more than 63,000 jobs on-site, making it the state’s largest employer.

Hartsfield-Jackson is a global gateway, offering nonstop service to more than 150 domestic and 70 international destinations. These locales include major commercial centers in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, and South and Central America. ATL also holds the distinction of being the first airport in the world to serve more than 100 million passengers in a single year.

In many ways, Hartsfield-Jackson is more than an airport. It’s also a destination. ATL’s award-winning concessions program features more than 300 commercial venues meeting guests’ shopping, dining and service needs. And its art program integrates permanent and rotating exhibits and musical performances into the fabric of the guest experience.

Now with its capital improvement plan ATLNext, a 20-year blueprint for growth, the Airport is poised to modernize its Domestic Terminal, expand its cargo operations and concourses, replace two of its parking facilities, and pave the way for a hotel and mixed-use development that will further solidify Hartsfield-Jackson as a beacon of economic strength and customer service in Georgia – and beyond.

Recent Awards

  • World’s Busiest Passenger Airport – Airports Council International
  • World’s Most Efficient Airport, Global Efficiency Excellence Award – Air Transport Research Society
  • Best Airport in North America, Business Travel Award – Business Traveler Magazine
  • Inclusion Champion Award – Airports Council International-North America
  • Best Airport Dining Award – Global Traveler Magazine
  • World Air Cargo Award – Air Cargo Week Magazine
  • Best Overall Concessions Program – Airport Revenue News

Airport Profile

  • Air Service Development: Poised for Growth

    With the arrival of the 100 millionth passenger in 2015, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) solidified its standing as the world’s most traveled airport. Hartsfield-Jackson continues to break industry records worldwide, not just for passenger traffic, but also for efficiency in operations. In 2015, ATL was named the world’s most efficient airport for the 15th consecutive year by the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS). ATL is also gaining ground in cargo and now ranks 12th in cargo volume among North American airports.

    Hartsfield-Jackson enables nonstop flights to more than 150 U.S. cities and nearly 70 international destinations in more than 45 countries. In 2015, Hartsfield-Jackson saw the following:

    • 101,491,106 total passengers, which equated to 285,000 average daily passengers
    • 882,497 total aircraft operations
    • 626,201 metric tons of cargo

    In addition to having some of the lowest operating costs in the United States, ATL boasts exceptional infrastructure, a highly efficient layout with five parallel runways, generous airfield capacity with round-the-clock operations, and no slot restrictions or curfews.

    In a bid to meet our mandate to increase cargo operations and maintain our ranking as the world’s most traveled and most efficient airport, Hartsfield-Jackson has implemented a robust air service development strategy for both its cargo and passenger operations. Key elements of this program include the following:

    • World-class facilities: Through a comprehensive capital improvement program dubbed ATLNext, the Airport is committed to build new facilities and update some its current facilities, specifically:
        • Passenger facilities by making aesthetic and functional upgrades to the concourses and people-movers as well as replacing the aging parking decks, thus improving the overall guest experience.
        • Cargo facilities by constructing a soon-to-be-commissioned truck staging facility. The Airport is also constructing a 100,000-square-foot cargo warehouse to add to its current 560,000 square feet of space in the South Cargo facility; a USDA-approved perishables complex; 42,000 square feet of computer-controlled refrigerated storage space; a fumigation chamber and cold treatment center.
    • ASIP: The air service incentive program is designed to stimulate cargo and passenger growth, particularly along routes that link Atlanta to the world’s fastest-growing economies and air cargo traffic.
    • Cargo and passenger development consultant services: The Airport has contracted with a consultant to provide industry intelligence and expertise in the route development process. Ultimately, this will allow us to speak “airline language” when we explore business cases
  • Passenger Security

    TSA has evolved from a one-size-fits-all security screening approach to a risk-based, intelligence-driven strategy designed to improve both security and the passenger experience. This approach permits us to provide expedited screening for trusted travelers while focusing on high-risk and unknown passengers at security checkpoints.

    TSA officers may use risk-based security measures to identify, mitigate and resolve potential threats at the Airport security checkpoint. These officers may ask you questions about your identity, itinerary and property, among other things. TSA uses a variety of screening processes, regardless of whether an alarm is triggered. In addition, TSA uses unpredictable security measures throughout the Airport, and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening.

    For more information on TSA Security Screening, click here.

    Automated Screening Lanes
    Navigating through ATL’s Automated Screening Lanes is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Follow the steps below to expedite your travel.

    1. At the security screening area, go to one of the five individual stations and retrieve a loading bin from beneath the station. Fill the bin with all of your carry-on items, including roll-aboard luggage. Do not place anything on top of your laptop and remember to remove liquids.

    2. Push the bin onto a conveyor belt, which will move it through the X-ray machine. Then proceed to the checkpoint. There’s no need to wait for the person in front of you to finish loading his bin. Each bin has a tracking mechanism.

    3. Pick up your belongings on the other side of the X-ray machine. Please stack your empty bin so that it can be automatically returned to the start of the line. If a bin’s contents need additional screening, it will be diverted to an alternate conveyor belt for inspection.

    TSA PreCheck
    Travelers interested in registering for TSA PreCheck can sign up at one of the Airport’s PreCheck enrollment centers in the Terminal South ticketing area and on Concourse A.

    TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that allows travelers at security checkpoints to wear personal items — including shoes, light jackets and belts — as well as carry laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in their cases or bags.

    The ATL enrollment centers are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The enrollment center located on Concourse A next to Gate A19 is for ticketed and connecting passengers. A second enrollment center is located in the Terminal South ticketing area (pre-security) and is open from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. A ticket or boarding pass is not necessary to visit this location.

    Both centers allow walk-in appointments on a first-come, first-served basis.

    TSA PreCheck lanes are staffed daily at the following locations:

    Location Hours of Operation
    Main Checkpoint 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Terminal North 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    International Terminal 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Airport guest service representatives are available to direct you to the ATL PreCheck lanes. For more information on TSA PreCheck, click here .

    For all TSA related issues, click here.

    Global Entry program
    The Global Entry program expedites clearance of frequent international air travelers through automated kiosks in the U.S. arrivals area at Hartsfield-Jackson. Fingerprint biometric technology verifies a registered member and confirms status. Global Entry is sponsored by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Participation is voluntary. Only U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents with no criminal record are eligible to apply. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment.

    To sign up, or for more information, visit http://www.globalentry.gov

  • Flight Information Overview

    No liquids, gels and/or aerosols are permitted EXCEPT for those in one transparent quart-sized bag. These items are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. The bag must be completely closed/sealed and subjected to X-ray inspection separate from other carry-on baggage.

    Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that prompts alarms during screening will require additional screening. PreCheck passengers can leave their 3-1-1 liquids in their carry-on bags during screening. Non-PreCheck travelers must remove them.

    For a list of prohibited items and exceptions, please visit the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) website here.

    ATL Trak-a-FlightSM

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Airport News

Hartsfield-Jackson Announces Strategic Partnerships

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Hartsfield-Jackson Releases 2022 Environmental, Social, Governance and Prosperity Report

The 2022 report highlights ATL’s continued commitment to environmental sustainability, community engagement, and responsible governance Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) today announced the release of the 2022 Environmental, Social, Governance and Prosperity (ESP+P) report, themed “ATL …

Hartsfield-Jackson Launches ATL Apprenticeship Program

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), in partnership with the Georgia Department of Labor, Atlanta Technical College, and the Technical College System of Georgia, recently launched the ATL Apprenticeship Program. The new program offers a unique, …


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
6000 N Terminal Parkway
Georgia 30320
United States
  • (800) 897-1910