Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport Departures (ATL)

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Airport Codes:

  • International Air Transport Association (IATA): ATL
  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO): KATL
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) uses ATL abbreviation.

Address: 6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320, United States

Tel: +1 (0) 404 2091700
Web: atl.com

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The airport is the main port of the city of Atlanta, located in Georgia state. Located relatively close to downtown, south of downtown, the airport is located on a 4,700 acres piece of land. Atlanta airport is the busiest airport in the world for the last decade. Last year there were 904.301 ATL Hartsfield-Jackson departures. In all these flights a total of 110,531,300 people were transported. It is the main hub for the carrier Delta Air Lines with a fixed base at Hartsfield Jackson Airport. To transport the more than 100 million passengers per year, 5 runways are in use. There are also 2 terminals, a domestic on the west side and the international flights in a terminal on the east side.

Atlanta Airport history

The start of Hartsfield–Jackson goes back to 1925. A large piece of land was leased for a period of 5 years. The mayor would develop an airfield on that piece of land. It started as Candler Field because of the previous owner. A year later the first Atlanta departures were a fact. A Florida Airways mail plane flew to Jacksonville. The airlines Pitcairn Aviation and Delta Air followed a few years later. The airport ran well from the start and was one of the busiest airports in the US in the 1930’s. Only Chicago and New York were busier. The first control tower was then also opened. When the Second World War started it became a military airfield and was used by the Army Air Forces.

New era

The airport was later changed to Atlanta Municipal Airport. Due to the growth in flights, a new terminal was built and opened in 1961. There was a central building leading out to various concourses to which aircraft could connect. Between 2-3 million passengers per year are travelling through the airport and the terminal had a capacity of 6 million. There were meanwhile 3 runways. The airport was named after a former mayor in 1971; William B Hartsfield Atlanta Airport. Flights continued to increase and there were the first trans-Atlantic departures via Washington. The first international Atlanta departures went to Jamaica and Mexico City in the early 1970’s. Those to Europe only a few years later and to Asia even in 1992.

New plan

Not much later after the construction of the new terminal, it quickly became clear that a new plan had to be drawn up. It had to be expanded. Midfield terminal with 2.5 million sq ft. came with the opening in 1980. The capacity was even increased to 55 million passengers per year. A few years later, even the fourth runway was added, with the fifth and last runway in 2001. In 2003, another name change was made. To honor Maynard Jackson it became ‘Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport’. The year 2015 turned out to be a special year. It broke 100 million passengers a year for the first time in world history.

Airport location

Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport, located 12 miles south to Atlanta.  Address is 6000 North Terminal Parkway Atlanta, GA 30320.

Transport to/from Atlanta airport

Traveling to and from the airport can be done in different ways.

  • There are Shared shuttles that run ATL departures to local destinations every 15 minutes as well as regional ones such as Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. If you travel to the center of the city of Atlanta, it costs around 18 USD for Downtown and Midtown and 30 USD for the Buckhead area. If you are staying in a hotel, ask if there is a shuttle. This is often free for guests. There are also Greyhound buses for long distance routes.
  • You can also travel by limousine or taxi. This is of course more expensive but more luxurious.
  • There are also cheaper Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport departures but with public transportation. From the domestic terminal there are Atlanta Hartsfield departures by train (Red and Gold line) to the center. When you arrive at the international terminal you can first take the free shuttle bus to the domestic terminal.
  • If you are planning to rent a car, you can do so at one of the many car rental companies. These are located at the Rental Car Center, somewhat remote from the terminal. There is a Skytrain that travels from the terminal to this center in 15 minutes. There are 24-hour Atlanta departures from the domestic terminal. The most famous car rentals are located there such as Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty, Sixt, Alamo, Avis etc.

There are many parking options at the airport. If you want to park closest, you can do so at Hourly Lot. This costs $3 per hour and $36 per day. Ideal for short term parking. This option is available at both the domestic and the international terminal.

Slightly out there is Daily Lot (domestic terminal only). Slightly cheaper and a good option if you want to park for a few days or a weekend with $19 a day. For long term parking you can go to Economy (domestic only). You can park for only $14 a day. At the domestic terminal you have the choice to park north or south.

Park Ride’s parking locations are ideal for even cheaper parking, which is ideal for a long stay. These are at the international terminal and south of the domestic terminal. You only pay $10 per day for this.

Terminals available for Atlanta international airport departures

Atlanta airport has 7 parallel terminals, lettered T, and A to E. Many of the Atlanta airport flight departures going to destinations within the United States. Most of these domestic flights are leaving from Terminal E and F. In the middle of each elongated terminal are the stations of the underground shuttle train which connect the terminals with each other. At Terminal T, the main Atlanta Airport, is the Ground Transportation Center.

Terminal map


There are 2 terminals with several concourses. Terminal 1 is for domestic flights and terminal 2 for international flights. Atlanta Airport is home to Delta Air Lines which offers flights mainly in Domestic Terminal South. Other airlines such as United, American, Spirit and Southwest Airlines are located at the Domestic North Terminal for Atlanta flight departures.

Domestic Terminal Level 2:


Atlanta international terminal

If you have international Atlanta Georgia airport departures, you will therefore have to travel to the smaller international terminal. Sometimes it is easier to go to Domestic terminal first and then take a free shuttle to International terminal. As you enter the terminal, the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport departures check-in counters are on level 2. The first group (red) is for Delta Sky Priority. The second group of check-in counters is:

  • Aeromexico
  • Air France
  • Delta
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Qatar
  • Virgin Atlantic

The last group of counters is for Air Canada, British Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar, Turkish Airlines and Westjet. After checking in, go through security to Concourse E or F.


International Terminal is located east and has its own entrance and car parks.

Departure destinations

Most Atlanta Airport departures go to Orlando, Florida. That is often with the airlines Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit. The top busiest routes is completed with the following destinations:

International departures

Internationally, most ATL Airport departures to Paris-Charles de Gaulle are with Air France. Schiphol Amsterdam comes in second, flown with KLM. The following places will be:

Due to corona, there were not the 110 million passengers in 2020 as in 2019. With a significant decrease, there were ultimately 42,918,685 passengers and 548,016 flight movements. 2021 is off to a rough start but Atlanta Hartsfield airport departures are unlikely to rise again in the second part of the year.


You can easily spend the night in a hotel within a few miles of the domestic or international terminal. For the international terminal there are less options within those 2 miles. However, we recommend the following:

  • Kimpton Overland Hotel – Atlanta Airport
  • Best Western Plus Atlanta Airport-East

There are many more options on the domestic side of the airport. These hotels are located in the north:

  • Motel 6 Atlanta, GA – Virginia Avenue
  • Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport North
  • Drury Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport

Nearest west of the terminals are the following options:

  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Atlanta Airport Gateway
  • Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel
  • AC Hotel by Marriott Atlanta Airport Gateway

And a little further south of the above are some very good hotels such as:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Airport South/Sullivan Road
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Airport
  • The Westin Atlanta Airport