ATL: Navigating The World's Busiest Airport

 
Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is the World's busiest airport, with over 100 million annual travelers passing through. ATL has 7 concourses, T, and A-F, it is also home to Delta Airlines, one of the world's largest airports, as well it's a focus city for low-cost giant Southwest Airlines.  The Atlanta airport is truly like its own little city with everything you can think of.

 

ATL can be a very confusing place in many ways, yet some simple tricks and knowledge may make it not so complicated. 
 

Here's some knowledge of Atlanta's concourses: 
 

All 7 Concourses and baggage claim (domestic and international) are reachable airside by using the plane train located underground below the terminals, and a train arrives at each stop roughly every 60 seconds or so.  
 

Atlanta has countless numbers of fast food and sit-down restaurants along with pretty much every consumer store you could ever think of. Everything from dozens of Hudson News stores to a Brookstone's to many Clothing stores and more! 
 

Concourse T: Home to the main security checkpoint, because of this being one of only two checkpoints in the airport lines, can take well over an hour even with TSA PreCheck and CLEAR Security. Gates T1-T17 
Airlines of Concourse T: American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines. 
 
 
Concourse A: Gates A1-A34 
Airlines of Concourse A: Delta Airlines 
 
 
Concourse B: Gates B1-B36 
Airlines of Concourse B: Delta Airlines 
 
 
Concourse C: Gates C1-C57 
Airlines of Concourse C: Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines 
 
 
Concourse D: Gates D1-D46 
Airlines of Concourse D: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, jetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, and WestJet 
 
 
Concourse E: International Concourse, Gates E1-E36 
Airlines of Concourse E: AeroMexico Connect, Air Choice One, Boutique Air, Delta Airlines, and jetBlue Airways 
 
 
Concourse F: Home to Security Checkpoint #2 and The International Concourse. Concourse F is the newest, nicest, and most efficient concourse. Travel tip, when going through security use concourse F then take the air train to your gate, it usually takes between 5-10 minutes to get through security there versus T which can and often is over an hour long. Gates F1-F12 
Airlines of Concourse F: AeroMexico Connect, Air Canada Express, Air France, Delta Airlines, jetBlue Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Southwest Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic 
 

 

Destinations served by the airlines of Atlanta: 

 

Air Canada Express: Toronto-Pearson

Air Choice One: Jackson, TN

Air France: Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Alaska Airlines: Seattle/Tacoma

American Airlines: Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, and Washington–National 

 

American Eagle: Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Miami, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, and Washington–National 

 

Boutique Airlines: Greenville (MS) and Muscle Shoals 

 

British Airways: London-Heathrow 

 

Delta Airlines: Akron/Canton, Albany (NY), Albuquerque, Allentown, Amsterdam, Appleton, Aruba, Asheville, Augusta (GA), Austin, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Belize City, Bermuda, Birmingham (AL), Bogotá, Bonaire, Boston, Brussels, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Buffalo, Burbank, Cancún, Cartagena, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City (IA), Charleston (SC), Charleston (WV), Charlotte, Charlottesville, Chattanooga, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbia (SC), Columbus–Glenn, Cozumel, Dallas–Love, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Daytona Beach, Denver, Des Moines, Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Detroit, Düsseldorf, El Paso, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Fayetteville (NC), Flint, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Frankfurt, Gainesville, George Town/Great Exuma Island, Grand Cayman, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville/Spartanburg, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, Gulfport/Biloxi, Harrisburg, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston–Hobby, Houston–Intercontinental, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Jackson (MS), Jacksonville (FL), Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Kansas City, Key West, Kingston–Norman Manley, Knoxville, Lafayette, Lagos, Las Vegas, Lexington, Liberia (CR), Lima, Little Rock, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Louisville, Madison, Madrid, Managua, Manchester (NH), Melbourne (FL), Memphis, Mexico City, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mobile, Montego Bay, Monterrey, Munich, Nashville, Nassau, Newark, New Orleans, Newport News, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Ontario, Orange County, Orlando, Panama City (FL), Panama City–Tocumen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pensacola, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Port-au-Prince, Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Providence, Providenciales, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Quito, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Roanoke, Roatán, Rochester (NY), Rome–Fiumicino, Sacramento, St. Louis, St. Lucia–Hewanorra, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), San José (Costa Rica), San José del Cabo, San Juan, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Santiago de Chile, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Sarasota, Savannah, Seattle/Tacoma, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Sioux Falls, Stuttgart, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tegucigalpa, Tokyo–Haneda (begins March 28, 2020), Tokyo–Narita (ends March 27, 2020), Toronto–Pearson, Tri-Cities (TN), Tucson, Tulsa, Vancouver, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National, West Palm Beach, White Plains, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Wilmington (NC) with seasonal service to Anchorage, Antigua, Barcelona, Bozeman, Dublin, Eagle/Vail, Green Bay, Grenada, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Jackson Hole, Kalispell, Milan–Malpensa, Missoula, Montrose, Myrtle Beach, Oakland, Palm Springs, Reno/Tahoe, St. Croix, St. Kitts, South Bend, Venice–Marco Polo, and Zürich 

 

Delta Connection: Akron/Canton, Albany (GA), Alexandria, Allentown, Appleton, Asheville, Augusta (GA), Baton Rouge, Bloomington/Normal, Brunswick, Burlington (VT), Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Charleston (WV), Charlottesville, Chattanooga, Columbia (SC), Columbus (GA), Columbus (MS), Dothan, Evansville, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Fayetteville (NC), Flint, Fort Smith, Fort Wayne, Freeport, Gainesville, George Town/Great Exuma Island, Green Bay, Greensboro, Greenville/Spartanburg, Gulfport/Biloxi, Havana, Hilton Head, Jacksonville (NC), Key West, Knoxville, Lafayette, Lexington, Lincoln, Mobile, Moline/Quad Cities, Monroe, Montgomery, Montréal–Trudeau, New Bern, Newport News, Peoria, Roanoke, Rochester (MN), Shreveport, South Bend, Springfield/Branson, Tallahassee, Tri-Cities (TN), Tulsa, Valdosta, White Plains, Wilmington (NC) with seasonal to Aspen, Elmira (NY), Fargo, Jackson (MS), Little Rock, Myrtle Beach, North Eleuthera, Rapid City, and Traverse City 

 

Frontier Airlines: Denver, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–LaGuardia, Newark (begins December 10, 2019), Orlando, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham (begins November 14, 2019), Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Juan, Trenton and seasonal service to Austin, Cincinnati, Colorado Springs, San Antonio, Tampa 

 

jetBlue Airways: Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK, Orlando 

 

KLM: Amsterdam 

 

Korean Air: Seoul-Incheon 

 

Lufthansa: Frankfurt 

 

Qatar Airways: Doha 

 

Southwest Airlines: Austin, Baltimore, Boston (ends January 5, 2020), Cancún, Chicago–Midway, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas–Love, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Greenville/Spartanburg, Houston–Hobby, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis (begins March 7, 2020), Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego, Tampa, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National, and West Palm Beach 

 

Spirit Airlines: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa and seasonal service to Atlantic City and Denver 

 

Turkish Airlines: Istanbul 

 

United Airlines: Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco, and Washington–Dulles 

 

United Express: Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, and Washington–Dulles 

Virgin Atlantic London-Heathrow and Manchester (UK)

WestJet: Calgary


 
Some of my Personal Favorite Places To Eat: 

Bobby's Burger Palace: Concourse B, Airside

Ecco: Italian: Concourse F, Second Level, Airside 
One Flew South: Southern, Concourse E, Food Hall, Airside  
Carrabba's: Italian, Concourse C, Main Level, Airside 

 

I hope this guide helps you to travel more efficiently throughout The World’s Busiest Airport.  
 
 
-Brandon Aronoff 

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