Facts about Atlanta International Airport

39 Ace Facts about Atlanta International Airport ✈️

Ever been to an airport as busy as this? Well-known for its efficiency as well as for servicing millions of customers each year, Atlanta’s International Airport is nothing short of being an incredible feat of engineering. As such, it has some incredible history behind it. Whether or not you have ever travelled in and out of the airport before, there’s always likely to be plenty left for you to learn.

Do you know which records the airport has set over the years? Why is it referred to as the ‘Gateway to America’? If you’ve ever visited the US before, it’s likely that Atlanta has emerged as a viable option for landing and take-off. It’s time to dive into some interesting facts about Atlanta International Airport! Before you book a flight in or out of Georgia, make a point of getting to know a little bit more about the main air hub just north of the city.

  1. Atlanta International airport (ATL) is on record as being the busiest airport in the world.
  2. Its full name is the ’Hartsfield Jackson International Airport of Atlanta’.
  3. This airport was first named the ‘busiest’ in 1942, and since 1998, has retained that title.
facts about Atlanta International Airport

ATL’s air traffic control tower

  1. Asa Candler owned the land which the airport is now built on. Candler was founder of Coca-Cola and bought the site which was previously home to a race track.
  2. The airport benefits from having the world’s third-tallest air traffic control tower, which is also the tallest ATC tower in the US.
  3. The first international flights to take off from this airport were to Mexico in 1971.
  1. The airport provides employment for over 60,000 people.
  2. A useful feature of the airport is a 1,000 square foot park, provided for dog owners to exercise their pets.
  3. Following the tragedy of 9/11, the National Guard of Georgia have a presence at the airport.

Facts about Atlanta International Airport

  1. 80% of the American population can reach Atlanta airport within two hours! This makes it one of the most centralized, and one of the most convenient, air travel centers in the country.
  2. The Atlanta airport has held the impressive title of being the world’s most efficient international airport – an accolade it’s held for more than 14 years.
  3. The airport is located to the south of Atlanta, which is seven miles away.
  4. On April 16th, 1925, Mayor Walter Sims signed a lease to build an airfield at the site of the Atlanta Speedway car track. This later became – guess what?
  5. The airport has five runways which run in parallel to each other.
  6. There are 195 gates for access to aircraft from the airport building. That is a world record for commercial airports globally!

facts about atlanta international airport

  1. People using the airport have direct road access to it via Interstate 85 at exit 72.
  2. Approximately one million flights are logged annually at the airport, which is sometimes known as the ‘Gateway to America’.
  3. First known as ‘Candler Field’ airport, the first flight there was recorded on September 15th, 1926. It was made by a mail plane flying from Jacksonville in Florida.
  4. Delta Air Service was one of the first users on the airfield and later on, Delta and Eastern Airlines began to use the airfield as their hub.
  5. In 1940, the US government declared the airport become a military base and was co-managed as ‘Atlanta Army Airfield’ with ‘Candler Airfield’.
  6. The airport grew to double its size and, during World War Two, a record was set for more than 1,700 take offs and landings taking place in one day!

interesting facts about Atlanta Airport

  1. At the end of World War Two, the military activities there ceased.
  2. In 1942, the airport was renamed ‘Atlanta Municipal Airport’.
  3. In 1957, a ‘Sud African Caravelle’ arrived from Washington to become the first jet aircraft to land at the airport.
  4. In 1956, the first scheduled airliners began to use the airport. They were the turbine drive engines of the ‘Capital Viscounts’.
  5. The first scheduled flights of jet airliners took place in 1959. They were Delta DC-8s.
  6. The first trans-Atlantic flight leaving Atlanta was via Washington to Europe by Delta/PanAm in 1964.

facts about Atlanta International Airport

  1. The first scheduled non-stop international flights were to Jamaica and Mexico in 1971.
  2. Scheduled non-stop flights to Asia from Atlanta began in 1992.
  3. In 1957, work began on a new $21 million terminal. It opened in 1961 and was the largest airport terminal in the US at the time. It claimed to have the capacity to handle more than six million passengers.
  4. In its first year of operation, more than nine and a half million passengers passed through the airport!
  5. In the 1970s, it became obvious that the terminal capacity was insufficient. A core building surrounded by six ‘piers’ was increased to become the largest construction project in the south.
  6. The new terminal finally opened in 1980. It was completed before its deadline and under budget!

fun facts about Atlanta International Airport

  1. The new terminal, under the administration of Mayor Jackson, cost $500 million dollars.
  2. Airport concourses and terminal space occupy 6.8 million square feet.
  3. In 1999, a development program called ’Focus on the Future’ planned several construction developments to accommodate the expected increase in demand for 121 million passengers by 2015.
  4. The budget for the scheme was initially $5.4 billion over ten years, but that was later revised to $9 billion!
  5. Atlanta’s Police Helicopter Unit is based at Atlanta Airport.
  6. An automatic transportation system operates for people to move between the airport, the car rental centre, and the Georgia International Convention Center. It is known to many as the ‘Sky Train’.

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