This entry is part of a series celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States
What: The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the busiest airport in the world
Where: Ten miles south of Downtown Atlanta
When: ATL first opened its gates in 1925, after leasing property from an abandoned auto racetrack. The first international flight out of Atlanta took place in 1956, and flew to Montreal, Canada.
- Total Area: 4,700 acres
- Number of Runways: 5
- Longest Runway: 11,889 Feet
- Passengers Per Day: More than 250,000 on average
- Flights Per Day: Close to 2,500 arrivals and departures
ATL is not only the busiest airport in the U.S., but also has the tallest air-traffic control tower in the country
ATL is the only airport in the U.S. with a runway that crosses an interstate highway. Its newest runway, constructed in 2006 at a cost of $1.28 billion, bridges I-285.
80% of the U.S. population can reach the Atlanta Int’l Aiport in under 2 hours of flight time
Jay-Z’s club franchise, 40/40, has a location in Concourse D concessions area of ATL