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Great American Infrastructure: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Posted by Content Coordinator on Friday, June 27th, 2014

This entry is part of a series celebrating infrastructure achievements in the United States

Photo by Dan Piotrowski

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.

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  • 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

Interesting Facts:

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

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